Individual honorees are Kelly Dyer Fry, The Oklahoman's editor and vice president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group; and David Starkey, who has campaigned to limit access to pseudoephedrine, a precursor to methamphetamine, ever since losing a friend to the drug. Other honorees will be Chesapeake Energy, KFOR/KAUT, OSU, East Central University and Bethany High School.
The event will include live music, dinner, a chocolate candy buffet, a specialty coffee bar, a silent auction and a live auction for items including a men's Rolex watch and a trip for two to the Espy Awards.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Bud Wilkinson Center, 4040 N Lincoln Blvd.
“We think the issue we're dealing with is the most significant because it has such a cascade effect in so many other areas,” Priest said. “It affects incarceration, child abuse and divorce rates. Health care costs are hit hard by substance abuse problems. … It's not hard to come to the conclusion that if you work on this one issue, you can affect so many others that spring from it.”
Tickets are $100. Table sponsorships begin at $1,250. To buy tickets, go online to events.fate.org. For more information, email Priest at email@example.com.