Warren, Suzanne | 2012
- Birth and Death Year | 1949 - Present
- Induction Year | 2012
- Profession | Philanthropist
- Oklahoma Connection | Warren married Oklahoma Hall of Famer William K. Warren, Jr., and made Tulsa, Oklahoma, her home.
- Hometown | Tulsa/Greenwich, CT
"Her zest for life and devotion to family and friends. She is loyal, compassionate and fun. Her laugh is infectious, she lights up a room and she has never met a stranger." - Judy Kishner, 2012
Inducted into the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame, as a breeder and owner she has enjoyed great success. Saint Liam won the four-million dollar Breeder’s Cup Classic, the richest purse race in America.
Suzanne Warren grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, and attended Rider College (now Rider University), the University of Connecticut, and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with B.A. and M.Ed. degrees. Following graduation she was employed by the Palm Beach County School System. She worked in several programs funded by federal grants for disadvantaged and low-income students both as a resource teacher and director, in addition to teaching adult education.
Warren works to raise public awareness and funding for Tulsa’s arts and social service organizations. Currently she serves as a director/trustee of the Children’s Hospital Foundation at Saint Francis and the Mental Health Association Advisory Board. She is a past director of Cascia Hall Preparatory School, Monte Cassino School, Ronald McDonald House, Tulsa Opera, and The Tulsa Philharmonic. She has served as honorary chair of the Red Ribbon 10-year celebration, which provides home care for patients with AIDS.
Warren helped launch the Painted Pony Ball, the annual fundraiser that benefits the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis where she is a trustee. Through her work with the event, she helped build and financially support the organization so that no family or child in the region is turned away for the lack of ability to pay.
She chaired the 75th Anniversary of the Tulsa Philharmonic featuring Reba McEntire and the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philbrook Gala, the Cinderella Ball, the Mental Health Association’s Inaugural Le Masquerade, and the Tulsa Opera Ball.
The Warrens have been inducted into the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame. As breeders and owners they have enjoyed great success. Saint Liam won the $4,000,000 Breeder’s Cup Classic, the richest purse race in America, and the prestigious Eclipse Awards for Horse of the Year and Older Male Horse. Charitable Man and Denis of Cork placed well in the Kentucky Derby and The Belmont Stakes.
With her husband, William K. Warren, Jr., they have six children—Stephen, William J., Carolyn, John-Kelly, Andrew, and Dana—and are the proud grandparents of Brittlyn, Natalie, Garrett, and Audrey.