Event: Jim Thorpe Courage Awards.
Venue: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Receiving Courage Awards: Receiving standing ovations, Dana Howard, Boston Tracy and John Waldenville were recognized for displaying exceptional bravery and grace through the most difficult of circumstances.
Other Recognitions: The successes of two of last year's honorees, Mary Beth Davis and Chad Peery, also were celebrated. Injured in an auto accident, Davis suffered a spinal cord injury leaving her permanently in a wheelchair. Wearing an Ekso bionic suit, a wearable robot or exoskeleton now being offered at Jim Thorpe, Davis walked across the stage in a milestone moment.
Event: Festival of Hope “An Evening of Acclamation and Admiration.''
Where: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
To Benefit: HeartLine, Oklahoma's Community Crisis Connection.
Honorees: Cathy Leichter, Retired Army Reservist Maj. Ed Pulido and Mid Del Community Health Center were honored for improving the quality of life for people in Oklahoma. Dr. Nelda Ferguson was the recipient of the Community Spirit Award, which was presented to her family. Mustang Middle School earned the Audrey Hatley Award.
The Evening: Reception, dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment including jazz music by the Lee Rucker Quartet.
Honorary co-chairmen: Tom and Lisa Price.
Event: The Daughters of the American Revolution State Workshop.
Where: Biltmore Hotel.
Theme: “We Are Soaring to New Heights.”
The Facts: Pat McFall is Daughters of the American Revolution state president. The Sons of the American Revolution served as the color guard. Dr. Stuart O. Denslow is Sons of the American Revolution state president.
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Event: The Big Taste.
To Benefit: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma.
The Theme: “A Night of British Royalty and Rock.''
Where: Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center.