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Gutter Dance 14 raises over $8,000

Gutter Dance 14, a charity bowling event presented by The Hal Smith Restaurant Group, was held Thursday, May 11. Sixty-eight bowlers from around the Oklahoma City metro area converged on the Sooner Bowling Center in Norman to bowl for fun, food, prizes and bragging rights in support of the J. D. McCarty Center’s Camp ClapHans summer camp.

This year’s Gutter Dance netted $8,689 for Camp ClapHans’ operations.

“Camp ClapHans is a residential summer camp program for kids 8 to 18-years old with special needs. Camp ClapHans was built entirely with donated money, and camp operations are funded in the same way,” said Greg Gaston, director of marketing. “The Gutter Dance is just one of several events through the course of the year that contribute to the camp’s operation.”

Camp ClapHans will begin its 5th season on Sunday, June 11. The camp is located on the south end of the McCarty Center’s 80-acre campus in Norman.

Team winners for the 14th annual Gutter Dance were as follows: In third place, with 1,064 pins, was Peyton’s Body Guards. Team members were Jacob McLain, Pat King, Chris King and Matt Powers.

In second place, with 1,066 pins, was Wannabe Ballers. Team members were Dean Bischoff, Phillip Studebaker, Aaron Whetstone and Soddee Knight.

And in first place, a perennial top three finisher in the Gutter Dance, was Tiffany’s Restaurant with a pin count of 1,136. Team members were Ian Hicks, Robert Kent, Donnie Hicks and Jerry Dover.

“The Gutter Dance always honors the last place team,” said Gaston. “The Gutter Dance isn’t so much about being a good bowler, but about supporting a worthy cause and having fun doing it.” This year’s winner of the coveted bobble head bowling ball trophies for last place with 307 pins were The Split Ends. The team was made up of Steffan Spain, Will Spain, Randi Wilkie and Aaron Bumgarner.

The most creative bowling shirt contest was won by The Bowl Movements. This team was composed of Robin Knight, Tara Wilbanks, Ashli Velez and Alan Farmer.

The big prize of the night was a 3-day/2-night trip to Branson provided by corporate sponsor Reynolds Ford. The prize went to the bowler with the most number of strikes made. This year’s winner, with 9 strikes, was Soddee Knight.

“There are several elements that go into making a long running, successful event like the Gutter Dance,” said Gaston. “It’s our teams, it’s our strike and door prize providers, our many, many lane sponsors and our corporate sponsors: The Hal Smith Restaurant Group, Johnny Carino’s, Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Norman Family Dentistry, Republic Bank and Trust and Reynolds Ford.

The date for Gutter Dance 15 has been set for Thursday, May 17, 2018.

The Tiffany’s Restaurant team, from Noble, are perennial top three finishers at the Gutter Dance charity bowling event. This year Tiffany’s added another 1st place finish with 1,136 pins. Team members are (l-r) Ian Hicks, Robert Kent, Peyton King, Donnie Hicks and Jerry Dover. (Photo by Sharla Bardin)

1st place Ian Hicks Robert Kent, Peyton King, Donnie Hicks, Jerry Dover
1st place Ian Hicks Robert Kent, Peyton King, Donnie Hicks, Jerry Dover
Last place team
Last place team
Little Guys Movers
Little Guys Movers
Strike Force bowler
Strike Force bowler

Families can register now for Camp ClapHans

Registration is now under way for Camp ClapHans, a summer camp in Norman for kids with disabilities.

The camp is open to kids ages 8 to 18 and is an outreach program of the J.D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities. Applications are due March 17. The cost to attend camp is $325, and scholarships are available to families who qualify.

Five camp sessions are offered this summer, and the sessions are from Sunday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon. The camp is located on the center's campus at 2002 E. Robinson St. in Norman and features two cabins and an activities building that are located next to an 11-acre lake.

Activities for campers include archery, arts and crafts, camp fires, canoeing, dances, fishing, horseback riding, talent shows and swimming.

This summer's theme is royalty, and games, activities and crafts will be tailored to the theme.

“Every camper will get to experience the ‘royal treatment,’” said Bobbie Hunter, director of Camp ClapHans.

Hunter said she is excited about meeting the campers and believes the kids will enjoy this summer's programs.

“I want camp to be an encouraging, energetic and positive place for children with developmental disabilities to try new things and make new friends and build their confidence,” she said.

For more information about camp, contact Hunter at 405-307-2865 or email

Here are the sessions for summer 2017.
Week 1: June 11-14
Week 2: June 18-21
Week 3: June 25-28
Week 4: July 9-12
Week 5: July 23-26

2017 Camp Catalog

Gutter Dance Registration

Gutter Dance Registration is Open. See our News Release and Brochure below Gutter Dance News Release
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Future medical providers run for the J. D. McCarty Center

The Oklahoma City University Physician Assistant Program’s Class of 2018 is hosting Trick or Treatment, a 5K run and 1 mile fun run, to benefit the J. D. McCarty Center’s Camp ClapHans summer camp program for kids with special needs ages 8 to 18.

This USA Track and Field certified event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22. The run begins at 9 a.m. and starts at the OCU softball field. This will be a family friendly event with face painting, games and Halloween fun. Halloween costumes are encouraged.

The OCU PA Class of 2018 is the inaugural class for this program. With doctors in short supply there is a growing need for physician assistants. The PA education model is based on the fast-track training of doctors during World War II, which allows PAs to complete training in less time, about 2 ½ years.

Physician assistants typically obtain medical histories, perform examinations and procedures, order treatments, diagnose diseases, prescribe medication, order and interpret diagnostic tests, refer patients to specialists as required and first or second-assist in surgery.

Physician Assistants work in hospitals, clinics and other types of health facilities, or in academic administration, and exercise autonomy in medical decision making. PA’s practice in primary care or medical specialties, including emergency medicine, surgery, cardiology, etc. according to the legal scope of practice in which PA’s may participate. Their practice is in collaboration with a physician.

“We are proud to be the first class in the OCU PA program and we hope to establish this run as a tradition that we can pass down to the next incoming class,” said Melissa Zenner, Class of 2018 treasurer. “We heard several presentations from class members about potential charities to support with our effort and the class voted on Camp ClapHans.”

The entry fee for the 5K is $20 and $15 for the 1 mile fun run. Children under 3 are free. You can register online at SignMeUp. Make sure to register by Oct. 12 to guarantee your t-shirt size.

For more information about the Trick or Treatment 5k run and 1 mile fun run contact Zenner at 405.410.9480 or

Ride for Recovery benefits riders and children

Farm Boy. Slingshot. Mongo. Sweed. Toolsac. Totone. Roy Boy. Compass. These are the road names given to men who belong to a brotherhood of clean and sober bikers. They are Survivors.

The Survivors Clean and Sober Motorcycle Club is national group whose primary purpose is to be in the community for the brother or sister who wants to stop drugging or drinking. The Survivors have all changed their lives through 12 step programs and carry that message where ever they go. Recently, the Survivors MC became an international organization with the establishment of a tribe in New Zealand. Tribe is the term used to identify each club.

Besides being a support group, holding each other accountable for their sobriety, the tribes are also very committed to giving back to the community through volunteer work and fundraising.

“Giving back to the community is very important to club members,” said Willie “Farm Boy” Moore, president of the Central Oklahoma Survivors. “As addicts we spent a lot of time taking freely from the community. Giving back to the community is an important part of recovery for us.”

On Sunday, Sept. 4, the central Oklahoma tribe hosted their 4th annual Ride for Recovery. The proceeds from this poker run went to support the J. D. McCarty Center’s Camp ClapHans. Camp ClapHans is a residential summer camp program for kids with special needs ages 8 to 18.

One hundred and eleven motorcycles from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado participated in the Ride for Recovery raising $5,356 for Camp ClapHans. The money was raised from ride fees, raffles and auction items.

One of those riders was Michael “Mayhan” Gravelle of Fort Smith, Ark. He brought his 2 children, Ariel and Gabe, with him. “I’m glad I can teach them more about biking and show them some of the charitable work the club does,” said Gravelle. “It’s good for them to see what we’re really about.”

These tribe members don’t greet each other with secret club handshake. They greet each other with ‘holding on for dear life’ bear hugs. It goes without saying that they understand each other’s struggles and commitment to change, and that they are there to support one another. Members wear a patch on their vests, written in all caps, that says it all—I AM MY BROTHERS KEEPER.

Farmboy said that without their sobriety, they wouldn’t have their jobs or their families. Those are the important things that are worth fighting for every day for these tribe members. After all, they are Survivors.

Norman Conquest produces record donation for Camp ClapHans

The Bicycle League of Norman’s Norman Conquest Bicycle Tour has benefited the J. D. McCarty Center’s Camp ClapHans summer camp program since 2008. This year’s tour, ridden on Saturday, July 9, produced a record donation for the camp.

Norman Conquest chairman, Jerry Puckett, has announced that the BLN will donate $10,000 to Camp ClapHans. This amount doubles the organizations previous high donation.

While the McCarty Center is a state agency, no state funds were used in the construction of Camp ClapHans. It was built entirely with money raised through the J. D. McCarty Center Foundation. The camp is operated in the same manner, through donated and fundraised money. “We are lucky to have the support of groups like the BLN who recognize the benefits of programs like Camp ClapHans and are willing to support it,” said Greg Gaston, McCarty Center spokesman. “We are very appreciative of this partnership with BLN.”

“We had great weather, lots of new riders and the most event sponsors we’ve ever had,” said Puckett. “It was a good event. No injuries. No incidents on the routes and everyone had a good time. The feedback from the riders has been really good.”

The Norman Conquest’s motto is ‘Conquer the heat! Conquer the hills!’ On a typically hot July morning 559 riders from Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas did just that. The riders of all ages, shapes and sizes chose routes of 10, 22, 46 or 64 miles for their own personal conquest.

The 64 mile route was renamed ‘The Grimwood Loop’ this year in honor of fallen cyclist Michael Grimwood. Grimwood, an avid cyclist, was killed last year by an inattentive driver while riding just south of Purcell. The Norman Conquest was one of his favorite events. The Grimwood Loop is the most challenging route of the Norman Conquest.

The DNA Racing Team, from Oklahoma City, has ridden in the Norman Conquest for a number of years and always take the Grimwood Loop. This year DNA covered the 64 mile very hilly course in 2 hours and 42 minutes. Friends of the DNA team were overheard chiding them for being 2 minutes slower than last year. It should be noted that some members of the DNA team meet in Oklahoma City and ride to Norman as a warm up to the Norman Conquest, then ride back to Oklahoma City after the event.

The Norman Conquest attracts individuals and teams, each riding for various reasons from enjoyment, to the challenge, to raising money for a cause. Team Martha is one of the teams that rides for a cause.

Team Martha is based out of South Lake, Texas. The team captain is Bret McIntyre, formerly of Norman. Bret’s wife, Martha, has Multiple Sclerosis. The group made up of members from Texas and Oklahoma ride in events like the Norman Conquest to raise money for MS. Team Martha has been riding together for 8 years and raise an average of $28,000 a year for MS.

The BLN supports and encourages the growth of recreational bicycling in and around Norman by organizing ride events, supporting bicycle safety and educational activities, participating in local government planning for improved bicycle access and emphasizing the healthful and social aspects of cycling. The BLN hosts semiweekly group rides during the spring and summer months and maintains the Clear Bay mountain bike trails at Lake Thunderbird. For more information visit

The J. D. McCarty Center is Oklahoma’s center of excellence in the care and treatment of children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 21. This pediatric rehab hospital provides the physical, occupational, speech and language therapy that these children need to reach their highest level of function and independence.

Camp ClapHans is a residential summer camp program of the McCarty Center for children ages 8 to 18. The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association and provides a one-to-one camper to camp staff ratio. The camp offers the same summer camp activities that any typically developing child would find at summer camp, it’s just that all of Camp ClapHans activities are adaptable to the campers ability. Camp ClapHans has just completed its fourth season of operation.

Norman Conquest News Release

Camp ClapHans Registration

Registration for camp starts Jan. 11

Registration starts Jan. 11 for Camp ClapHans, a residential summer camp in Norman for children with special needs.

The camp is for kids ages 8 to 18 and is an outreach program of the J.D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities.

Applications are due March 11. The cost is $325, and scholarships are available to families who qualify. Five camp sessions are offered this summer, and the sessions are from Sunday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon.

The camp is located on the center's campus at 2002 E. Robinson St. in Norman and features two cabins and an activities building that are located next to an 11-acre lake.

Activities for campers include archery, arts and crafts, camp fires, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, talent shows and swimming.

To register for camp, call 405-307-2814 or email Camp Director at Camp Director.


2016 schedule:

Session 1: June 12 — June 15

Session 2: June 19 — June 22

Session 3: June 26 — June 29

Session 4: July 10 — July 13

Session 5: July 17 — July 20


To view our Camp Flier PDF, click HERE