Toby Keithand the Toby Keith Foundation officially opened the OK Kids Korral in Oklahoma City on November 21. Toby was joined at the grand opening by the foundation board and advisory council members as well as several hundred invited guests. The OK Kids Korral is a cost-free home away from home for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
“OK Kids Korral is like Ritz Carlton meets Disney World,” Toby said. “I couldn’t be more excited to open the doors to children with cancer.”
“It was a group effort,” Executive Director Juliet Nees-Bright said. “On any given day we had five construction contractors working while furniture was being installed. It felt like it took a small army, but because we all worked together, we got it done. Every decision about the house was made with our guests in mind. We hope the Korral brings comfort and a smile to those who need it the most.”
The 25,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art OK Kids Korral has 16 rooms, a neutropenic wing for children with weakened immune systems, a gourmet kitchen, an Oklahoma Route 66 themed indoor play room, Oklahoma themed outdoor playground, game room, a family resource room, laundry room, theater and reflection room. It also features icons unique to Oklahoma such as the blue whale from Catoosa and the round barn from Arcadia. It will also house The Toby Keith Foundation’s offices.
For more information on OK Kids Korral, including how to donate and volunteer to help, visit www.tobykeithfoundation.org.