By: Sarah Soudek | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2018
Pictured left to right: Brandi Bynum & Liz Brolick, Switchgear Search and Recruiting – The Donna & Gary Dundee Family Foundation Small Business Award Winner Arquicia Franklin, accepting on behalf of Shannon Wilburn – Individual Caregiver Award Winner Bob Hurley, Bob Hurley Auto Families – Large Business Award Winner Dr. Kent G. Farish, Crossover Health Services – Healthcare Award Winner Pastors Aaron & Sandy Hunter, Collective Church – Church Award Winner (Not pictured) Pastor LeRon West – Individual Community Impact Award Winner
The third annual Oklahoma Caring Awards on Sept. 13 celebrated finalists and announced the winners in six distinct award categories. The evening gala featured Jody Jean Dreyer, a 30-year Walt Disney former Senior Executive as the keynote speaker and incorporated Disney-themed elements throughout the event.
The Oklahoma Caring Awards honors individuals, churches, businesses, and healthcare companies who have gone above and beyond to care for their loved ones, community, or clients. “It is an honor to host this event as a way to showcase the outstanding hospitality and care that the nominees, finalists, and winners of the Oklahoma Caring Awards demonstrate in our great state of Oklahoma,” said Hospitality House of Tulsa Founder and CEO, Toni Moore.
The 2018 Oklahoma Caring Award winners in each of the six categories were announced at the event as follows:
Individual Caregiver Award Winner: Shannon Wilburn
Individual Community Impact Award Winner: LeRon West
Church Award Winner: Collective Church
The Donna & Gary Dundee Family Foundation Small Business Award Winner: Switchgear Search and Recruiting
Large Business Award Winner: Bob Hurley Auto Families
Healthcare Award Winner: Crossover Health Services
Finalists in the Individual Caregiver category were presented with a $1,500 certificate from Mattress Firm Tulsa. Additionally, the Large Business and Small Business award winners received $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice, while all other award winners received a $1,000 prize.
Nearly 200 people gathered at the DoubleTree Hotel at Warren Place for the program that honored the six award winners, as well as the 18 finalists. The entertainment for the evening included a live auction, a Disney-themed dessert production, and an engaging question and answer session with Hospitality House Founder, Toni Moore and Keynote Speaker, Jody Jean Dreyer.
All $76,000 of the proceeds from the Oklahoma Caring Awards event benefited Hospitality House of Tulsa. A mission of Philos Hospitality, Inc., Hospitality House is a nonprofit organization that provides lodging, meals, prayer support, transportation assistance, health and caregiving education, and community connection resources to families traveling to Tulsa for medical treatment from 30 miles away or greater. Further information may be found at www.hhtulsa.org
Sponsors for the event included H.A. & Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust, Donna and Gary Dundee Family Foundation, Regent Bank, Bama Companies, FirstNation Healthcare, Olympia Pharmacy, Premier Advisors Group, Tulsa Adjustment Bureau, and Williams.
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