At its semiannual board meeting today, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation welcomed three members to its board of directors: Ann Felton of Oklahoma City, Marilyn Harrel of Leedey and Patricia Evans of Ponca City.
Since 1992, Felton has chaired the board of directors of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity. She has also served on the state Board of Education and as president of the Junior League of Oklahoma City.
Harrel previously served two terms on the Oklahoma Arts Council and has chaired numerous fundraising initiatives. Evans owns Evans and Associates Enterprises in Ponca City. She serves on the board of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and was previously a member of the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Also at the meeting, OMRF President Dr. J. Donald Capra announced that OMRF’s For the Future of Medical Research fundraising campaign has now exceeded $95 million. Begun in November 1999, the five-year capital and endowment campaign seeks to raise $100 million for the foundation.
“This campaign has remarkable progress over the past four years, in spite of tumultuous economic times,” Capra said. “With the help and support of our board members, I am confident we will not only reach but exceed our goals when this campaign comes to a close in November 2004.”
OMRF (www.omrf.org) is a nonprofit biomedical research institute dedicated to understand and curing human disease. Its scientists focus on such critical research areas as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease. OMRF is home to Oklahoma’s only Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and only member of the National Academy of Sciences in the area of biomedical research.