Contact:  Andi Holland, Director
(580) 237-1902

Date:   February 17, 2012                    

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center Chosen as Finalist for Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center has been selected as a finalist for the Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards in the Arts & Humanities category.

The fifth annual ONE Awards, sponsored by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, will take place at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, on April 14, 2012. The event serves to honor and recognize some of the best nonprofits in the state.

“Chosen as a Finalist for the 2012 One Awards represents a well-earned pat-on-the-back for a job well-done for the Heritage Center staff, volunteers, and contributors whose hard work and dedication have made the Center an integral part of the fabric of our Northwest Oklahoma Community,” Dr. David Russell, Chairman of the Board.

Out of over 65 organizations nominated for this year’s awards, only 24 were named finalists. 

Awards are presented to a winner and two finalists in each of the following nine categories:
• Arts & Humanities
• Community
• Education
• Health Services
• Self-Sufficiency
• Seniors
• Sports & Recreation
• Youth Development

The winners in each category are awarded $7,500, and two finalists in each category receive $5,000.  At the conclusion of the program, one nonprofit is selected as the overall winner and receives $10,000 for its organization.  A total of almost $150,000 will be awarded to nonprofits that evening.

“Being selected a ONE Awards finalist places the Heritage Center among elite organizations.  It is an honor that will certainly raise awareness of the Heritage Center throughout the state,” Andi Holland, Director. 

“The finalists are selected for recognition on the basis of standards of excellence,” said J. Jerry Dickman, Chairman of the ONE Awards Selection Commission. “They represent some of the best nonprofits in Oklahoma.”
J. Jerry Dickman, Chairman of the ONE Awards Selection Commission

The commission, chaired by J. Jerry Dickman of Tulsa, includes Michael Cawley, Ardmore; Nance Diamond, Shawnee; Frederick Drummond, Pawhuska; Ken Fergeson, Altus; R.H. Harbaugh, Tulsa; Kim Henry, Oklahoma City; David Hogan, Tulsa; Phil Lakin, Tulsa; Frank Merrick, Oklahoma City; Polly Nichols, Oklahoma City; and the Rev. George Young, Oklahoma City.

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Inc. is a 501 c3 organization created through a partnership of community organizations and the Oklahoma Historical Society to transform a small museum in Enid into the first regional heritage center in the state.   The organization led a successful $10 million capital and endowment campaign resulting in a magnificent 24,000 sq. ft. facility.  The new Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, proudly tells the story of the 1893 Cherokee Strip Land Run and the settling and development of northwest Oklahoma.  The Heritage Center features five state-of-the-art exhibit galleries, a temporary exhibit gallery, a living history village, engaging programs and special events and a Smithsonian-quality experience for visitors.  The organization oversees daily operations and revenue streams of the Heritage Center, supervises operational staff and serves as an advisory board to the Oklahoma Historical Society.  The Oklahoma Historical Society owns and maintains the building and grounds and staffs the facility with museum professionals.

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