On the Town: Great organizations worthy of the ONE Awards


Lillie-Beth Brinkman

Congratulations to the finalists of the 2022 Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards, which recognize excellence in nonprofit service each year. Since the awards’ inception in 2008, the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits has awarded more than $2 million in cash awards to outstanding state organizations.

Winners are selected for their work in a wide range of areas, including impact and client service delivery, reputation, internal management and effectiveness, said Phil Lakin Jr., chairman of the selection committee. of the ONE awards, in a press release. They will be recognized at a ceremony on April 9 in Tulsa.

The finalist organizations, listed by category, include:

· Arts and Humanities: Horton Records, Broken Arrow; Norman Arts Council, Norman; and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa.

· Community: Central Oklahoma Camp and Conference Center, Guthrie; Connections Food and Resource Center, Weatherford; South Tulsa Tulsa Community House.

· Education: Texoma Autism and Behavior Intervention School, Ardmore; Tulsa Children’s Museum – Discovery Lab, Tulsa; Tulsa Honor Academy, Tulsa.

General impact: Ardmore Animal Care, Ardmore; Skills for LIFE Foundation, Lawton; and Tulsa Economic Development Corporation, Tulsa.

· Health: Caring Hands Health Centers, McAlester; Founding of the University of Oklahoma on behalf of Fostering Hope of Tulsa, Tulsa; and the Saville Centre, Stillwater.

· Self-sufficiency: The City Lights Foundation of Oklahoma, Tulsa; The Dragonfly House, Oklahoma City; The Center for Virtue, Norman.

· Youth: Ballet Folklorico Xochipilli, Moore; Community Services for Youth of Southern Oklahoma, Ardmore; and Lions Meadows of Hope, Perkins.

For more information, go to www.okcnp.org and select “ONE” from the Events drop-down menu.


Tickets went on sale this week to see Bastille’s “Give Me the Future” tour presented by 92.9 The Edge at the Jones Assembly in Oklahoma City on May 15. The popular band in Britain has hits like “Happier” and “Pompeii”. Tickets available include General Admission and Standing Mezzanine, Patio Cabins, Mezzanine Cabin, and an Experience Package. For more information, visit thejonesassembly.com.

In Tulsa, Sterlin Harjo, co-creator of the FX series “Reservation Dogs,” premieres the short film Cherokee with a name that translates to “What They’ve Been Taught” at Circle Cinema on Saturday. The event, which will begin with a reception at 2 p.m. and sponsored by Crazy Eagle Media and Nia Tero, will include a post-film Q&A with director Brit Hensel and associate producer Keli Gonzales. The film itself was an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival and is one of seven films in the first season of Project Reciprocity. All tickets are free and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit CircleCinema.org or call (918) 585-3456.

The Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Botanical Gardens is still open until January 30. Saturday, enjoy Star Wars Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. with your favorite characters and Star Wars music for skating. For more information on all events, visit myriadgardens.org.


The Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, a nonprofit organization providing free bereavement support services to children and families as they navigate their bereavement journey in the Oklahoma City metro area, has named two members to its board of directors, according to a press release.

They are Ashley Perkins, vice president of Cox Business in Oklahoma, and Brad Lemon, senior manager of infrastructure and end-user services at Ascent Resources.

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