Science never tasted so good.
Manning bake sales, hosting holiday home tours and selling apple pies at Christmas—the 12 groups that make up the Oklahoma Association of Mothers’ Clubs did a little bit of everything to raise money for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
The groups met Thursday for their annual banquet, held this year at the Biltmore Hotel in Oklahoma City, and presented a check for $2,500 for OMRF. The total includes a $500 donation from Wal-Mart.
This is the 53rd straight year the association has donated a portion of its fundraising revenue to medical research at OMRF. Since 1956, those donations have totaled more than $110,000.
Convention chair Melody Briggs, of Fairview, said the Mothers’ Clubs’ commitment to OMRF has not waned because OMRF’s commitment to medical breakthroughs has never slowed down.
“We just think it’s such a worthwhile institution,” she said. “The things OMRF does and has done over time is just amazing.”
Much like the Mothers’ Clubs, she said, OMRF uses limited funds to search for new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart disease, lupus and more. “We just wish more people would give to OMRF,” Briggs said.
The association, founded in 1940, is made up of 12 Mothers’ Clubs in the following Oklahoma cities:
• Fairview (3 chapters)
• Hennessey (2 chapters)
• Ponca City
Statewide, the group currently counts 182 members.
“We’re extremely fortunate, and extremely proud, to have the Oklahoma’s Mothers’ Clubs in our corner,” said OMRF development officer Emily Rothrock, who accepted the check at Thursday’s banquet. “They’ve been helping fight human disease almost as long as there’s been an OMRF. It’s a wonderful partnership.”
OMRF (omrf.org) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding and developing more effective treatments for human disease. Chartered in 1946, its scientists focus on such critical research areas as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, lupus and cardiovascular disease.