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Peggy Gandy: Social Scene: Aug. 31

Courage Awards, Dinner, Theater
By Peggy Gandy pagandy@opubco.com Published: August 31, 2014
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EXCEPTIONAL!

Event: Integris Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center Courage Award.

Venue: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Honored: Matt Grice, an Oklahoma City policeman, suffered a traumatic brain injury after being rear-ended by a car going 65 miles an hour. Grice was in a coma for a month.

E.H. Pittman was paralyzed in the Moore tornado. A soldier with the 45th Infantry Brigade, Pittman was injured after coming home, as he sheltered a mother and her infant son during the storm.

Billy Wynne, the sole survivor of an Eaglemed fiery helicopter crash. Wynne had his left leg and fingers amputated.

The national honoree was Gary Linfoot. During his 19th combat tour in Iraq his helicopter crashed and his injuries caused paralysis below the waist.

What: For 20 years Jim Thorpe Courage Awards have been given to individuals who display bravery and grace through the most horrendous circumstances.

The evening: Guests enjoyed a seated dinner, live and silent auctions and a gem raffle.

Co-Chairmen: Dr. Amal Moorad, Kathey Sandler, Kevin and Ginger Sloan, Dr. Charles and Jeanne Morgan, Gene and Jo Downing, Bob and Tara Nouri, Dr. John and Barbara Munneke, Jerry and Charlotte Hess, Ryan and Julianna Deligans.

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