Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: March 30, 2007

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: March 30, 2007

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A civic leader, a leadership couple, two artistic visionaries and a dedicated volunteer will be the 2007 Treasures for Tomorrow honorees presented at a dinner April 10 at the Petroleum Club. The honorees are Ron Norick, former mayor of Oklahoma City; Polly and J. Larry Nichols, community leaders; Paula Stover and Nick Demos, executive director and artistic director, respectively, of Lyric Theatre; and the late John W. Rex, dedicated volunteer.

Co-chairing the evening, which will begin at 6:30 with cocktails, are Mark Funke and Susan Edwards. Reservations are $250 per person with patron-level sponsorships at $400 each. Corporate sponsorships also are available. For information or reservations, call the sponsoring Oklahoma Health Center Foundation at (405) 271-2200 or visit www.oklahomahealth center.com. Proceeds will benefit the OU Health Center campus beautification efforts.

From 1987 to 1998, Norick oversaw growth and resurgence to a dying downtown area and a city with aging public schools and infrastructure. The MAPS program grew from his vision of a major capital campaign and provided a renaissance to the downtown, enticing business people to return. He is controlling manager of Norick Investment Company LLC and continues to stay involved in Oklahoma City as a volunteer, serving on numerous boards civic boards and receiving many awards and honors throughout the years.

The Nicholses are not only recognized as prominent community volunteers but also as business professionals respected in Oklahoma. In 2007 they will serve as the first couple to share the United Way of Central Oklahoma annual fund campaign. She has served as executive director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in Public Education and is past chair of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation. He is chairman and CEO of Devon Energy Corp. Their list of community agencies for which they volunteer is numerous and impressive and range from her seat on the Presbyterian Health Foundation corporate board to his participation with the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Paula Stover went from a volunteer Lyric Guild member more than 30 years ago to Lyric Theatre's corporate board of directors and ultimately the position of managing director, appointed in 1996. …

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