Price Edwards & Co. co-founder Carl Edwards, Film Row developer Chip Fudge and Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President Roy Williams will be honored at the 27th annual Dean A. McGee Awards hosted by Downtown Oklahoma City Inc.
The 2013 Dean A. McGee Award Ceremony will be on May 30 in the Skirvin Hilton Grand Ballroom at One Park Avenue. The black-tie evet begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and award presentation at 7 p.m.
The 2013 co-chairs are Cathy O'Connor, president of The Alliance for Economic Development in Oklahoma City, and Kirk Humphreys, former mayor and chairman of The Humphreys Co.
“These three honorees have humbly displayed visionary leadership and extraordinary dedication to a downtown we are proud to call home,” said O'Connor, who received the Stanley Draper Award in 2009. “All of Oklahoma City and future generations greatly benefit from the actions and decisions made by Carl, Roy and Chip.”
The Dean A. McGee Award will be given to Edwards and recognizes individuals for contributions to downtown Oklahoma City. It is named after Dean A. McGee, the Oklahoma City business leader who chaired Kerr-McGee Corp. for two decades and was passionate about developing downtown for future generations.
Edwards began his career downtown at Liberty Bank. In 1988, he co-founded a commercial real estate service company, Price Edwards & Co., that has grown to become the largest in Oklahoma.
Edwards was one of the pioneers in developing downtown's bioscience campus and has led several business and civic boards for downtown organizations, including chairman of the Board of Trustees of Presbyterian Health Foundation, past chairman of the Oklahoma Bioscience Association and past chairman of the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation board.
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.
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.