“We’re out here to support everybody,” Oklahoma Atheists member Elyssa Mann said. “So many members of the LGBTQ community are atheists. We’re here to let people know that we exist.”
“Everything he did from the very beginning was to support Tinker and the military presence in Central Oklahoma,” she said.
Tinker employs more than 12,000 military personnel and over 15,000 civilian employees.
Its Two Year Anniversary Party 6 p.m. Thursday gives revelers the gift of an all-local beer wall and special brews.
“I still eat The Hoagie,” she said. “My dad requests them all the time. I took them to his 92nd birthday not long ago.”
Suicide is a leading cause of death in Oklahoma, according to Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) statistics.
Every 30 minutes at the party, COOP releases another beer. Some are vintages of past years’ releases, Jarolim said.
“It was really fun but also a little bit dangerous,” Poarch said. “You didn’t know if the wheels were going to come off or what you were getting yourself into. But now, the [festival] is smooth and pretty, like a Cadillac.”
OKG was launched Oct. 15, 1979, by owner and publisher Bill Bleakley. Today, its cume readership tops 206,000.
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