Chosen ONEs

Two dozen organizations statewide, including eight from the Oklahoma City metro, have been selected as finalists. The state’s top nonprofit — and winner of $10,000 — will be announced at the annual ceremony on April 20.

Oklahoma’s nonprofit organizations make a difference in a variety of ways. Whether it be educating children, taking care of seniors or helping people recover from illnesses, these groups do their part to make the state the best it can be, said Kathy Potts, board chair for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, which presents the awards.

Finalists are divided into eight mission categories and each will receive $5,000, with category winners receiving $7,500. In total, including the overall winner’s $10,000 award, these organizations will share in $150,000 to recognize the significance of their charitable work.

The metro-area nonprofits contending for the top title include:
• A Chance to Change Foundation,
• Access Sports Inc.
• Allied Arts,
• Heritage Association,
• Neighborhood Services Organization,
• Oklahoma Honor Flights (in Midwest City),
• Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City Inc. and
• Wonderfully Made Foundation.

“The finalists are selected because they are the best of the best at what they do,” said J. Jerry Dickman, commission chairman. “From the top level of management down to the part-time staff, these are committed individuals pulling together to achieve missions as big as Oklahoma.”

The ceremony will be held at Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st in Tulsa. For tickets or more information, call 800-338-1798 or visit —Rachael Cervenka

Rachael Cervenka

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