The Stanley Draper Award being given to Williams is presented for community excellence by an outstanding staff or volunteer of a nonprofit group or nonelected government employee who has made a lasting positive change for downtown. The award is named after city visionary and longtime Chamber executive Stanley Draper.
Williams has led support for passage of several voter initiatives during slow economic times, such as the Big League City campaign to improve Chesapeake Arena and MAPS 3 campaign that includes a 21st century Convention Center.
Williams also serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, Downtown YMCA and Downtown Oklahoma City Inc.
The Neal Horton Award being presented to Fudge is presented to a visionary who creates a renaissance in a downtown area. It is named after Neal Horton, who pioneered and visualized Bricktown as an energetic entertainment destination long before that dream was realized.
Fudge is widely regarded as the visionary pioneer for the Film Exchange District and Historic Film Row.
Fudge is a board member and treasurer for Downtown Oklahoma City Inc., and chairman of Claims Management Resources, a property damage recovery company, and AMR, a collection agency based on Film Row in his latest project, the Hart building.
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Reservations are available
The Dean A. McGee Awards, presented by Downtown OKC Inc., is open to anyone interested in continuing excellence for downtown. Reservations are available at $200 per person by calling 235-3500 or emailing rsvp@DowntownOKC.com. Seating is limited. Corporate tables and sponsorships are available at $3,500 for a premium table, which is a preferred table reserved for eight people, or $2,500 for a patron table of eight people.