George Nigh served four terms each as state representative, lieutenant governor and governor. He has been president of the University of Central Oklahoma, an IBC bank executive and interim director of the state Tourism and Recreation Department.
Nigh is the lifetime president of the Donna Nigh Foundation and is, like his wife, a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. He advocates for many charities, including City Rescue Mission, which serves the homeless in Oklahoma City.
“After decades of service in public office, Gov. Nigh went on to provide important service to education, tourism and to those in need,” Walters said. “His work at the City Rescue Mission and his annual (fundraising) event called ‘It's a Guy Thing' are wonderful examples of how he continues to give back to our community.”
Walters and his wife, Rhonda Walters, will host the awards dinner Thursday on the 50th floor of the Devon Tower, 280 W Sheridan Ave. Former Oklahoma first lady Kim Henry, 2008 recipient Barry Switzer and Renzi Stone will present the awards.
Proceeds benefit the Knights of Columbus' Santa Fe Family Life Center, which operates community outreach programs.
Instead of attending the CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn., where he is nominated for video of the year for “Red Solo Cup,” Keith, an outspoken objector of the Country Music Association's awards process, will attend the Oklahoma City ceremony.
Despite his busy career, the Clinton native found time in the spring to attend the groundbreaking for his foundation's biggest project: the OK Kids Korral, which will provide housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families seeking care at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center and other nearby facilities. It is set to open in the fall of 2013.
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