On the Town: Lynn Institute focuses on community development

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Lillie-Beth Brinkman

The Lynn Institute celebrated its ongoing efforts to build communities — and seek out what they need to do so — with its annual Legacy Luncheon Thursday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.

The new Tabitha Community Pocket Park in conjunction with the Tabitha Baptist Church in northeast Oklahoma City was among the projects featured heavily at the luncheon. The park, located at NE 11th and Grand Boulevard, is designed to be a community green space for area families. Also noted was Lynn Institute’s research and collaboration with Crossings Community Church, its Hope Initiative program, and On the Road to Health, which offers nutrition and wellness classes in specific communities.

“Collaboration is the cornerstone of our work,” said Steve Petty, CEO of the Lynn Institute. This work includes both research and execution of ideas that fulfill the institute’s mission to “create and sustain healthy communities across Oklahoma.”

The new park was developed through Tabitha Church and community partners such as the Inasmuch Foundation, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Total Environment Inc., Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Keep America Beautiful, City of ‘Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, and Sunbeam Family Services.

The luncheon also celebrated recipients of the Legacy Awards – the Inasmuch Foundation and Tabitha Baptist Church – and the Community Champion Awards, presented to Lisa Synar, Executive Director, Oklahoma City Beautiful; and Marilyn Dillon, Mobility Management Administrator for EMBARK.

The long list of various Legacy Luncheon sponsors on many different levels shows the broad reach of the Lynn Institute; there are too many to list in one column. Legacy Sponsors were Mo Anderson and the Lynn Health Science Institute, and Champion Sponsors were Hank and Susan Binkowski, Wade and Rebecca Brawley, Nancy Payne Ellis, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Foreman, Barbara Green, Karen Vinyard Waddell, and Dr. Kersey Winfree .

To learn more about the Lynn Institute and its Lynn Health Science Institute, visit lynninstitute.org.

To note

· Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Pumpkinville is up for the nation’s best pumpkin patch in a new USA Today-10Best poll. Vote one a day until September 12 at 10best.com/awards/travel. And plan to see Pumpkinville in person October 7-23 in Oklahoma City.

· The Paseo Arts Association invites Oklahoma-based artists and creative thinkers to submit their work and ideas for a Paseo FEAST grant to fund it. Finalists will give a five-minute presentation about the project to the public attending the FEAST dinner on October 18 at Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. Proposals must be submitted by September 12. Learn more and apply at thepaseo.org/feast.

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