Boys & Girls Club or Bartlesville, 2020 ONE Awards Finalist

Linh M. Sasser, Marketing Coordinator, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits (OKCNP) will host the 2020 Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards on Thursday, Augusts 27, 2020 (rescheduled from Friday, April 24, 2020). The event will now take place virtually. In the weeks leading up to the event, we are spotlighting the 21 finalists in seven categories.

Boys & Girls Club (Club) of Bartlesville is one of three finalists in the Youth category.

“I’ve been in this community for 30 years and have worked as a broadcast journalist, state representative and executive director of the Bartlesville Community Foundation,” said Mike Wilt, executive director, Bartlesville Community Foundation. “I have seen firsthand the life-changing impact the Boys & Girls Club has made on thousands of our area youth. It is truly one of the shining jewels among area nonprofits.”

The Club was incorporated in January 1954 and received their national charter in November of the same year as the Boys Club of Bartlesville. The Boys Club began when H.C. Price, along with other area business leaders, began to “provide guidance and worthwhile activities” to members of a Bible study and character building program in the home of Mildred Haupt, according to the Club’s website.

Their first year was underwritten by the Price Foundation, Phillips Petroleum, Cities Service, Masonic Lodge #284, National Zinc, Reda Pump and Tyler Foundation. Years later, Phillips and Price Foundation donated $75,000 each for the land to build the existing club location.

In 1968, H.E. “Ted” and Melody Lyon donated $100,000, allowing the club to double in size to 20,000 square feet. In 2010, the Lyon Foundation donated funds to add air conditioning to the gym.

Currently, the Club serves the mission “to enable our young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential,” through programs focusing on character and development, educational and career development, health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness and recreation.

“The Boys & Girls Club of Bartlesville provides an outstanding environment for my children,” said Kayla Artherton, Club parent. “The staff build a foundation that teaches life’s fundamentals and provides a safe and fun atmosphere.”

The Club works daily to “create a safe, fun environment so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life,” allowing Club members to focus on their vision of the future and staying on track to graduate high school with the Club’s “Formula for Impact.”

The Formula for Impact not only creates a safe, positive and fun environment, but also helps them develop supportive relationships with caring adults, offers them opportunities to have high expectations and recognizes them when they reach their achievements.

The Youth of the Year award, established in 1947, recognizes club members who “promote service to the Club, community and family, academic success, strong moral character, life goals, and poise and public speaking ability.”

“The Boys & Girls Club of Bartlesville has made me who I am today; a selfless citizen, a strong minded individual, and a responsible person,” said Kismet Okyere, Oklahoma Youth of the Year from 2017 and 2018. “I have had the chance to grow up in the Club, and come back to help others grow. My love for the Club is endless and I am forever grateful to call it my home away from home.”

To learn more about The Boys & Girls Club of Bartlesville, visit their website: https://bgcbville.org/

The Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards gala is dedicated to honoring the outstanding work of Oklahoma nonprofits statewide. The ONE Awards also serves as the primary fundraising event for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. Proceeds from the ONE Awards enable OKCNP to serve communities throughout Oklahoma.

To learn more about the 2020 ONE Awards or to purchase tickets, visit
https://www.OKCNP.org/connect/one-awards/

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