OKCNP Announces 2018 Visions Celebration Honorees

Annual Recognition Event Honors Six Visionaries for Service to Charity

OKLAHOMA CITY – Six men and women will receive Visions awards on Nov. 27, 2018 in Oklahoma City for their service to the nonprofit sector. The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits has announced the honorees for the annual event that recognizes tenacious and visionary leadership in nonprofit service, volunteerism and philanthropy.

This year, Kevin Evans of Woodward, James R. Tolbert, III, Dr. Kay Goebel, Anne Roberts, Beth Shortt and Stacy McDaniel (all from Oklahoma City) will be honored with awards at Visions: A Celebration of Nonprofit Leadership.

Marnie Taylor, president and chief executive officer of the Center for Nonprofits, called the men and women “Oklahoma’s finest,” and lauded their work in advocacy, service and leadership.

“This is a wonderful group of people to honor this year,” Taylor said. “We have Kevin Evans from Woodward who has dedicated his life to serving youth in crisis, community leaders Jim Tolbert and Kay Goebel who have put Oklahoma arts and human services in the spotlight, Beth Shortt who has created thousands of leaders in Oklahoma, as well as through decades of volunteerism and service with the Junior League, Anne Roberts who has dedicated her life to advocacy, and Stacy McDaniel who has made thousands of children’s dreams come true by ensuring they can participate in sports. The Center is very excited to celebrate the amazing work of these visionaries.”

The honorees at this year’s Visions Awards are Kevin Evans, executive director of the Western Plains Youth and Family Services Center in Woodward. He will receive the Pat Potts Visionary Award for his longtime service as their executive. James R. Tolbert, III and Dr. Kay Goebel will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards for their philanthropic and board leadership contributions in Oklahoma. Stacy McDaniel is the executive director of Cleats for Kids, a program serving Oklahoma youth needing sports equipment. She will receive the Rodney Bivens Innovation Award, named after the founder of the Regional Food Bank. Beth Shortt, longtime executive director of Leadership Oklahoma City and a longtime member of the Junior League, will receive the Center’s President’s Award. Finally, Anne Roberts, director of legislative affairs for INTEGRIS Health, adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University and chair of the Women’s Coalition will receive the Sarkeys Special Recognition Award for her achievements in nonprofit leadership, particularly advocacy.

The 2018 Visions Awards are held annually in Oklahoma City, with the 2018 celebration scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27. Steve and Beth Kerr, Edmond, will chair the event. For more information about the Visions Awards, sponsorships or tickets, visit okcnp.org or call the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits at (405) 463-6886.

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