At a banquet in Tulsa on Saturday, the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits presented the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation with an Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Award.
Out of approximately 18,000 nonprofits statewide, only 24 were named finalists. Awards were presented in eight areas: arts and humanities, community, education, health services, self-sufficiency, seniors, youth development and the open category, which OMRF received.
“We are delighted to be in the company of so many other wonderful Oklahoma nonprofits who were nominated along with us,” said OMRF President Stephen Prescott, M.D. “OMRF works hard to be a good citizen as well as a leader in research excellence. It means a lot to us to be singled out for this honor.”
Jeff Moen, board chair of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, congratulated all the winners and finalists, saying, “All 24 of the nonprofits honored have demonstrated excellence in their approach to serving the community. Since its inception, the ONE Awards have been transformational to build capacity for more than 200 organizations in Oklahoma through the recognition and grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. We are truly thankful to the visionary philanthropists who have made these awards possible.”
The ONE Awards Selection Commission, a group of community leaders from across Oklahoma, determines the finalists.
“Now in our 70th year, OMRF strives to be recognized as Oklahoma’s medical research foundation,” said OMRF Vice President of Development Penny Voss. “This ONE Award will help us spread the word about our mission and how the work our scientists do helps people in our state and around the world.”
Other ONE Award recipients were: OK Mozart International Music Festival, United Way of Central Oklahoma, Paths to Independence, Health Alliance for the Uninsured, ReMerge of Oklahoma County, RSVP of Enid and North Central Oklahoma, Inc., and Cleats for Kids.