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Choctaw Nation nominated for Beacon Award

As Oklahoma businesses and nonprofits continue to reach out to the recent tornado victims, The Journal Record is planning its annual tribute to those lighting the way in the state by giving back to the communities that support them. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is among the nominees for its efforts with organizations such as Veterans Airlift Command and Wounded Warriors among others.

The Journal Record will recognize 28 businesses and organizations for their contributions to the nonprofit community at its sixth annual Beacon Awards event on July 11 in downtown Oklahoma City.

Overall winners will be selected from the group and announced at the event at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. Organizations will be recognized in large, medium and small divisions for their contributions to the nonprofit community in two categories – charitable influence and philanthropic impact. In addition, three nonprofits will receive special recognition at the event: Allied Arts, Homeless Alliance and the Masonic Charity Foundation.

“The Oklahoma standard for giving is recognized worldwide and the business community drives that spirit,” said Mary Mélon, publisher of The Journal Record. “The Journal Record Beacon Awards allow us to honor the businesses and organizations who provide generous financial support and a culture of volunteerism and service. Both are critically important for our state’s nonprofits to continue providing valuable and much-needed services.”

These nonprofits and the company finalists will be featured in the Beacon Awards magazine and recognized at the event in July. A reception begins at 6 p.m., with dinner following at 7 p.m. Each of the Beacon Award honorees will receive an award. The overall winners in each category will receive a donation for the nonprofit they support. The event is presented by First Fidelity Bank and sponsored by Delta Dental, McAfee & Taft, Sonic and the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

“A strong nonprofit community is an integral part of a community, and that is especially true in times of need like we have faced recently in Oklahoma,” said Lee R. Symcox, First Fidelity president and CEO. “It is important to recognize those within the business community that provide vital backing and leadership for nonprofits. They give of their time and resources, and are an example for others, encouraging further support.”

Individual and group tickets are available. Reservations can be made by contacting Ashley Fitzpatrick at (405) 278-2820 or online at www.journalrecord.com/beacon-awards.

Charitable influence finalists – Organizations in the charitable influence category demonstrate a company culture that encourages and supports volunteerism, charitable giving and community involvement by its members.

Large business subcategory finalists include (500+ employees):
• Chaparral Energy.
• Groendyke Transport Inc.
• Oklahoma Publishing Co.
• Target.

Medium business subcategory finalists include (51-499 employees):
• CFS2.
• Cyntergy.
• Lakeside Women’s Hospital.
• Republic Bank & Trust.

Small business subcategory finalists include (50 or fewer employees):
• Retirement Investment Advisors Inc.
• Vann & Associates.

Philanthropic impact finalists – Those recognized in the philanthropic impact categories have made a significant charitable contribution to a nonprofit organization working to meet specific needs in the community. Large business subcategory finalists include (500 plus employees): • BancFirst.
• Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
• Crescent Cos.
• Dell Inc.
• Farmers Insurance.
• Halliburton.
• Nordam.

Medium business subcategory finalists include (51-499 employees):
• A Good Egg Dining Group.
• BP America.
• Cotton Electric Cooperative Inc.
• HSI Sensing.

Small business subcategory finalists include (50 or fewer employees):
• Ark Wrecking Co. of Oklahoma.
• CRI Feeders of Guymon LLC.
• Framed in the Village.
• Insight Creative Group.

See more at The Journal Record website.