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ON THE COVER: Willard Stone with Exodus, left, and Uprooted.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Earlier this month I concluded my term as chairman of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. It has been an excellent year and I am proud of the progress we have made in strengthening the foundation of this worthwhile and vital organization. The rebranding from the Oklahoma Heritage Association to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame has resulted in enhanced visibility while remaining true to the original mission of our founder. It has better aligned us with our state’s most significant honor and increased awareness of our efforts in educating our youth. The ballroom of the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center was the venue for this year’s Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony and a full house welcomed the Class of 2015. The 2015 event was record breaking, in addition to experiencing the greatest promotion through television and all forms of social media trending the event. More on the induction ceremony and the Honorees is included in this issue. I want to introduce you to your incoming chairman—Mark Stansberry. From Edmond, Oklahoma, Mark is an international businessman, energy leader, author, and humanitarian. He founded The GTD Group, where
he serves as chairman, to help American businesses expand into international markets and operate skillfully in diverse cultural, political, and competitive landscapes. He is eager to work with our donors and staff to keep the momentum going. Finally, I want to thank you for your support of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum and for joining us in telling Oklahoma’s story through its people. I hope you will continue, and increase if appropriate, your support in the coming year.
Joe P. Moran III, Chairman
Mark A. Stansberry
Phil B. Albert
Gov. Bill Anoatubby Ada
Bill Burgess, Jr.
Joe P. Moran III
Virginia G. Groendyke Enid
Calvin J. Anthony
PRESIDENT & CEO
Bruce T. Benbrook
Shannon L. Rich
Duke R. Ligon
Clayton I. Bennett
Nevyle R. Cable
CHAIRMAN APPOINTMENTS DIRECTORS AT LARGE
Glen D. Johnson
Nevyle R. Cable Okmulgee
Pat Henry Lawton
Glen D. Johnson Oklahoma City
Roxana Lorton Tulsa
Tom J. McDaniel Oklahoma City
Lee Allan Smith Oklahoma City
G. Lee Stidham Checotah
As we close 2015 I want to thank our donors, volunteers, the committed officers and directors, and the dedicated staff for one of our most successful years in our history. This year has been busy with the excitement of a national exhibit, additional programming, new partners helping with our mission, 60% increase in museum attendance and the plan for 2016 aspires for continued growth. We will start off the year with the Tulsa World/Lorton Family Gallery hosting the works of Oklahoma Hall of Famer Willard Stone. The exhibit also will feature the talents of Stone’s family. Saturday, March 5th our Teen Board will host its annual fundraiser, the Oklahoma Land Run 10K and 5K. This event continues to grow every year so mark your calendars and register now. Since its inception the Teen Board has provided for more than 12,000 students to visit the Gaylord-Pickens Museum and be inspired by Oklahomans and members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. On March 12th students in each of our 77 counties will be competing for at least eight scholarships made possible by donors and partnerships with Oklahoma colleges and universities. Thursday, May 19 we will announce the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Just a reminder, anyone can
Phil B. Albert Alison Anthony Sand Springs
Steve Burrage Antlers
Ann L. Caine Oklahoma City
Stan Clark Stillwater
Mick Cornett Oklahoma City
Teresa Rose Crook Edmond
Chad Dillingham Enid
Rebecca Dixon Tulsa
Gentner F. Drummond Tulsa
Greg Elliott Chickasha
Ken Fergeson Altus
Malinda Berry Fischer Stillwater
make a nomination and nomination forms are available at OklahomaHoF. com. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 4 and the 2016 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony will be held, in Oklahoma City, on the evening of Thursday, November 17. In the fall our Second Century Board will host the second annual Oklahoma Born & Brewed event at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum and another sellout crowd is expected. This event features premiere and upand-coming craft brewers from across the state highlighting this growing industry. Proceeds benefit education programming for the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and the GaylordPickens Museum. In addition, we will continue distribution of our titles to libraries statewide to enhance the resources available to students on our rich history and heritage. I look forward to seeing you in 2016 and wish for you a happy and prosperous New Year!
STONE CENTENNIAL A Legacy of Art through Family
Shannon L. Rich, President & CEO
Jennifer M. Grigsby
Joe D. Hall
Gregory E. Pyle
T. Hastings Siegfried
Michael E. Smith
C. Renzi Stone
Clayton C. Taylor
Steven W. Taylor
Michael C. Turpen
John M. McArthur
Frank W. Merrick
Oklahoma City Elk City
Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Yukon
Oklahoma City Stillwater Tulsa
Vicki Miles-LaGrange Oklahoma City
Lonesome Coyote, 5x4x2, wood
Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Tulsa
BY MARISSA RAGLIN
rtist. Sculptor. Family Man. Willard Stone would have celebrated his 100th birthday on February 29, 2016. In celebration of his life and successful artistic career, the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, will showcase a multi-media exhibition by the late Willard Stone and family members in Willard Stone Centennial: A Legacy of Art through Family. On display in the Museum’s Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery January 23, 2016 through April 30, 2016. A reception will be held on February 25, 2016 coinciding with the late Willard Stone’s 100th birthday.
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Exhibiting regionally and nationally, Stone gained wide recognition for his stylized human and animal figures created from a variety of locally obtainable woods and occasionally cast in ceramic or bronze. 35 3
Stone’s work is preserved in public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. Collections of Stone’s work also are found at the Willard Stone Museum in Locust Grove, the Five Civilized Tribes Museum, the Cherokee National Museum near Tahlequah, and the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Born in Oktaha, Oklahoma, Willard Stone was born to George and Lyda Stone in 1916. Stone’s father would die a year later, leaving his mother as the sole provider to seven children. Educated at Oktaha Public Schools, Stone knew he wanted to be an artist from an early age. Drawing and painting were his preferred medium until an accident at the age of 13 lopped off a portion of two fingers and a thumb. Stone’s dreams of becoming an artist were deterred briefly. He looked at this tragedy as a turning point in life; a time to regroup. He soon regained his passion and retrained his fingers using clay found from a roadside ditch. Molding and working with the clay posed no problem for Stone. Through Stone’s efforts exhibited at state fairs in Muskogee and Okmulgee,
he gained the attention of historian Grant Foreman. With the help and encouragement of Foreman, Willard enrolls at Bacone Indian College in Muskogee in 1935. There he studies underneath renowned Native American painters Acee Blue Eagle and Woody Crumbo. Stone enters in his first national art competition in 1938 and wins second place in a contest sponsored by Proctor and Gamble for best advanced amateur soap carving. It would be among his most prized honors. Stone’s family recalls him reminiscing, “I can still see that letter.” In 1940, Stone meets Sophie Coger at an Oktaha honky-tonk called The Log Cabin. By the end of the year he left Bacone to start a family with his new wife. In 1941, they welcome their first child of thirteen. To support his growing family, Stone worked many odd jobs. He worked on an industrial power plant, assisted in construction projects for the U.S. Army, designed patterns for Earnest Weiman Ironworks, and served as die finisher for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft. Though his focus is on providing for his family, he continues to work on his art, now favoring working with his chisel and wood. While employed at the industrial
Willard and wife Sophie. They would become parents to 13 children.
Raincrow Illusion, 16x4x2, wood, side A
Raincrow Illusion, 16x4x2, wood, side B
power plant in Pryor, Oklahoma, Stone meets oilman, art collector, and philanthropist Thomas Gilcrease. Gilcrease purchased the first collection of the artist’s work, primarily featuring a unique series of wood sculptures that would grow to 52 pieces. In 1946, Stone moved his growing family to a farm on a rocky hillside east of Locust Grove. Thomas Gilcrease contracts Stone as artist in residence for the Gilcrease Foundation, later known as the Gilcrease Museum. This three year residency is widely viewed as the most important of his career. Working from home, Stone creates the sculpture “Lady of Spring” which was later exhibited in the White House. In 1961 the demand for his sculptures enabled him to devote full time to his art. Stone once said, “For a while my carving became strictly a part time thing…I decided that I had to either do it full time or quit…So I took the plunge.”
Stone received multiple awards throughout his lifetime. Between 1969 and 1980 he received a total of ten awards in juried competitions at the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, including that of Master Artist in 1973. He produced commissioned pieces for the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians at Anadarko in 1964, the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1965, and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in 1966. In 1967 the Cherokee Historical Society commissioned “Exodus.” It would become one of Willard’s most recognizable pieces and the first of a trilogy of works commemorating the Trail of Tears. He also completes the second in the series, “Transplant.” The trilogy was complete in 1980 with Stone’s “Uprooted.” In 1969 his illustrations appeared in Cherokee
Spirit Tales by Jack Gregory and Rennard Strickland, published by the Indian Heritage Association. That year, Stone received the Outstanding Indian Award from the Council of American Indians in Tulsa. In 1970 Stone was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Stone created a sculpture for each 1970 inductee. The sculpture depicted an owl confidently standing with its head held high. Family members recall Stone feeling surprised to be given such an honor, and he humorously stated, “I felt like a puffed up owl.” Bacone College in Muskogee awarded him an honorary degree in 1972. Oklahoma Christian College in Oklahoma City designated him a Distinguished American Citizen in 1974 and awarded him an honorary doctor of humanities degree in 1976. Daughter Linda Stone Callery states, “He could always see what was in the wood. He would carve away the excess so that we could see what was in the wood.” Stone often used flowing lines in his sculptures. He never abandons realism in his works, although focusing on organic, stylistic shapes in his sculptures. His smooth high gloss finishes are reminiscent of the Art Deco style. “When he did a piece, it was what was in him, he carved it the way he saw it.” Inspired by his large family, Stone often depicted family members, humorous stories, and personal experiences in his sculptures. Callery recalls, “I was his shadow, always interested in art and always following him around. He taught us how to make things out of nature. Whether it was walking with stilts, playing in the mud, we were
always outside. We grew all of our own food from the animals to the garden. My daddy always had a great sense of humor. He used to talk for the animals, and say what they were thinking. He would use these humorous stories in his carvings; he would carve the animals with emotions to get his feelings out. And we all had to work and do a lot of chores on the farm; we didn’t go a lot of places. But, we had everything we needed on 30 acres.” Stone’s sense of humor is evident in his “dog house” collection. When he and his wife Sophie would get into an argument, she would give him the John 3:16, Original
silent treatment. Stone would go out to his shop and carve a small sculpture out of wood. This allowed for time to pass and for him to come up with a proper apology. After some time had passed he would bring the sculpture and present it to his wife to get out of the “dog house.” In addition to Stone’s works, Willard Stone Centennial: A Legacy of Art through Family features
Around the Work Bench Linda Stone Callery, daughter of Willard Stone The old, nicked and gouged work bench sits idle now. The clamp on the front no longer holds the wood waiting to be changed from a stark rectangular block of walnut, sassafras, or cherry to something beautiful to behold—a deer, maybe, or a squirrel, a beautiful woman, or a child holding a bunny. Only the sculptor knows what’s hiding amongst the shavings that he chisels away. Only he can unveil it to the world. Drawing pad and pencil in hand, Daddy sits on the end of the couch contemplating the block of wood, and he begins sketching. The ever present cup of coffee is sitting beside him on the end table; Mom is sitting in her chair in the corner hand piecing a quilt top; and my brothers, sisters and I are all sprawled around the living room in our favorite places. The TV is playing Gunsmoke, the Wonderful World of Disney, or maybe The Red Skelton Show. This is the atmosphere where creative ideas come to life on the sketch pad. The hands on the clock move; time passes. The sketch goes from the drawing pad to a larger piece of paper that will be the pattern which will be traced on the selected piece of wood. Sketch and pattern finished, he lays the pencil down The clock chimes 2:00 a.m. The remains of his cup of coffee have long grown cold, and weariness sets in as he realizes he has to get up at 5:00 a.m. to catch his ride to Tulsa for his daytime job at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft. The car stops in front of the house and Daddy climbs out. His worked day away from home is over and now he is on to the daily evening chores that must be finished before he can sit down, take a breath, and enjoy family dinner. Dinner over, it’s time to head to the workshop.
Heading out the back door of the house, he takes the design pattern to his workshop. Once inside the shop, he picks up the selected piece of wood, lays it on his work bench, grabs a piece of carbon paper, his #2 lead pencil, and the pattern. Carefully the carbon paper and the pattern are positioned and taped to the wood. With his pocket knife, he sharpens his pencil then traces the design onto the wood. Once the design is on the wood, he takes it over to his band saw and gently blocks out the design. It is now ready for the pocket knife and chisel. He takes the piece over to the workbench that he handmade years ago. On the front of the bench is a vice that holds the piece steady as the unnecessary wood is chiseled away. I watch as he holds the tool in his damaged right hand. The hand only has stubs where his thumb and first two fingers used to be. As he holds the chisel with his right hand, he positions his left hand beside it guiding the tool where he wants it to go. As I sit and watch him carve, his actions seem effortless. This Godgiven gift that he has been blessed with cannot be stopped by a damaged hand. The chisel moved in rhythm to “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” the Marty Robbins' song playing on the record player. When he was working in the shop, the record player took place of the TV. Records by Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Hank Snow, Johnny Horton, and others played as wood shavings floated to the floor. Soon the floor around the bench was covered with shavings. He put down the chisel and picked up his pocket knife to refine and smooth the wood. How many hours passed? How many shavings were swept up and thrown away? How many blocks of wood became works of art after spending time on this old work bench?
multi-media works from family members. The exhibition showcases the legacy of art appreciation amongst the family as well as the raw talent within the family lineage. Callery states, “My father always told me that I was to be a painter. Wanting to follow in my father’s sculpture and carving path, I didn’t appreciate that fact until I was 40. When looking back now, I see that he was right. Whenever I was sick at home, he would go buy me a coloring book
nephews and the great grandchildren are interested in the arts as well. Whether enrolled in an arts program at the collegiate level or beginning painting lessons, the talent runs within the younger generations as well.” “My father was very gifted. The amount of talent paired with his philosophy and passion made for incredible works. I think his gift was more in line with Michelangelo and Leonardo…he was gifted like that. It was so in him that it was his life.
Willard Stone with Exodus, left and Uprooted.
and crayons. Everything I colored was in full-color and he loved that.” Callery currently paints and works with mosaics. “My mosaics use a mixture of tile and fused glass. I have many talented family members as well. My brother Jason Stone is a full time sculptor. He lives and works out of Daddy’s old shop.” Jason Stone works off of Willard Stone’s old sketches to create some of his new content. It is through this that Willard Stone’s work is continued to be created and showcased in the community. Callery states, “Also, his daughter Mitzi Stone has taken up sculpting. My
To say that all of us are that gifted, I could not say. But we do have talent. Other than being God-given, our artistic practices are passed on to us through my daddy, Willard Stone.” Stone passed away March 5, 1985, and was buried in the family cemetery at his home near Locust Grove. Stone’s work has remained influential in the artistic community in the thirty years that have passed since his death. In 2009, the Gilcrease Museum held a career retrospective of his work, “Storyteller in Wood.” It is also through the talents of his extended family that his work and vision lives on.
Willard with Henry Bellmon Bust
Willard Stone would sketch his projects before finding the perfect piece of wood to bring it to life.
CELEBR AT ING 50 YE AR S IN STAFFING
BY SHERRY A. KAST Howling for Space
In less than two years with Acme Personnel, Bob Funk was named branch manager in June 1967.
Bob Funk was the first in his family to graduate from college. He went on to earn multiple degrees.
In 1968, Bob Funk received the President’s Award from Acme Personnel President Bill Reiff.
ob Funk knows a thing or two about putting people to work. For the last 50 years, this Oklahoma businessman and rancher has poured leadership wisdom into hundreds of thousands of job seekers throughout North America, ultimately putting more than six million people to work in his career. “At 18, I decided I wanted to be three things simultaneously—a minister, a rancher, and an entrepreneur,” Bob said. “When I made that declaration to my boss, he told me I was dreaming. But, I didn’t let that stop me. I worked my way through college and became the first in my family to graduate out of 32 cousins. Today, I am so blessed to have seen all three of those dreams come true.” Bob always possessed the entrepreneurial spirit and a strong work ethic. He began his career with Acme Personnel, a Washington state-based staffing company. He worked for Acme for 18 years until the company dissolved. From humble beginnings, out of a broken Acme Personnel, Express Employment Professionals began in 1983 with six offices in Oklahoma, two in Colorado, and one in Oregon. Express struggled during a time when the oil industry took a devastating downturn. Although local banks and businesses were failing daily, Express managed to keep afloat. That first
year, Express Employment Professionals was able to generate gross revenues of more than $2 million despite the depressed economy. By design, Express offered temporary staffing to help clients and customers through the 14 percent unemployment recession in Oklahoma.The company marketed probationary hiring as a method of training and a “try before you buy” hiring methodology. And, as an innovator in the staffing industry, Express eliminated applicant fees.To this day, when job seekers come to Express, they don’t pay fees. Other large staffing companies have since followed suit. By 1999, sales for Express topped $1 billion. The franchise network added its 500th office in 2005. In October 2011, Express associates achieved a monumental milestone, working a combined total of three million hours in a single week. “We were determined to grow by finding great franchisees who believed in the Express vision,” Bob said. “I have always liked business ownership and I discovered that when you have skin in the game, you play harder, you work smarter, and you produce at a higher level.” Express franchisees are known for their client satisfaction ratings, achieving Inavero’s Best of Staffing Client® Award for six years running and subsequently being named Best of Staffing® Diamond Award winner. In addition, Express was recognized as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the country and named to the Inc. 500 four years in a row. The staffing giant was named the number one staffing franchise in America for three consecutive years and named one of the top 100 fastest growing franchise systems in America (out of 3,500 franchisors) for two consecutive years by Entrepreneur Magazine. For more than 30 years, Express has been helping people find work all across North America and South Africa in Bob Funk purchased Acme Personnel businesses, with offices in Tulsa, Del City, Norman, different trades, industries, and profesShawnee, and Oklahoma City, from Bill Reiff sions. Bob has led Express Employment in December of 1982. The two had worked Professionals to $2.85 billion in sales in together for more than a decade.
“We were determined to grow by finding great franchisees who believed in the Express vision.” 2014 and 750 franchises. Staffing Industry Analysts ranked the company number one in industrial staffing in 2014. “The growth we’ve seen in our company is a testament to the culture of Express,” Bob said. “We have an incredible support team of more than 250 employees at headquarters who are dedicated to helping people succeed at the franchise level, and our franchisees are personally invested in seeing their communities grow and thrive.” Express provides staffing expertise to more than 65,000 companies annually. Since its inception, the company’s vision has been, and will continue to be, to help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people. Bob aspires to the notion that everyone deserves to experience the satisfaction and self-esteem that comes from being engaged in meaningful work. Whether you’re an IT professional, an entrepreneur, a warehouse worker, or any and everything in between, meaningful work can Express Employment Professionals celebrating 3,000,000 hours worked in one week.
add purpose and fulfillment to your life. It can help shape your future and the future of your children’s lives. Work can add to your satisfaction, success, and happiness. It can give hope. “Employment impacts all of our lives. When we help people find jobs, it helps restore confidence and provides them hope,” Bob said. “A job helps them take care of their families. There is honor and fulfillment in hard work. There is tremendous personal value in a job well done. “Seeing a person find a job is one of the greatest joys in life,” Bob said. “Since January 2013, we’ve put more than 1 million new people to work. Our longterm goal is to put a million people to work annually. We’re projected to employ 510,000 in 2015.” Bob personally owns 37 Express franchises in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Kansas, and stays active with Expressaffiliated companies—Express Ranches, The Express Clydesdales, and Express Travel Service. Express Employment Professionals is the third largest employer in Oklahoma employing more than 30,000 people in 2014.
Express Employment Professionals continuously provides support to local and international charities and organizations. And many of the Express owners and their staff members partner with local charities to contribute to causes that are important to their employees and customers. Bob Funk is former chairman of the board and currently a board member of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and chairman and member of the Oklahoma Youth Expo, the world’s largest junior livestock show. Express Ranches has contributed $3.8 million in scholarships to 411 participants in youth agriculture shows. In the last 10 years, the Express Philanthropic Fund has contributed more than $7.5 million to charitable organizations throughout Oklahoma. He was honored to serve as chairman of the Conference of Chairmen for the Federal Reserve Bank System in 2007 and chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Banking 10th district from 2006 to 2007. He is a former board member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) as well as charter and former board of trustees member for Sales and Marketing Executives International “Giving back is not just a moral obligation for the Express franchise network,” Bob said. “We are community driven and our people have a passion to help others.We
know we would not be where we are today without the support of the local communities in which our offices are located.” Recognizing that the children of today are the workforce of tomorrow, Express focuses on children as the beneficiary of its corporate contributions. Since 1991—on both local and corporate levels—Express Employment Professionals has contributed more than $4.5 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Beginning in 2013, Express offices from California to North Carolina and in Canada come together at local food banks and pantries across North America to help fight hunger—a growing epidemic that impacts millions of people in the U.S., Canada, and around the world every day. The company’s national day of service, Brand It Blue Day, helps fight hunger through local food drives and volunteering. In the past three years, Express offices have helped provide more than 156,000 meals to families in need. To his credit, Bob was inducted into the IFA Hall of Fame in 2010 and earlier named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000. He was named Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO for a privately held company by The Journal Record in 2013 and received the Oklahoma State University Division of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources Champion Award in 2014. In February 2015, Bob was named Man of the Year by Impact OKC Magazine.
Bob Funk with Robin Roberts. A longtime Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ supporter, Express Employment Professionals has donated more than $4.5 million.
Express Ranches and Express Clydesdales appear in events throughout the United States and Canada.
In 2014, Express Employment Professionals donated $300,000 to Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild homes in Moore.
Express Ranches Express Ranches has thousands of Angus and Limousin cattle and maintains nearly 200,000 acres of land at seven locations, including El Reno, Perkins, Shawnee, and Yukon and Cimarron, Ute Park, and Wagon Mound, New Mexico. Express Ranches has been the leading Angus purebred breeder in the U.S. for six consecutive years.
Bob Funk at the dedication of the Chisholm Trail.
Bob Funk Sponsors the Reserve Grand Champion at the Oklahoma Youth Expo.
Bob Funk enjoys his time with youth at livestock shows.
The Regional Food bank of Oklahoma is one of the many charities Bob Funk supports.
Bob Funk at Youth Expo with one of the more than 400 Express Ranches scholarship recipients.
Express Clydesdales Appearing in nearly 150 events annually throughout the U.S. and Canada, the Express Clydesdales serve as ambassadors for Express Employment Professionals. These rare black and white Clydesdales weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds each. The world-renowned Express Clydesdales have been competing and touring in North America since 1999 and continue to win numerous competitions including World Champion Six Horse Hitch at the Calgary Stampede in 2013 and 2015. They also won the Six Horse Hitch at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto in 2015, as well as Eight Horse Hitch World Championship in London, Ontario. The Express Clydesdales also were honored to chauffeur the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, during their visit to Calgary in 2011.
Welcoming visitors to Express Ranches definitely brings a smile to the face of Bob Funk.
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By Bill Moore
The members of the Chickasaw Nation were driven from their homes in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee almost 180 years ago. They made the long, arduous trek to their new home in Indian Territory as directed by the United States government led by President Andrew Jackson. The journey came to be known as the Trail of Tears. As they settled in the southeastern portion of the newly established Indian Territory, their lives would be hard in this new frontier. One of their descendants, John Bennett Herrington was born about 120 years later in 1958 in this region now known as the state of Oklahoma in a town called Wetumka. John would set out to establish and explore a new frontier—the frontier of space.
John's mother, Joyce, made sure that her son was identified as a member of the Chickasaw tribe and obtained his Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) when he was young. Her grandmother was full blood Chickasaw. Her father ran and maintained a natural gas booster station south of Wetumka and was the diesel mechanic. John's father, James, was an engineer and a pilot. John knew all about flying at a young age riding along with his father and taking the controls on occasion. James' father, Robert, owned a bulldozer / excavation business. He was responsible for building many of the farm ponds in Hughes and the surrounding counties. James' mother, Velma, was born in Wetumka and she owned and operated Wetumka Floral. Velma’s mother arrived in Oklahoma via one of the Land Runs. Of course, the Chickasaw side of John's family were already here. At about the age of eight, John and his buddies had all been impressed by the space program. They put together their cardboard boxes and drew dials and controls as they thought it must have looked in the real spacecraft the astronauts flew. John was already flying in space through his imagination. After graduation from Plano High School in 1976, John entered the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He wasn't really motivated to be in school at that time—having found a passion in rock-climbing. Being more engaged in climbing than in studying, his grades suffered and he was suspended from the university in the spring of 1977. So he left college and found employment as a rock-climber, working on a survey crew in the mountains of Colorado. His boss saw potential in the young man and convinced him to return to school to earn a college degree. So John returned to the University of Colorado and earned his bachelor's in Applied Mathematics in 1983.
Astronaut John B. Herrington, born in Wetumka, Oklahoma. (NASA photo)
John then joined the United States Navy and attended the Aviation Officer Candidate School, graduating in March 1984 and commissioned as an Ensign. John earned his Wings of Gold in March 1985 at NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Florida. He was then assigned to Patrol Squadron 48 at Moffett Field, California. He earned the designations of Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot. John was selected for U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 1990 and by 1995 he had completed a master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering at U. S.
Naval Postgraduate School. John had followed a carefully designed path to get to a point where he could apply to be an astronaut with NASA. He filled out the necessary papers and was called in for the interview process in January 1996. A panel of 16 NASA officials and astronauts sat around the table during his interview. When they came to the final question as to why they should hire John, he quickly gathered his thoughts. He knew that most candidates had similar education, training and pilot experience, so he said, "I like to build
LEFT: The Space Shuttle Endeavour is backdropped over the Tasman Sea and Golden Bay of New Zealand’s South Island as it approaches the International Space Station (ISS) during STS113 rendezvous and docking operations. Docking occurred at 3:59 p.m. (CST) on November 25, 2002. The Port One (P1) truss, which was later to be attached to the station and outfitted during three spacewalks, can be seen in Endeavour’s cargo bay. (NASA photo)
Astronauts Michael E. Lopez-Alegria (left) and John B. Herrington, STS-113 mission specialists, work on the newly installed Port One (P1) truss on the International Space Station (ISS) during the mission’s second scheduled session of extravehicular activity (EVA). The spacewalk lasted 6 hours, 10 minutes. (NASA photo)
Astronaut John B. Herrington, STS-113 mission specialist, traverses along a truss on the International Space Station (ISS) during the mission’s third spacewalk. (NASA photo) Astronaut John B. Herrington, STS-113 mission specialist, participates in the mission’s third and final scheduled spacewalk to perform work on the International Space Station (ISS).
stuff. I like to tinker. I built a deck for my home and recently restored a Volkswagen. I think the Space Station is the ultimate construction program. I want to turn a wrench in space." It must have been exactly what they wanted to hear. John was named to the 16th Class of Astronauts in April 1996. His journey into space was about to begin. When he reported to duty in August 1996, he spent the first year and a half in the classroom. He and the others had to learn the Space Shuttle systems inside and out. Initially, John was the astronaut representative for Global Position System and Inertial Navigation system integration in the Space Shuttle fleet as well as International Space Station. Then, for two and a half years, he worked at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as part of the Astronaut Support Personnel Team, supporting the launch and landing operations for the Space Shuttles. As a Naval Aviator assigned to NASA, John also was qualified to fly the NASA T-38 jets, which was one of his favorite things to do as an astronaut. When he received his assignment to STS-113, he began his training for the mission that would fly to the International Space Station (ISS.) John would perform three Extra Vehicular Activities (EVAs) on this flight and would need extensive training. That required numerous hours of time spent working underwater in the pool at NASA. Water is the closest environment on Earth to prepare the astronauts for working in space. In the NASA underwater pool facility, there is a complete replica of the ISS for their practice. The day STS-113 was to launch, Governor Bill Anoatubby and 200 members of the Chickasaw Nation came to celebrate John's mission. There were dancers, John's parents and singer Buffy Sainte-Marie. John requested that she perform at the event and it was a great celebration.
However, the launch was postponed that night and wouldn't happen for another two weeks. On November 23, 2002, the shuttle Endeavour was launched with seven people on board, including John Bennett Herrington. The mission of STS-113 was to deliver the Expedition Six crew to the ISS, bring home the Expedition Five crew and install the P-1 Truss on the ISS, which was being carried in the payload bay of the Endeavour. John and astronaut Michael LopezAlegria began their first of three EVAs on November 26. The ISS CanadaArm would be used to remove the P-1 Truss from the cargo bay and place it in its position on the ISS. Then John and Michael would attach it and secure it in place. The P-1 Truss was built by Boeing in their Tulsa, Oklahoma facility on the grounds of the Tulsa Airport. It provides heat exchange and heat transfer for the ISS as part of the station's Active Thermal Control. On his three EVAs, John accumulated 19 hours and 55 minutes of time working outside the spacecraft. He took some personal mementoes into space with him on this flight: An arrowhead from the Bartlesville area, an archaic dart point, three flutes, three eagle feathers and a Chickasaw Nation flag. Each item had significant meaning to the American Indian community. John loves to ponder whether the person who made the arrowhead and the one who made the archaic point could have had any idea where these items would travel. "The journey they took says a lot about the journey we all take," he adds. "You never know where your path will lead." On December 7, 2002, after 14 days in space totaling 330 hours and 47 minutes, STS-113 touched down in Florida. Following his flight, John supported operations to recover portions of the Space Shuttle Columbia, having experienced a catastrophic failure on re-entry. By
Astronaut John B. Herrington, STS-113 mission specialist, attired in a training version of the shuttle launch and entry suit, awaits the start of a mission training session in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near the Johnson Space Center (JSC). (NASA photo) December 2002 Astronaut John B. Herrington, STS-113 mission specialist, pictured on the middeck of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. (NASA photo)
Chickasaw Nation Cultural Resources Director Haskell Alexander (left) presents a gift to Joyce and James Herrington, parents of John Herrington, mission specialist on mission STS-113. Herrington is the first Native American to go into space. (NASA photo) Seminole Native American Veterans serve as color guard during a pre-launch Native American ceremony at the Rocket Garden in the KSC Visitor Complex.David Nunez, U.S. Navy, carries the State of Florida Flag; David Stephen Bowers, U.S. Army, carries the Flag of the United States of America; Charles Billie Hiers, U.S. Marine Corps., carries the Seminole Tribe of Florida Flag. The ceremony was part of several days' activities commemorating John B. Herrington as the first tribally enrolled Native American astronaut to fly on a Shuttle mission. Herrington is a Mission Specialist on STS-113. (NASA photo) BELOW: During an administrator's briefing at the IMAX 2 theatre, Lt. Gov. Jefferson Keel of the Chickasaw Nation (far left) presents a blanket with the seal of the Chickasaw Nation to NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe (second from right). Next to O'Keefe is Chickasaw Gov. Bill Anoatubby. Next to Gov. Keel is Mrs. Laura O'Keefe. STS-113 Mission Specialist John Herrington is a tribally enrolled Chickasaw and the world's first Native American astronaut. (NASA photo)
2004 John had been assigned as the Commander for a six-month mission aboard the ISS. Part of his training required him to live in Russia and train at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center on the outskirts of Moscow. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with osteoporosis which disqualified him for a long duration mission and John reluctantly retired from NASA and as a Commander from the U.S. Navy in July 2005. Still having a desire to go into space, John served tor two years as VicePresident for Flight Operations and as the Chief Test Pilot for Rocketplane, a private space venture enterprise located in Oklahoma City. He left the company in December 2007. John decided to head back to college and pursue his Ph.D in Education at the University of Idaho to help Native American students. His doctoral work focused on motivation and engagement of Native students in science. He received his doctorate in 2014 and has set out to discover new horizons along with his wife, Margo. John has said that he shares his experiences because it is a personal responsibility. He knows he is a role model for kids and readily accepts that role. He tells them that, "I did it, here's how you can, too." He wants them to aspire to do things they didn't think they could do. He knows that, "it has been a blessing." John has logged over 4,600 hours in over 30 different types of aircraft in his flying career. This first tribally enrolled Native American in space appropriately hails from the state of Oklahoma. From that dark time in the Chickasaw past known as the Trail of Tears to today's trail into space, the tribe has come a long way. John Herrington is a favorite son of Oklahoma and represents his tribe and his state well. His contributions in space exploration will always make his name prominent as he takes his place in history.
RIGHT: John and Margo Herrington attending the June 2015 Apollo Soyuz 40th Anniversary event at the Stafford Air Space Museum in Weatherford, Oklahoma where John served as Master of Ceremonies for the Commemoration of that first international space mission. (Photo courtesy Stafford Air Space Museum)
ART FUSION STUDIO Jane McKellips
Tracey and Rick Bewley are innovative fused art artists.
Nestled in an unassuming, red brick building near downtown Oklahoma City lies the Art Fusion Studio, workplace and gallery for fused art. Its owners are innovative artists Rick and Tracey Bewley. The studio showcases their art which fuses together different kinds of materials, pairing glass with metal, metal with unique wood and acrylic, and colored glass fused with more glass to make wondrous and unique pieces of art. In fact, visiting their studio is a staggering experience. So many amazing art works hang on the walls, dot the tables, and reside on the floor that the eyes have a difficult time deciding where to look next. The Bewleys’ idea to fuse together different art media came around the same time Rick and Tracey decided to fuse their lives together in marriage thirteen years ago. They met at Midwest Trophy (MT) in Del City where they continue to work their day jobs. Tracey is the head graphic designer at MT,
The Art Fusion Studio resides on the first floor of an unassuming red brick building.
and Rick works in their production department and oversees research and development. They began attending arts festivals together several years ago and were both drawn to glass art. However, instead of creating the blown glass often seen at festivals, with Tracey’s graphic arts background they realized they could create geometric patterns with fused glass and retain a little more control over the design. “Fused glass art has a more contemporary feel than the organic curved forms of blown glass,” says Tracey. After taking a three-day glass art class, they came home saying, “This is what we want to do.” After buying equipment, materials, and supplies, they began experimenting in fused glass art in the evenings and on weekends. They cut, assembled, and fired the pieces flat in a kiln. To make a curve in the glass, they placed it on a curved form, or mold, and fired it again. “Just as we were delving into glass fusion we actually got a commission in 2005 from Principle Financial Group through MT that happened to need a fused glass plate,” states Tracey. “At that time we hardly knew what fused glass was, and we took that on as our first project. I designed the plate, and the customer approved the design. We
learned that we could have the glass cut by a water jet company and then assemble the pieces before firing them in a kiln.” That first project, a 150-piece order, was an award to be handed out in a presentation ceremony. The kiln they had then only cooked two pieces at a time. They soon realized that there was no way all 150 pieces could be cooked in time for the ceremony. So they bought a second, much larger kiln. “Even though the second kiln was twice as large as the first one, we still worked up to the last minute, and when we delivered the last piece, it was still warm,” says Tracey. Throughout the process they had pieces break and they didn’t understand why. “We had all kinds of issues that we had to work through and fix,” says Rick. “We learned quickly. There’s no better way to learn how to do something than doing it under pressure.” The Bewleys have made the award plates for Principle Financial Group every year since. The plate is an achievement award the financial company yearly gives out. Rick not only enjoys the construction of an art piece, he enjoys figuring out how to make it. “I’ve made things my whole life. It’s what I like to do. When I was small, I built a coffee table in my dad’s garage. I enjoy problem solving.”
The Bewleys have created a number of pieces labeled Strange Shadow Series. The dimensions of this Strange Shadow piece are 12”width (w) x 12”height (h) x 14”depth (d).
Before moving into their current building at 1218 N. Western in Oklahoma City, they had a small shop in a building also used by Rick’s brother for his plastic fabrication business and by his parents for their real estate office. Rick and Tracey had no plans to get rid of their shop. They were having fun making their fused art pieces and hadn’t really thought about what they would do with the art once they made it. Then Rick’s brother left an article on their workbench about the Oklahoma City Community College Arts Festival. “We decided to have a booth at the festival,” says Rick. “We had never sold any of our own creative art before and weren’t sure how our fused art would be received. We made 40 to 50 pieces of art to take to the festival. It opened at 3:30 on a Friday afternoon, and we sold our first two pieces at 3:32. Our booth was really successful, and we probably sold half of all the pieces we took that weekend.” Tracey believes the festival booth did more than just sell art pieces. “It gave us lots of motivation to continue. We realized that we had found something the local people like and will buy.” Soon Rick and Tracey began going to four art festivals a year. They’ve had booths at the Paseo Arts Festival and the downtown Oklahoma City Arts Festival. They even had a booth one year at the arts festival in Austin, Texas. Nowadays they work mainly on commission pieces. Wilson Elementary School near Northwest 21st and Walker in Oklahoma City is home to a set of three Bewley aluminum and glass abstract sculptures. They created the sculptures in collaboration with artists Dan Garrett and Jason Blankenship and were installed in
Plates, ranging in size, are some of the pieces created by the Bewleys.
The first commissioned piece of fused glass the Bewleys created was a plate for Principle Financial Group.
“Live, Learn, and Grow,” a set of three Bewley sculptures, reside in front of Wilson Elementary School in Oklahoma City.
Rick and Tracey cut and assemble the pieces of glass on their work table.
Tracey cuts and glues glass pieces onto shelf paper.
The assembled art work is ready to be fired.
2013. The Wilson PTA and Sonic raised money for the sculptures. Students named them “Live, Learn, and Grow.” The sculptures range from six feet tall to eight feet tall. The work is infused with hieroglyphic symbols representing the fields of music, math, and language. Vibrantly colored dichroic glass is inlaid in the cutout hieroglyphics and is highly reflective and iridescent and sparkles on a sunny day. Other public art works in Oklahoma created by the Bewleys are located at the Samis Educational Center, the Toby Keith OK Kids Korral, the two St. Anthony’s Health Plexes, and on the corner of Main and Porter in Norman. Rick and Tracey always work together on big projects. “I draw a design for the piece,” says Tracey, “then Rick decides if the project is feasible or not. We bounce ideas back and forth quite a bit at first: coming up with tools, how it’s going to be constructed, and how long it’s going to take to install.” If they decide the project is feasible, they bid on it. Rick says, “We tend to have a strong advantage whenever it comes to presentation because of Tracey’s outstanding art skills.” When they have an idea for a smaller fused-glass project, Tracey draws a design. Then sheets of colored glass are chosen from the supply in their workroom. Pieces are cut out of the sheets to match the size and shape on the drawing. After the glass pieces are assembled and glued onto specially-made shelf paper, it is placed into one of their kilns. The kiln heats up slowly until it reaches 1450 degrees Fahrenheit and stays
at that temperature for only ten minutes. Then it slowly cools down. The total amount of time spent in the kiln is about fourteen hours. This allows the glass pieces to completely melt together at the highest temperature and solidify again when they cool. To create one of their fused glass specialties, a tree with curved branches, the Bewleys first place pieces of glass in the shape of a tree with branches on shelf paper and cook it flat in a kiln. Then it is again placed in the kiln on lumps of kiln material and slumped, or fired on the lumps, to shape slight curves in the tree. In 2006 the Bewleys moved their business into their current address on North Western Avenue. They knew they wouldn’t need all 8,000 square feet for their work space, so they remodeled the 3000-squarefoot second floor to be their living quarters and rented out extra space on the first floor to other art shops. Today, they continue to rent a back portion of the first floor to Blue Sage Studios, a glass blowing establishment owned by Andy Boatman. Visitors can not only buy hand-blown glass pieces there, but Andy also teaches classes in glassblowing basics. Over the years, many different kinds of events have taken place at the red brick building. “We’ve rented the building out for weddings and birthdays,” says Rick. “We even had a full-length, four-million-dollar movie shoot some of its scenes here. Those scenes included the murder scene and a chase scene out of our parking lot. They had to wait until two or three in the morning to shoot the chase scene to avoid street traffic.”
A sampling of the trees created by the Bewleys—stand alone, on granite, and a wall hanging. The wall hanging measures 30” x 30” while the others measure 18” and 16” in height respectively.
Rick also talks about music concerts held in their back yard. “My son, Mike, plays bass guitar in a band called the Elms, and they’ve had concerts out there with around 300 people in attendance.” The Bewleys don’t teach classes in glass fusion art, but they have “glass parties” in their studio. Up to ten people can come to a scheduled party and are shown the basics. They leave having completed projects, such as current seasonal decorations. Visit their website at www.artfusionstudio.com.
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Bill Anoatubby BY MILLIE J. CRADDICK
Bill Anoatubby was born in Denison, Texas, November 8, 1945, the youngest of six children. Following his father’s sudden death, Anoatubby, then 3, his mother, Opal, and his brothers and sisters moved to Tishomingo to be near family. Anoatubby saw at a young age the hard work and devotion to family his mother displayed as she took in work such as ironing and housekeeping in addition to seeing the children off to school every morning and home when they returned.
Gov. Anoatubby speaks at the dedication of the Sulphur Splash Pad in Sulphur, Oklahoma, in May, 2015.
Anoatubby learned very early how to manage his money and appreciate the little things in life. His mother always made sure the necessities were provided, but extras were not something they could afford. In fifth grade, Anoatubby took his first job, delivering papers for the Ada Evening News. To acquire a bicycle, necessary equipment on a paper route, he and his mother set up an installment plan with the owner of a local store to purchase a bike. Anoatubby worked many jobs throughout his youth in addition to the paper routes. He worked concessions at the theater, hauled hay, and followed his two older brothers’ tradition of working at the Rush Brother’s Grocery Store. Further interests and activities included sports and student government throughout his high school years. During his junior year in high school, he enlisted in the National Guard. Though he knew college was not financially possible, he desperately wanted to attend and worked to find ways to pay his
A young Bill Anoatubby, front left.
tuition. One day in high school, a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) field representative visited the school to inform Native American students about scholarships available. Thinking this would be his solution, Anoatubby applied for a BIA scholarship and began visiting local colleges and universities. As a result of his enlistment in the National Guard, Anoatubby was transferred to active duty immediately upon graduating high school in May 1964. While stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, his mother received a letter stating he had not received the BIA scholarship. Though unfortunate, hearing this news did not deter Anoatubby’s desire to attend and graduate college. He began sending half of his military paychecks to his mother to save for tuition. Once his active duty was complete, Anoatubby enrolled at Murray State College (MSC) in Tishomingo, earning his associate degree in 1970. Now married to his wife, Janice, Anoatubby enrolled at East Central University (ECU) in Ada in 1970. While at ECU, he worked at the Safeway Grocery Store where he learned about business and people. In 1972, he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting. Following graduation until 1974, Anoatubby worked for the American Plating Company, managing the office operations of the firm. The next year, he went to work for the Little Giant Corporation as the chief accountant, performing accounting, systems and budgetary control, cost monitoring,
Bill Anoatubby with his mother, Opal.
financial analysis and electronic data processing for the company. Throughout the transitions in his life, Anoatubby felt pulled to the Chickasaw Nation. The tribe was just beginning to do a few things that were visible. In the winter of 1975, the Chickasaw Nation posted a position in the Tishomingo Capital Democrat for a health services director. Governor Overton James called Anoatubby to offer him the position, and so began his career with the tribe. His office was in Sulphur at the Chickasaw Motor Inn. He dove right in by implementing rules and regulations for his new department. Upon realizing his capabilities, Governor James asked Anoatubby to develop these same policies for the entire tribal organization. Approximately one year later, he was promoted to accounting director, where he was responsible for centralizing all finances of the tribe. Anoatubby implemented policies and procedures that are still evident across the Chickasaw Nation. Governor James showed confidence in Anoatubby, founded by his great work thus far, by appointing him as special assistant to the Governor. In 1979, Governor James invited Anoatubby to join him on the ballot as the lieutenant governor candidate. When they won the tribal election, Anoatubby was the first elected lieutenant governor of the Chickasaw Nation. In this position, he acted much like the chief operation officer of the tribe. In the summer of 1986, Governor James
Gov. Anoatubby during his time in the National Guard.
informed Anoatubby that he would not seek re-election as Governor of the Chickasaw Nation. After much deliberation with his family, Anoatubby decided to place his name on the ballot. He was elected the 30th governor of the Chickasaw Nation in 1987. He has since been re-elected to serve each term, and marked the beginning of an unprecedented eighth consecutive term at the historic inauguration ceremony on October 1, 2015, in the Ataloa Theatre, on the ECU campus. When Anoatubby first took office, the Chickasaw Nation had approximately 250 employees. They now have an annual economic impact of more than $2.4 billion in Oklahoma. The tribe operates more than 100 businesses and has nearly 14,000 employees. Under Anoatubby’s financial leadership, the Chickasaw Nation became one of the first tribal governments in the United States to be certified as an A-102 tribe, with superior ratings for management and fiscal controls. The Chickasaw Nation operates nearly 300 programs to benefit Chickasaw citizens, many of which are funded by tribal business revenue. These include, but are not limited to, education, health care, nutrition, housing and family services. Through many great examples of leadership and innovation, he has been one of the leaders in the transformation of Native American governments and economies nationwide. He and his executive team have helped bring about self-sustaining economic development for the Chickasaw
ABOVE: Gov. Anoatubby being sworn in to office, the 30th governor of the Chickasaw Nation. BELOW: Gov. Anoatubby takes the Oath of Office at the Ataloa Theatre at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, to begin his eighth term as governor of the Chickasaw Nation.
BELOW: Gov. Anoatubby and his family. Back (from left to right): Gov. Bill Anoatubby, wife, Janice, granddaughter Eryn, daughter-in-law Becky, sons Chris and Brian, grandson Brendan. Front: Granddaughters Sydney, Preslea and Chloe, and daughter-in-law Melinda.
Nation in a way that advances the lives of its citizens as never before. The Chickasaw Nation sets the standard in innovation for tribes across the Unites States. Anoatubby has long operated under the philosophy that “a rising tide lifts all boats. We are committed to being a good neighbor,” Anoatubby said. “What is good for the Chickasaw Nation is good for Oklahoma, and what is good for Oklahoma is good for the Chickasaw Nation.” To meet the needs of all Chickasaws, Anoatubby developed a deliberate plan to fully exercise the tribe’s right of selfdetermination. Revenue generated by tribal businesses provides more than half the funding for tribal programs and services which were once funded almost exclusively by federal dollars. Under Anoatubby, the Chickasaw Nation garners attention as a dynamic and enterprising tribe in a wide variety of commercial endeavors—these businesses include banks, manufacturing, a fine chocolate factory, health care clinics, pharmacies, casinos, horse racing tracks, hotels, convenience stores, radio stations, information technology, administrative support services, and a world-renowned cultural center. Preserving and sharing Chickasaw history and culture is a top priority for the Chickasaw Nation under Governor Anoatubby’s leadership. With the largest cultural center in the country and numerous programs and services devoted to cultural education, language, historic preservation, and the arts, he has fostered an environment conducive to carrying on Chickasaw traditions and culture for generations to come. When Governor Anoatubby assumed office in 1987, one of many visions for the tribe was to provide quality, accessible health care for Chickasaw citizens. At the time, health care was limited by inadequate federal funding and tribal business revenues were minimal. Since that time, with careful planning, creativity, and successful economic development, Governor Anoatubby’s vision has come to fruition. When asked of what advances for the Chickasaw Nation he is most proud, Anoatubby is quick to mention the considerable progress in health care. Today, the Chickasaw Nation serves thousands of Native Americans from across the country with quality health care programs and services. The Chickasaw Nation Department of Health (CNDH) is a multi-
campus health system which consists of five locations including the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, a 370,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art health care facility. Education is also an area of great importance to the tribe under Governor Anoatubby. Education is vital for the future success of the tribe as well as the betterment of Chickasaw citizens and the communities in which they live. Under Anoatubby’s leadership, the Chickasaw Nation is continually improving upon and enhancing its various educational programs and services to reflect his commitment to the future excellence of Chickasaw citizens around the globe. When Anoatubby was first elected, funding for higher education was about $200,000, primarily from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and provided scholarships to 157 students. Today, approximately 5,000 students share in more than $18 million in annual funding for scholarships, grants, and other forms of support for their education needs. Filmmaking, one of the newer initiatives under Governor Anoatubby, includes completion of the tribe’s first full-length feature film, “Pearl,” which tells the story of Chickasaw aviatrix Pearl Carter Scott, an Oklahoma-raised Chickasaw woman who, by age 14, performed as a barnstormer and commercial pilot in the 1920s. The film was shot in various locations in Oklahoma. To date, the film’s list of awards includes the prestigious Best of Show Award from The Indie Fest and various docudrama awards at the International Cherokee Film festival. The second feature film on the life of famed Chickasaw storyteller Te Ata is in post-production. Chickasaw elders, widely considered “living treasures” of the tribe, provide a valuable link to the Chickasaw Nation’s past and set a shining example for younger generations of Chickasaw leaders. Governor Anoatubby and his staff work diligently to honor the tribe’s elders and emphasize their importance. Numerous quality programs and services are available to enhance the everyday life of Chickasaw elders around the country, including 12 senior centers in the state. A crucial point of Anoatubby’s plan to meet the needs of the Chickasaw people was to provide the citizens access to quality, affordable housing. Housing programs and services now available to Chickasaw citizens include homeownership
Gov. Anoatubby (left) at Intertribal Council with Chief Bill John Baker (Cherokee), Chief Leonard Harjo (Seminole), Chief Gary Batton (Choctaw) and Chief George Tiger (Muscogee/Creek).
Gov. Anoatubby, along with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, sign a compact to issue license plates for vehicles registered to Chickasaw citizens in Oklahoma. BELOW: Gov. Anoatubby dedicates the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center in a special ribbon cutting ceremony in Ada, Oklahoma, in July, 2010.
programs, counseling and loan services, down payment and closing cost assistance, a home improvement grant, rehabilitation programs, rental programs and a storm shelter program. Housing expenditures now total more than $20 million annually, with almost half of that total coming from business proceeds. Governor Anoatubby focuses tremendous effort on fulfilling the potential of young Chickasaws, one of the tribe’s most valuable resources. He has devoted numerous programs and services to offer Chickasaw youth opportunities to develop healthy and balanced lives. His goal is to empower young Chickasaws and create a legacy of educated, well-rounded Chickasaw citizens. Governor Anoatubby says, “More Chickasaws than ever are successfully pursuing higher education and meaningful employment opportunities.” Moreover, cultural preservation and revitalization are important to the future of the Chickasaw Nation. Development of a Chickasaw app for the iPhone and other devices are among the accomplishments related to revitalization of the Chickasaw language. The Chickasaw Press was established in 2006 to encourage scholarly research and writing about Chickasaw people, history, and culture. White Dog Press, which was recently added as a secondary imprint, enlarges the scope of the initiative to include historical fiction, children’s books, poetry, and more. As the first Native American press of its kind, Chickasaw Press has published more than three dozen titles ranging from Chickasaw language dictionaries to cookbooks and poetry to biographies on such notable Chickasaw figures as Edmund Pickens and Douglas H. Johnston.
Gov. Anoatubby enjoys OU Kids Day at the University of Oklahoma in Norman with two young Chickasaws.
Last year, the Chickasaw Nation signed a compact with the state of Oklahoma to issue license plates for vehicles registered to Chickasaw citizens in Oklahoma. More than 10,000 license plates have been issued since February. The Chickasaw Nation’s recent purchase of First Med Urgent Care marked a significant milestone in the development of Sovereign Medical Solutions, which now owns and operates eight health care clinics. In 2002, the Chickasaw Nation purchased Bank2 in Oklahoma City. Bank2 has grown from $7.5 million in assets to more than $100 million. The bank is a fullservice bank offering checking, operation, savings, and money market accounts, as well as consumer, commercial and real estate loans. Bank2 now has two locations in the Oklahoma City metro area.
While the quiet, humble, and unassuming Chickasaw works hard to deflect attention from his accomplishments, the importance of the Chickasaw Nation under Governor Anoatubby to Oklahoma’s economy cannot be downplayed. Governor Anoatubby has been a member of the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes since 1978. The council is one of the most prestigious and influential Indian organizations in the United States, representing more than 300,000 Indian people. Governor Anoatubby has served numerous terms on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Hall in 2004. Anoatubby and his wife, Janice, have two sons, Chris and Brian, and five grandchildren, Brendan, Eryn, Chloe, Sydney, and Preslea.
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Gov. Anoatubby conducts the opening ceremony for the 2015 Annual Meeting and Festival Junior Olympics.
Gov. Anoatubby visits with elders at a Panola District community dinner in Colbert, Oklahoma.
Gov. Anoatubby with two Chickasaw seniors at the Annual Meeting and Festival Senior Olympics.
Eight Receive Our State’s Highest Honor with Induction into The
Oklahoma Hall of Fame
From left, Jim Halsey, William J. Ross, Sharen Jester Turney, Steadman Upham, Kevin Durant, Bill Hancock, and Mike Larsen were inducted as members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
O V. Burns Hargis, Oklahoma Hall of Fame Class of 2009, and Michael C. Turpen, Class of 2010, served as masters of ceremonies for the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
BY GINI MOORE CAMPBELL
n the evening of Thursday, November 19 guests from throughout Oklahoma, as well as the Nation, gathered at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center to celebrate the induction of the Class of 2015 into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. The evening began with the pre-show and Oklahoma Hall of Fame Chairman Joe Moran III and President and CEO Shannon L. Rich welcoming the crowd to the 88th annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony. The Reverend Kristina Maulden of Tulsa’s Trinity Episcopal provided the invocation. More than 50 former Inductees were in attendance and recognized. In addition, the crowd honored those who had passed since the 2014 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony.
Moran and Rich presented the sixth annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to T. Coleman Bourke, a senior at Jenks High School. Bourke was one of 136 applicants representing 93 Oklahoma schools. They also thanked Nancy Payne Ellis for chairing the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Scholarship Committee and Keith Bailey, Bob Burke, Gloria Twine Chisum, and Jane Jayroe Gamble for serving on the committee. To start the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Oklahoma Hall of Famers V. Burns Hargis and Michael C. Turpen took the stage for their 13th year sharing the stage of masters of ceremonies. Their first order of business was introducing Alaska Holloway and Madi Metcalf to perform “The National Anthem.” From Tulsa, Alaska and Madi made their debut on national television during season 6 of The Voice and released their first album earlier this year. The inductions began with William G. Paul presenting William J. Ross, followed by Steadman Upham presented by Keith Bailey, and Mike Larsen presented by Ken Fergeson. Francis T. Tuttle was inducted posthumously, with grandson Chad Tuttle accepting the honor on behalf of the Tuttle family. Next, Leslie H. Wexner presented Sharen Jester Turney, Ronnie Dunn presented Jim Halsey, Joe Castiglione presented Bill Hancock, and Russell Westbrook presented Kevin Durant. Hargis and Turpen closed the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and welcomed back to the stage Alaska and Madi to lead the crowd in our state song, the best state song, “Oklahoma!” The crowd then proceeded to the adjacent ballrooms for receptions to congratulate the 2015 Honorees and their Presenters. The 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was aired on OETA, The Oklahoma Network, to Oklahoma and surrounding states on Saturday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Madi Metcalf, left, and Alaska Holloway performed “The National Anthem” and led the crowd in “Oklahoma!” during the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s Teen Board served as escorts for the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony. Joe Moran III, left, and Shannon L. Rich presented T. Coleman Bourke with the $5,000 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Scholarship. Bourke, a senior at Jenks High School, will be continuing his education in the State of Oklahoma.
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Professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook presented teammate Kevin Durant for induction.
leader on and off the court, Kevin Durant has established himself as a pillar of the Oklahoma community throughout his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant’s on-court resume speaks for itself and includes six All-Star appearances, four scoring titles, one MVP Award, and a trip to the 2012 NBA Finals. Durant also has illustrated an impressive civic responsibility during his time in Oklahoma. After tornadoes tore through much of Oklahoma in May, 2013, he donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to aide those impacted by the storms before touring the devastation. His community mindedness is also prevalent throughout the year as he attends multiple Thunder community initiatives, including the team’s Thunder Fit program, Book Bus, and Holiday assist events. Prior to being selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, the Suitland, Maryland native spent one season at the University of Texas where he was named the Associated Press National Player of the Year. He also became the first freshman in NCAA history to earn the Wooden and Naismith awards.
After winning the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award in 2008, Durant has helped transform the Thunder into one of the NBA’s most winningest franchises. With Durant helping to lead the way, the Thunder has amassed the second best record in the NBA over the last six seasons (.664 winning percentage). Through the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, he is enriching the lives of atrisk youth from low-income backgrounds through educational, athletic, and social programs. Trips abroad also have inspired Durant to connect internationally with the next generation leading the game. Through his foundation and in partnership with NIKE, Inc., the “BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BALL” Courts Renovation Initiative will increase the number of high quality basketball courts accessible to underprivileged youth across the United States and internationally. On October 5, 2015, Durant, alongside students and faculty, celebrated the first court renovation in the United States at Oklahoma City’s North Highland Elementary.
Jim Halsey, tulsa F or more than 60 years, artist manager, agent, and impresario Jim Halsey has been guiding the careers of music legends, including Roy Clark, Hank Thompson, Wanda Jackson, Minnie Pearl, Reba McEntire, Jody Miller, Jana Jae, Brenda Lee, The Judds, Clint Black, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Lee Greenwood, Mr. James Brown, Roy Orbison, Leon Russell, Freddy Fender, Jimmy Dean, Conway Twitty, Don Williams, Mel Tillis, Woody Herman, and, for over 40 years, The Oak Ridge Boys. These stars broadened the international scope of Country Music with their appearances on major television and in movies. His artists not only headlined Las Vegas showrooms, his country artists were the first of the genre to play the strip. Halsey also was the first to book the entire strip at once with his artists. He was the first to present country music at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Carnegie Hall. His artists have played Royal Albert Hall, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and Wembley. In 1976, he orchestrated a ground breaking cultural
and diplomatic tour of the Soviet Union with Roy Clark and The Oak Ridge Boys. An author and educator, Halsey created a music and entertainment degree program at Oklahoma City University for which he received the Governor’s Excellence in Education Award. He is now focused on the introduction of a cutting edge online educational program. Other awards bestowed on Halsey include the Wembley Award from The International Festivals of Country Music, numerous awards from the Academy of Country Music, the National Music Council’s American Eagle Award, the American Legion’s Patriot Award, and induction into the International Entertainment Buyer’s Association Hall of Fame. Jim Halsey resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife Minisa Crumbo Halsey. He is father of the late Sherman Halsey, Gina Halsey, Woody Carter, and Crissy Rumford. Award-winning songwriter, recording artist, and country music star, Ronnie Dunn presented Jim Halsey for induction.
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Hobart, Oklahoma, native, Bill Hancock has achieved a unique trifecta at the highest echelon of intercollegiate athletics. He was the first full-time director of the NCAA Final Four, the first director of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), and the first executive director of the College Football Playoff. After graduating in three and a half years from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism, Hancock served as assistant sports information director for the Sooners before returning home to operate the family newspaper with his brother. He then became assistant commissioner for the Big Eight Conference
Athletic director at the University of Oklahoma, Joe Castiglione presented Bill Hancock for induction.
office before joining the NCAA in 1989. Hancock has served on the U.S. Olympic Committee staff at 11 Olympic Games and two Pan American games. Hancock is also an accomplished and published author, with two books to his credit. His memoir about his 36-day bicycle journey from Huntington Beach, California, to Tybee Island, Georgia, Riding With the Blue Moth, is his story of overcoming grief and self-reflection. Riding With the Blue Moth was among the top sports books following its release in October, 2005 and was re-issued in 2015. His second book, This One Day in Hobart, is a history of his home town. Hancock is married to his high school sweetheart, the former Nicki Perry. They have two sons, Nate Hancock and the late Will Hancock. Will died in the Oklahoma State University basketball team’s airplane crash in 2001. Bill and Nicki have three grandchildren.
Mike Larsen, perkins B orn of Chickasaw heritage, awardwinning artist Mike Larsen grew up in farming communities in Oklahoma and Texas. He is a student of history, immersing himself in the past events of the subjects he paints and sculpts. Larsen knew early on what he wanted to do with his life and for more than 40 years has been recognized as one of the most admired and respected professional fine artists. Larsen studied traditional art disciplines, beginning his training at Amarillo Junior College, continuing at the University of Houston, and concluding at the prestigious Arts Student League in New York City. His career began at street fairs and rapidly progressed to nationally known festivals. For more than 20 years now, he has been represented by galleries throughout the United States. In addition to teaching art and opening a studio, he co-founded the 23rd Street handcrafts co-op in Oklahoma City. Most of his time today consists of creating paintings and sculpture commissioned by governments, corporations, and individuals. His love for painting and sculpting
dancing figures began when he was commissioned by the State of Oklahoma to paint a 26-foot long mural for the State Capitol Rotunda of Oklahoma’s five Indian prima ballerinas. “Flight of Spirit” was dedicated on November 17, 1991. He has been honored to paint several series of murals for institutions throughout the state of Oklahoma, portraying the history of the state he calls home. Added to his recognition was being chosen by the United States Postal Service to create the Oklahoma Centennial Stamp. Larsen is married to the former Martha Schroeder and lives in Perkins, Oklahoma. Their union resulted in the blending of their children—Larsen’s daughter Katy and Martha’s sons Randall and Jeff.
Chairman of NBC Oklahoma and member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Ken Fergeson presented Mike Larsen for induction.
William J. Ross, oklahoma city W illiam J. “Bill” Ross, a native of Oklahoma City and the son and grandson of ’89ers, attended Rosary School, Classen High School, and the University of Oklahoma, where he earned his bachelor’s and law degrees. He was an Oklahoma City Assistant Municipal Counselor until joining the law firm Rainey, Flynn, Green and Anderson in 1960. He became senior partner in 1975 and the firm was renamed Rainey, Ross, Rice & Binns. Since 1982 he has served as chairman of Inasmuch Foundation and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord. Ross served as attorney for Ms. Gaylord, as well as her father, E.K. Gaylord, and her brother, Edward L. Gaylord. His honors include an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University,
Of Counsel to the Crowe & Dunlevy Law firm and a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, William G. Paul presented William J. Ross for induction.
Oklahoma City Public Schools Wall of Fame, University of Oklahoma College of Law Order of the Owl, and Beaux Arts King. He served as co-chairman of the Board of Visitors of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and headed the building campaign raising $15 million. Ross was a director of United Energy Resources, PetroUnited Terminals, Hadson Petroleum, Clinton and Oklahoma Western Railroad, and First Interstate Bank of Oklahoma. He chaired the Bicentennial Committee for the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, ensuring the state’s replica of the Liberty Bell reached students in each of Oklahoma’s 77 counties. He is a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. He is married to the former Mary Lillian “Lil” Ryan. With Lil he is the father of three adult children and four grandchildren.
Sharen Jester Turney, ardmore S haren Jester Turney was born and raised in Ardmore, Oklahoma, where she learned the value of hard work and love for community. Those values have served as the foundation of her business success and philanthropic commitment. Turney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Education with a minor in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is an inductee in the university’s Business of Education Hall of Fame. Following graduation she joined the renowned Foley’s Department Store management program. She continued her retail career at Byer California, Federated Department Stores, and Neiman Marcus before joining join L Brands and Victoria’s Secret in 2000. She was named president and CEO of Victoria’s Secret Direct and soon led the catalogue and e-commerce platform to a memorable milestone—surpassing the billion dollar mark. In 2006 she became president and CEO of the entire Victoria’s Secret brand, including Victoria’s Secret Stores, Victoria’s Secret Direct, Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, Victoria’s Secret PINK, and Victoria’s Secret Beauty. Her keen merchant eye, analytical skills, and marketing sophistication have been instrumental in growing the brand. During her tenure profit has more than doubled and she has
led the company to a record $7 billion dollars in sales. With hearts for giving, through the Turney Family Foundation, she, her husband Charles, and son Matthew have provided more than $2 million in support for organizations with a focus on cancer research and children’s causes. Advocates of higher education, the Turney family has provided scholarship funds to the University of Oklahoma, Eastern Oklahoma State College, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Turney is the recipient of the Hug Award, an honor given to individuals in the fashion industry "with a heart” and received the Dr. Catherine White Achievement Award from HeartShare Human Services. Turney currently serves as chairman of the board for the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and serves on the Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative Advisory Board at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Founder, chairman, and CEO of L Brands, Inc., Leslie H. Wexner presenter Sharen Jester Turney for induction.
Steadman Upham, tulsa S teadman Upham served as the 17th president of The University of Tulsa from 2004 to early 2012. Just a few months later, in October, he returned as the 19th president. Highlights of his administration include the addition of nearly 40 academic programs, including doctoral programs in chemistry, physics, and anthropology; the creation of interdisciplinary research institutes in fields including nanotechnology and bioinformatics; the completion of a $700 million fundraising campaign; the addition of approximately 700,000 square feet of campus facilities; the launch of the College of Health Sciences through a partnership with the University of Oklahoma; an agreement with the City
Retired chairman, president, and CEO of Williams Companies and a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Keith Bailey presented Steadman Upham for Induction.
of Tulsa whereby the University of Tulsa manages Gilcrease Museum; construction of the Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum; and the opening of the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education in downtown Tulsa. Upham is known for the culture of community service engagement that he has created and fostered. The University of Tulsa’s True Blue Neighbors initiative in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood includes youth mentoring, tutoring, food and clothing drives, home maintenance assistance, and close partnerships with neighborhood schools. The university and the neighborhood have become one. Upham, who completed a doctorate in anthropology at Arizona State University, is a widely respected and published archaeologist and previously served as president and chief executive officer of Claremont Graduate University. He and his wife, Peggy, were married in 1971 and have two children and one grandchild.
Francis T. Tuttle, 1920-1997,wellston B orn in 1920 on a small farm in Wellston, Oklahoma, Francis Theodore Tuttle became the architect of Oklahoma’s Career & Technology Education System. In the early 1960s he determined that Oklahoma was not meeting the needs of all children as many were falling by the wayside. His concerns led him to develop a bold vision for a system that would provide services to high school and adult students, as well as businesses, which would directly secure the state’s economic future. Governors and key stakeholders embraced his philosophy. With his supporters, Tuttle evaluated what was and was not working in vocational systems across the country. He was determined that Oklahoma was going to do it better than any other state. Tuttle’s passion to make a difference in the lives of young people led him and his supporters to persuade citizens of Oklahoma to pass State Question 434 in 1966 to amend the Oklahoma Constitution to provide for the creation of a Career Tech system. Citizens in local school districts voted to increase their ad
valorem taxes to form area vocationaltechnology school districts, known today as technology centers. Tuttle, who served as director of the State Department of Vocational and Technical Education in Oklahoma from 1967 until his retirement in 1986, distinguished himself internationally as an innovator and pacesetter in vocational education. He realized that a positive relationship between industry and education was vital for the success of both, as well as providing for a strong and diverse economic infrastructure. His progressive ideas about vocational education helped Oklahoma become a model for other states to follow.
Co-founder and current CEO of B + T Group, Chad Tuttle accepted on behalf of his grandfather, the late Francis Tuttle, and the Tuttle family.
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PROGRAM COMMITTEE Steve Turnbo, Chairman, Tulsa Roxana Lorton, Co-Chairman, Tulsa Phil B. Albert, Claremore Bill Anoatubby, Ada Alison Anthony, Sand Springs Bill Burgess, Lawton Ann Caine, Oklahoma City Millie Craddick, Oklahoma City Chad Dillingham, Enid Rebecca Dixon, Tulsa Jane Jayroe Gamble, Oklahoma City Duke R. Ligon, Oklahoma City Joe Moran III, Tulsa Mark A. Stansberry, Edmond Kathy Taylor, Tulsa
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame is partnering with supporters to provide a link between the outstanding individuals inducted tonight and the legacies of those who were inducted before them through Link to a Legacy. Link to a Legacy recognizes past inductees of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame who have contributed to our state’s rich heritage. Link to a Legacy sponsors continue the preservation of our state’s heritage and the remarkable stories of each of our members by supporting the programs of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. Listed below are Link to a Legacy honorees including their years of induction and hometowns. We would like to thank each Link to a Legacy sponsor for joining us to recognize these inspiring Oklahomans once again. Ann Simmons Alspaugh 1997 | Oklahoma City Nancy Payne Ellis
2004 | Ada The Chickasaw Nation Express Employment Professionals Tom and Judy Love
Henry B. Bass
Jane Jayroe Gamble 2007 | Laverne
Frank Keating 2005 | Tulsa
Milton C. Garber 1940 | Enid
Edward F. Keller
Tom and Judy Love
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Groendyke
2010 | Tulsa Mike & Pat Case
E.K. Gaylord 1930 | Oklahoma City
Robert S. Kerr, Jr.
1967 | Enid Mr. and Mrs. John D. Groendyke
The Clay Bennett Family The Oklahoman Media Company
Edith Kinney Gaylord
1976 | Billings Mr. and Mrs. John D. Groendyke
Clayton I. Bennett
2007 | Oklahoma City Tom and Judy Love
Lyle H. Boren
1986 | Seminole Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC & Duke and Linda Ligon
Mike D. Case
2013 | Tulsa Ed and Marilyn Keller
Nancy J. Davies
1986 | Enid Mr. and Mrs. John D. Groendyke
Alice Brown Davis
1930 | Wewoka Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC & Duke and Linda Ligon
Nancy Payne Ellis 2005 | Oklahoma City Tom and Judy Love
Ralph Waldo Ellison 2002 | Oklahoma City Bob and Chimene Burke Christine Gaylord Everest
2004 | Oklahoma City The Oklahoman Media Company Tom and Judy Love
Dennis T. Flynn
1928 | Oklahoma City Inasmuch Foundation & Mr. and Mrs. William J. Ross
2002 | Oklahoma City Christy and Jim Everest DeAnn and Lee Allan Smith
Tom and Judy Love Saxum
2012 | Oklahoma City The Oklahoman Media Company
Edward L. Gaylord
1974 | Oklahoma City The Clay Bennett Family The Oklahoman Media Company
Sylvan N. Goldman 1971 | Oklahoma City The Clay Bennett Family
Alan C. “Ace” Greenberg 1995 | Oklahoma City The Clay Bennett Family
2006 | Okemah Bob and Chimene Burke
Jane B. Harlow
1993 | Oklahoma City Nancy Payne Ellis Inasmuch Foundation & Mr. and Mrs. William J. Ross
2011 | Sand Springs Oklahoma City Thunder
2003 | Norman Oklahoma City Thunder
Ben G. Henneke
1963 | Tulsa The University of Tulsa
Henry P. Iba
1965 | Stillwater Oklahoma City Thunder
2011 | Tulsa Tom and Judy Love
2003 | Oklahoma City The Kerr Foundation, Inc.
Robert J. LaFortune
Lee Allan Smith
2001 | Oklahoma City Devon Energy
2009 | Oklahoma City Devon Energy
2008 | Oklahoma City Express Employment Professionals
1975 | Tulsa Joe and Darcey Moran
1989 | Oklahoma City Express Employment Professionals Saxum
Robert E. Lorton
William G. Paul
1996 | Tulsa Tulsa World Media Company
2001 | Tulsa Tulsa World Media Company
2010 | Oklahoma City Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Oklahoma City Thunder
Tom E. Love
2000 | Oklahoma City Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
Aubrey K. McClendon 2007 | Oklahoma City Tom and Judy Love
Tom J. McDaniel
2006 | Oklahoma City Tom and Judy Love
Louise Davis McMahon 1954 | Lawton The Lawton Constitution
Clem Rogers McSpadden 1990 | Chelsea Phil B. and Joan M. Albert
1998 | Oklahoma City Tom and Judy Love
2003 | Oklahoma City Inasmuch Foundation & Mr. and Mrs. William J. Ross
H. Milt Phillips
1967 | Seminole Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC & Duke and Linda Ligon
W. DeVier Pierson 2002 | Pawhuska Hugh and Ann Roff
William Bliss Pine
1935 | Okmulgee The First National Bank & Trust of Okmulgee
1951 | Tulsa The University of Tulsa
2004 | Maysville Bob and Chimene Burke
Gregory E. Pyle
2007 | Hugo Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
1994 | Oklahoma City E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation Tom and Judy Love
Juanita Kidd Stout
1981 | Wewoka Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC & Duke and Linda Ligon
1999 | Norman DeAnn and Lee Allan Smith
Jordan J.N. Tang
2008 | Oklahoma City E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation
Wayman Lawrence Tisdale 2009 | Tulsa Oklahoma City Thunder
Ralph G. Thompson
1995 | Oklahoma City Inasmuch Foundation & Mr. and Mrs. William J. Ross
Michael C. Turpen
2010 | Oklahoma City Tom and Judy Love
Ronald H. White 2012 | Seminole Tom and Judy Love
C.B. “Bud” Wilkinson 1963 | Norman The Clay Bennett Family
Muriel H. Wright
1940 | Lehigh Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
1932 | Claremore Phil B. and Joan M. Albert
2004 | Enid Mr. and Mrs. John D. Groendyke
2000 | Tulsa Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
John W. Nichols
1987 | Ardmore Devon Energy
1976 | Henryetta Phil B. and Joan M. Albert
1960 | Lawton The Lawton Constitution
OHOF’S STORY THROUGH ITS PEOPLE
On September 10, artist Bert Seabourn greeted guests at the opening of his show in the Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery in the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. If the Fence Could Talk author Dr. Brad Robison, illustrator Margaret Hoge, and Frank and Cathy Keating signed books for guests at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum.
Davis Sanders, center left, and Walker Sanders of Kingfisher with former Gov. Frank Keating and former First Lady Cathy Keating during the If The Fence Could Talk book signing at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. Davis and Walker are the sons of State Rep. Mike and Nellie Sanders.
Author Cheryl Schuermann presented a copy of Jordan Tang: Think … Create … Discover to the book’s subject, Dr. Jordan Tang. The book is one of five volumes released in the new I Am Oklahoma Children’s Series published by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Hosted by the Second Century Board, more than 300 attended the inaugural Oklahoma Born & Brewed event at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. Marissa Raglin read Charlie the Ranch Dog: Where’s the Bacon to those attending the October Third Thursdays’ event at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum.
Following storybook time at the October Third Thursdays’ event, attendees made scarecrows before spending time touring the Museum.
Guests attending the opening reception for Bert Seabourn: American Expressionist enjoyed Wolf Robe, a 48” x 48” acrylic on canvas by Bert Seabourn. The exhibit will be featured in the Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery through January 9, 2016.
With proceeds benefitting the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum, the second annual Oklahoma Born & Brewed event is scheduled for Friday, August 19 at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum.
On August 21, the Second Century Board hosted Oklahoma Born & Brewed, a craft beer and small plate pairing event, to benefit the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum. Held in partnership with the Oklahoma Craft Brewers Guild, the event featured tastings from 14 of Oklahoma’s premier and up-and-coming craft breweries. More than 300 guests partook in the festivities that raised $11,931 for the organization and Museum’s programming. The Second Century Board would like to thank the following sponsors for generously supporting Oklahoma Born & Brewed and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame: PRESENTING 110 events Rococo Catering PLATINUM Kendra Scott Design Yelp OKC GOLD BTV Solutions Hall Estill LIFT OKC - Luxury Urban Apartments Joe & Darcey Moran
On August 21, premiere and up-and-coming craft brewers from across Oklahoma participated in Oklahoma Born & Brewed, a craft beer and small plate pairing event. Visitors of all ages enjoyed the Statehood Day Festival at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum on Saturday, November 14.
Face painting is just one of the activities visitors enjoyed at the 2015 Statehood Day Festival.
During the Statehood Day Festival guests enjoyed working together on crafts.
SILVER CleanBeyond Commercial Oklahoma Jeffrey S. Coe, Attorney at Law PLLC Midtown Renaissance Oklahoma City Thunder Sparrow Park Goods & Co. BRONZE Dan Powell Const. LLC Nick and Erica Gray Green Bay Packaging, Inc. Mandy Green Brian & Alexis Lux Physical Therapy Central Matt Tipton - Vanguard Results The Well of OKC Wine & Spirits
Visitors enjoyed meeting the authors of the new I Am Oklahoma Children’s Series during the Statehood Day Festival.
Guests enjoyed viewing and purchasing work by talented young Oklahomans at the Young Entrepreneurs and Artists Market during the Statehood Day Festival.
I Am Oklahoma Children’s Series authors Cheryl Schuermann, Gwendolyn Hooks, Pati Hailey, Jane McKellips, and Darleen Beard signed copies of their books for Bill Young during Encyclomedia.
The Second Century Board works to introduce a new generation of Oklahomans to the people who have shaped our heritage as well as those who are currently making history in our great state. For more information regarding upcoming Second Century activities, visit OklahomaHoF.com.
OHOF’S STORY THROUGH ITS PEOPLE
Pat & Mike Case and Joe & Darcey Moran at the patron donor and Honoree reception on the eve of the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony. The Cases hosted the event in their home. 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Honoree Steadman Upham, left, congratulated by Charlie Stephenson.
From left, Minisa Crumbo Halsey, Sharon Shoulders, Jim Halsey, Mom Wanda Pratt with son Kevin Durant prior to his induction and Donna McSpadden at the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Banquet & Induction Ceremony. Jim Halsey is a 2015 Honoree.
Steve Turnbo, co-chair of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Program Mark and Nancy Stansberry congratulate Jim Halsey on being Charles and Sharen Jester Turney visited with W. DeVier Pierson Committee, and Ken Fergeson at the reception hosted by the selected for induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame during in the Case family home. Cases in their home. the patron donor and Honoree reception on November18.
Members of the Oklahoma City Thunder at the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony. Celebrating a successful 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony are, from left, Micwhael C. Turpen, David Smith, Barry Switzer, and Lee Allan Smith.
Roxana Lorton, right, congratulated Bill and Nicki Hancock on Bill’s induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Sharen Jester Turney, 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Honoree, be- Judy Love, left, and Jane Jayroe Gamble, right, congratulate Wanda Robert & Roxana Lorton and Louise & Clayton I. Bennett following ing interviewed prior to the induction ceremony on November 19. Pratt on Kevin Durant’s induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony.
Leona Mitchell, center, with Madi Metcalf and Alaska Holloway at the patron donor and Honoree reception in the home of Pat and Mike Case.
Visiting during the Oklahoma Hall of Fame patron donor and Honoree reception in the Case home are William J. Ross, 2015 Honoree, Bob Ross, and Phil Albert.
Oklahoma Hall of Fame staff, from left, Millie Craddick, Gini Campbell, Britton Stowell, Shelley Rowan, Brenda Schwartz, Marissa Raglin, Shannon L. Rich, Julie Korff, Kyle Cohlmia, Bailey Gordon, and Jeremy Humbert.
Andy Coats congratulated 2015 Honoree Sharen Jester Turney following her induction.
Bob Burke, left, congratulates T. Coleman Bourke on earning Oklahoma Hall of Fame Honoree Bill Hancock, left, congratuthe 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Scholarship during the lated by Donna and George Nigh at the reception following 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony. the induction ceremony.
Edna Mae and Harold “H” Holden congratulate Mike and Martha Larsen on Mike’s induction.
MAGAZINE DONORS Jennifer & Mark Allen
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o Check payable to: Oklahoma Hall of Fame o Bill my o VISA o MasterCard o Discover o AmEx
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Jodi R. Cline
Vaughndean & Dr. A. Munson Fuller
The Honorable Jerome A. Holmes
Joseph R. McGraw*
Greg & Donna Price
Dean Stringer* Oklahoma City
Gilbert & Aulena Gibson
James A. Hyde
Mekusukey Oil Co., LLC
The Puterbaugh Foundation
Robert E. Thomas*
William Wayne Lee
Norman Imes, M.D.
Lona A. Barrick
Ike & Marybeth Glass
Dr. & Mrs. William L. Beasley
Mr. & Mrs. Glenn A. Cox
Bruce T. Benbrook/The Stock Exchange Bank
Frederick Drummond* Pawhuska
Barbara Bass Berry*
Standard Donor Benefits • Subscription to Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Headlines e-update • 10% discount at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum Store • Invitations to organization and Museum events • Program and event discounts for Donors STUDENT $15 All Standard benefits plus: • Annual admission pass to the GaylordPickens Museum for student (must present valid student ID; kindergarten through college eligible) INDIVIDUALISM: $50 All Standard benefits plus: • Annual admission pass to the GaylordPickens Museum PERSEVERANCE: $100 All Standard benefits plus: • Annual admission passes to the GaylordPickens Museum for 2 adults and household children under 18
OPTIMISM: $500 All Pioneer Spirit benefits plus: • 25% discount on one-time rental of the Devon Classroom GENEROSITY: $1,000 All Optimism benefits plus: • One complimentary weekday use of the Edith Kinney Gaylord Garden or BennettMcClendon Great Hall • Advance opportunity to purchase Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony tickets • Recognition in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony program LEGACY CIRCLE: $2,000 All Generosity benefits plus: • Customized facility use package* HONOR CIRCLE: $2,500 All Generosity benefits plus: • Customized facility use package*
Oklahoma City Nichols Hills
Mary Frances & INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Mick Michaelis Newkirk Center Duncan Oklahoma City E. Ann Graves* Jasmine & Melvin Moran* Tulsa Jackie Cooper Imports Seminole of Tulsa Neil & Teri Gray The Robert Z. Naifeh Tulsa Harrah Family Oklahoma City Jack & Adrienne Grimmett Mr. & Mrs. Gib James Oklahoma City Pauls Valley C. D. & Gwen The Kerr Foundation, Inc. Northcutt* Jim & Julie Grissom Edmond
Ken & Mary Ann Fergeson*
Dr. & Mrs. Don Halverstadt
KWB Oil Property Management, Inc.
Jordan & Erin Page
First National Bank of Oklahoma
Ann & Burns Hargis
Robert J. LaFortune
Allen K. Harris
Sen. Charles Ford
Robert J. Hays
Students & Staff, Francis Tuttle Technology Center
Patty & Joe Cappy
Gen. (Ret.) Tommy & Cathryn Franks
Case & Associates
Mary Sue Hill*
Howard K. Berry, Jr.
Bobby C. Blair Shawnee
Mr. & Mrs. G. T. Blankenship* Oklahoma City
Sharlene S. Branham* Oklahoma City
Phyllis & Russal Brawley Oklahoma City
Nevyle & Carol Cable
PIONEER SPIRIT: $250 All Perseverance benefits plus: • Four single-use guest passes to the GaylordPickens Museum
Jean & Penn V. Rabb, Jr. Lawton
Gene Rainbolt Oklahoma City
Bill & Donna Ramsey Bixby
Red Oak Energy Partners, LLC Shawnee
Frank C. & Ludmila Robson* Claremore
F. A. Sewell III
Richard L. Sias
Nancy & Tim Leonard
Mr. & Mrs. William G. Paul
Dr. & Mrs. George Henderson
Mark & Carol Lester
Russell M. Perry
Elaine & Harrison Levy*
Ruby C. Petty
Michael E. Smith
Dr. Barry & Roxanne Pollard
Southwest State Bank
Mary & Don Herron Idabel
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc. Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Oklahoma City
C. J. Silas* Gennady Slobodov
Judge & Mrs. Ralph G. Thompson* Oklahoma City
Mrs. Billie Thrash Oklahoma City
William Tunell, M.D. Oklahoma City
Tallie & Thad Valentine Oklahoma City
Kris Vculek Waukomis
Reece Van Horn Oklahoma City
Lew & Myra Ward* Enid
Mr. & Mrs. W. K. Warren, Jr.* Tulsa
Hon. & Mrs. Lee R. West Oklahoma City
Pete & Lynne White
Edward Ruscha Venice
Dr. & Mrs. J. Philip Kistler Belmont NEW YORK
New York City TEXAS
Paul & Donna Christensen/ Omega Productions Palacios
Betty G. Lambert Fort Worth
Tom & Phyllis McCasland Dallas
Frank W. Rees, Jr. Irving VIRGINIA
Willis C. Hardwick
Alexandria WASHINGTON, D.C.
Adam J. & Betty K. Permetter Falato Ruth & Stanley Youngheim James R. Jones* Oklahoma City El Reno
Keith & Pat Bailey* Saratoga IN MEMORY OF
Listed below are donors to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum at the $2,500 level and above. Funded solely by private contributions, we are extremely grateful for the support of all the individuals and organizations who give to each of our programs and enable us to tell Oklahoma’s story through its people. This list represents donors as of November 23, 2015.
MAIL TO: OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME | 1400 CLASSEN DRIVE | OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73106
SUBSCRIPTION $35 • Subscription to Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Headlines e-update
GIFT RECIPIENT Mr./Mrs./Dr./Ms. GIFT RECIPIENT’S ADDRESS
Dr. Robert L. Bartheld
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Burke Oklahoma City
The Chickasaw Nation
Mrs. Henry Freede Inasmuch Foundation
Continental Resources, Inc. Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Mr. and Mrs. Devon Energy Corporation David L. Kyle Oklahoma City
E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation
GiANT Partners Oklahoma City
INTEGRIS Health Oklahoma City
Nichols Hills McAlester
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Ross
Mr. Richard L. Sias Oklahoma City
Simmons Foundation Oklahoma City Oklahoma City
Kathy Taylor and Bill Lobeck
Marland Estate Foundation Ponca City
The University of Tulsa Tulsa World Media Company Tulsa
Ms. Sharen Jester Turney Reynoldsburg, OH
University of Oklahoma Foundation Norman
The Oklahoman Media Company $10,000 AND ABOVE
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Meinders
Oklahoma City Oklahoma City
$5,000 - $9,999 110 events
American Fidelity Mervin Bovaird Foundation Foundation Tulsa
Baseball in the Cross Timbers LLC
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Moran III
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton I. Bennett
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Z. Naifeh and Family
Bill W. Burgess, Jr. Lawton
Mr. and Mrs. Mike D. Case Tulsa
Dolese Bros. Co. Oklahoma City
Christy and Jim Everest
Larry and Polly Nichols Oklahoma City
Mrs. Mary Nichols Oklahoma City
Management, Inc. Oklahoma City
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Grigsby Edmond
Mr. and Mrs. SONIC, America's Drive-In John D. Groendyke
Matthew 25:40 Missions Tulsa Stillwater Dr. and Mrs. Nazih Zuhdi Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey K. Nichols Hills McClendon
*Facility use is subject to availability, and restrictions may apply.
The University of Tulsa College of Engineering & Natural Sciences / Collins College of Business
Phil B. and Joan M. Albert Meinders Foundation
For more information about any of our donor levels or to customize your donor package at the $1,000 level and above, call Bailey Gordon at 405.523.3207.
Oklahoma State Dillingham Insurance University/OSU Foundation Enid Stillwater First United Bank Mr. and Mrs. Durant J. Hugh Roff, Jr. Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Leichter The Lawton Constitution
James C. & Teresa K. Day Tom and Judy Love Oklahoma City Foundation Sugar Land, TX Love's Travel Stops & Mr. and Mrs. Duke R. Ligon Country Stores Puterbaugh Foundation
CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE: $10,000 All Generosity benefits plus: • Customized facility use package* • Recognition in The Oklahoman, The Lawton Constitution and Tulsa World Oklahoma Hall of Fame Sunday Supplement
Adam and Betty K. Permetter Falato
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE: $5,000 All Generosity benefits plus: • Customized facility use package* • Recognition in The Oklahoman, The Lawton Constituition and Tulsa World Oklahoma Hall of Fame Sunday Supplement
EXECUTIVE CIRCLE: $3,500 All Generosity benefits plus: • Customized facility use package*
Express Employment Professionals
Don E. Sporleder
Ann S. Alspaugh
Supporting the Oklahoma Hall of Fame makes an excellent gift. Please complete the form above and recipient information at right.
Dr. Richard W. Poole*
Janice & A. P. Martin
Yes! I would like to support the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Robert D. Allen* Oklahoma City
Check support level desired. o Student .............................. $15 o Subscription ....................... $35 o Individualism ...................... $50 o Perseverance .................. $100 o Pioneer Spirit .................. $250 o Optimism ....................... $500 o Generosity ................... $1,000 o Legacy Circle ............. $2,000 o Honor Circle ............... $2,500 o Executive Circle .......... $3,500 o President’s Circle ......... $5,000 o Chairman’s Circle ...... $10,000
Chip & Shannon Fudge
Checotah Landmark Preservation
*Denotes Charter Sponsor
Mr. Keith Bailey Tulsa
Big 12 Conference Irving, TX
BOK Foundation Tulsa
Mr. and Mrs. Al Branch
Mr. Chad Tuttle UMB Bank
Tulsa, Oklahoma City
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond
Mustang Fuel Corporation
Ms. Kaitlyn Schrick
OGE Energy Corp.
Tip and Suzanne Graham
Ms. Emily Sutton
Ms. Nancy Teague Chickasha
DeAnn and Lee Allan Smith
Tri County Tech Foundation
Ms. Margaret Anne Snyder
Ms. Lisa Upton
T.D. Williamson, Inc.
Ms. Ashlyn Watson
Mr. Joe D. Hall Elk City
Mrs. Holly Henry Flower Mound, TX
Mr. Samuel Hewes
H.A. & Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust $3,500 - $4,999 Tulsa
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hancock Prairie Village, KS
Ms. Melissa Baker The Woodlands, TX
Mr. John Boyd
Ms. Chandra Kroll Mr. Blaire Logan Edmond
MA+ Architecture & CMSWillowbrook Careertech Administrative Oklahoma City Council, Inc. Ms. Jena Malone Mr. Timothy C. Headington Oklahoma City Mr. E.H. Hawes
Dallas, TX Dallas, TX
Mr. Douglas L. Jackson Enid
Cox Charities Oklahoma City
Cox Communications Oklahoma City
Mr. John Cox Lobeck-Taylor Foundation Oklahoma City Tulsa Mr. Robert DeNegri NBC Bank Norman Oklahoma City Laura Edwards NBC – Altus Seattle, WA Altus Dr. and Mrs. Robert H. Epstein Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Robert E. Norman Tulsa Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation OU/Price College of Oklahoma City Business & Rainbolt College of Education Michael and Sherry Fair Norman
Mr. and Mrs. W. DeVier Pierson Chevy Chase, MD
R.A. Young Foundation Dallas, TX
Walton Family Foundation Edmond Bentonville, AR Jeffrey G. Hirsch M.D. Zarrow Families Foundation Oklahoma City
Alisa Fellhauer Oklahoma City
First National Bank & Trust of Okmulgee Okmulgee
Mr. H.E. "Gene" Rainbolt Francis Tuttle Oklahoma City Community Cherokee Nation Businesses Oklahoma City Technology Center Foundation, Inc. Oklahoma City Catoosa Charles and Peggy Oklahoma City Stephenson Family Fulton & Susie Chesapeake Energy Oklahoma City Thunder Corporation Foundation Collins Foundation Oklahoma City
Mr. Anthony Garcia
Manhattan Construction Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Tampa, FL
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Burrage
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
Ms. Patricia Evans
Oklahoma Humanities Council, Inc.
First National Bank of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Nicole Pharaoh Oklahoma City
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Raczkowski Oklahoma City
Robinson Oilfield Services Weatherford
Richard and Jan Ronck Oklahoma City
$2,500 - $3,499
Earl Bay Mitchell
Zarrow Families Foundation
McElroy Manufacturing, Inc. Tulsa
Central Liquor CP&Y
Oklahoma City Westchester, IL
Helmerich & Payne Inc. Tulsa
Ms. Tracy Jungels Edmond
Kendra Scott Design Oklahoma City
Shannon Rich and Kelly Kerr Oklahoma City
Mr. and Mrs. Ben and Ysabel Selander Phillip D. Mercer Edmond
We want to accurately thank our supporters. If you notice an error, please contact Bailey Gordon at 405.523.3207 or email@example.com.
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