Downtown Oklahoma City Inc., will honor Mayor Mick Cornett; The Oklahoman Business Writer Steve Lackmeyer; Oklahoma City Philharmonic Music Director Joel Levine; and Tapstone Energy CEO Tom Ward for their contributions to the downtown community at the 28th annual Dean A. McGee Awards.
“These four honorees have courageously invested in Oklahoma City’s development and have helped create a vibrant center for everyone to congregate,” said Kirk Humphreys, chairman of The Humphreys Co., who received the Dean A. McGee Award in 2006. “Because of their dedication, we have a downtown that all Oklahoma City residents are proud to call home.”
Cornett will receive the Dean A. McGee Award for his lifetime contributions to the city. Cornett has been recognized by state, national, and international organizations for his accomplishments in Oklahoma City and was elected as a Trustee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which hosted its 2012 annual meeting downtown.
Lackmeyer is the recipient of Downtown OKC’s innaugural President’s Award. A journalist for The Oklahoman since 1990, Lackmeyer has dedicated his career to reporting on the history, redevelopment and revitalization of downtown Oklahoma City at the newspaper as a reporter, through his OKC Central columns, blog and weekly live chats, and as an author of four books about Downtown: “OKC Second Time Around,” “Skirvin,” “Operation Scissortail” and “Bricktown.”
Levine will be given the Stanley Draper Award for his efforts in community excellence. Since he arrived in Oklahoma City in 1976 as music director for Lyric Theatre, Levine has taken an active role in the economic development of Oklahoma City. He worked actively for passage of MAPS 1 and played a key role in the renovation of the Civic Center Music Hall.
Ward will be Downtown OKC’s 2014 Neal Horton Award honoree for his role in the revitalization of downtown’s Central Business District. While Chairman and CEO of SandRidge Energy, Ward oversaw the transformation of the former Kerr-McGee Tower into SandRidge’s corporate headquarters.
The 2014 Dean A. McGee Awards Ceremony will be May 13 in the Skirvin Hilton’s Grand Ballroom at One Park Avenue.
Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling 235-3500 or emailing rsvp@DowntownOKC.com. Individual tickets are $250 each, and seating is limited.