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.
KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THE CHILDREN
Event: Melody Lane — A Night for Children.
Hosted by: Parent Promise, an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect.
Where: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.
What: This 18th annual event offered guests a dinner buffet, music, entertainment and a live auction. A Parisian-style flea market silent auction featured such items as gift certificates, jewelry, artwork and wine. Some of the items from the live auction included a condo vacation in Rancho Mirage, Calif., an autographed guitar from stars at the American Music Awards and an autographed Oklahoma City Thunder basketball.
Event: Dinner and Theater.
Where: Jewel Box Theater.
What: The play was “The Dixie Swim Club,” and the food was heavy hors d’oeuvres. A silent auction featured “ladylike” items such as purses, jewelry and makeup. Live piano music also kept the evening fun at this Ladies Only event.
To benefit: D-Dent, which helps elderly and developmentally disabled patients regain their oral health and veterans who need aid.