Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: March 13, 2006

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: March 13, 2006

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OKC Beautiful honored a big group of folks who contribute to the quality of life in and the beautification of Oklahoma City and its environs. The capacity crowd at this 23rd annual awards luncheon evidenced the importance of these recognitions. Mark Patterson, president of OKC Beautiful, welcomed all and introduced the emcee, Angela Buckelew of KWTV News 9.

Two award honorees were not named ahead of time. The first was the Morrison Graham Tucker Leadership Award, named for the prominent and innovative banker who was the only one to serve three terms as president of this organization. His son, John Tucker of New York City, presented the award to Cynthia Brindley, who established the Mother Earth Program for OKC Beautiful. Looking on with pride at this presentation was John's mother, Gladys Tucker.

The second was the Rookie of the Year award, which goes to a new board member. Klee Black, a member of the board, presented the award to Janie Comstock. The remainder of the awards had been announced previously.

Jerry Ennis, president of Oscar J. Boldt Construction, received the Visionary Award and, in his acceptance, he said he hated to mention it in front of media but he believed Boldt's work on the expansion of Will Rogers World Airport would be completed by the end of this year. He's hoping his prediction is true so reporters won't be heckling him if it isn't.

Another award winner, Charlie Givens, received the Individual Initiative Award for his career in developing apartments, condominiums, shopping malls and hotels, such as ZaZa in Dallas. Charlie, just back from a Bar Exposition (as in liquor and stuff) in Las Vegas, is getting ready to open his new hotel in Houston this fall.

Underwriter for the awards luncheon was Chesapeake Energy Corp. with the Philip Boyle Foundation as presenting sponsor. Theme table sponsors were Louise and Clayton I. Bennett, Kerr-McGee Corporation and The Oklahoman.

Corporate table sponsors included Express Premium Finance Co. LLC, First Fidelity Bank, Trust Co. of Oklahoma, Automobile Alley, BancFirst, Cole Paine & Carlin Insurance, Coppermark Bank, Dolese Brothers Co., Garden Design Associates, Inasmuch Foundation, Intrust Bank, Susan and Don Johnston, Johnston Builders and Mathis Brothers Furniture.

Other sponsors were NBC Bank/GBH Family Properties, OGE Energy Corp., Oscar J. Boldt Construction, Phillips McFall McCaffrey McVay & Murrah, P.C., Gladys H. Tucker and W. & W. Steel/Bert Cooper.

In keeping with its mission to keep our city beautiful, packets of flower seeds enhanced the table centerpieces and were party favors to take home.

Another star

A note from Bill Burkett updates us on yet another Oklahoma theatrical star. Matthew S. Tompkins, son of Ray and Sudie Tompkins of Oklahoma City, earned rave reviews for his performance in the New York City premiere of Fabrice Rozie's play, Transatlantic Liaison. …

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