At a pair of events Sunday and Monday, OMRF raised $671,000. Proceeds from the events will support medical research projects at the Oklahoma City nonprofit.
The foundation’s annual “241” events—two events for one great cause—consisted of a wine festival and concert by Country Music Association and Grammy award-winning band The Mavericks at OMRF on Sunday. The fundraiser was capped off with a golf tournament Monday at Stillwater’s Karsten Creek Country Club.
This was OMRF’s sixth year to hold the benefit, which has raised $3,832,119 since 2012. Funds raised this year will be used for research areas where the need is greatest and for promising projects that need additional funding. In the past, event proceeds have gone to support research in cancer, multiple sclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
“The funds raised at events like 241 are vitally important, because they provide OMRF’s scientists with the essential resources to continue their work,” said OMRF President Stephen Prescott, M.D. “Thanks to those who support this event, our researchers can continue their search for new diagnostics and treatments for a wide range of diseases.”
Honorary co-chairs for this year’s events were Cathy Keating and Larry Nichols. Mark and Beverly Funke served as event co-chairs.
Lead event sponsors included The Chickasaw Nation, American Fidelity/InvesTrust, Virginia and John Groendyke, Presbyterian Health Foundation, Glenna and Richard Tannenbaum, Allen Family Foundation, Arnall Family Foundation, Carl E. Gungoll Exploration, LLC, Devon Energy Corporation, H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust, Hardesty Family Foundation, Tim Headington, Leslie and Cliff Hudson, OPUBCO, Gene Rainbolt, Katie and Tony Say, and Tyler Media.