Shining examples: Beacon Awards honor contributions to nonprofits

OGE Energy Corp., Crowe & Dunlevy, Delta Dental of Oklahoma, Goodyear, Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates PC and Eastman National Bank received the overall Beacon Awards Tuesday night at The Journal Record’s third annual tribute to area businesses and organizations for their contributions to the nonprofit community.

The six were selected from a group of two dozen finalists to receive the awards at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma and The Executive Service Corps of Central Oklahoma also received special recognition in the nonprofits helping nonprofits category. These nonprofits exist solely to contribute support to another nonprofit. In addition, the Oklahoma City Thunder received a special award at the event for the organization’s commitment to community involvement.

“We are proud to honor businesses that do so much to support the nonprofit agencies that serve the citizens of Oklahoma,” said Mary Mélon, publisher of The Journal Record. “When we chose the name for this program, we were drawn to the meaning of ‘beacon,’ which is defined as a person or a thing that illuminates or inspires,” she said. “All of this year’s winners are beacons of light for the millions of dollars they donate and the thousands of service hours they share – all for the sake of making our state a better place to live and work.”

Organizations were recognized in large, medium and small divisions for their contributions to the nonprofit community in two categories – charitable influence and philanthropic impact. The large business subcategory represents those with more than 500 employees. The medium subcategory represents businesses with 101 to 499 employees, while the small businesses have less than 100 employees.

Charitable influence

Organizations in the charitable influence category demonstrate a company culture that encourages and supports volunteerism, charitable giving and community involvement by its members. The Beacon Award winners in this category included Goodyear of Lawton from the large business subcategory, Oklahoma City-based Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates from the medium-sized division and Newkirk-based Eastman National Bank from the small business group of finalists.

Large business subcategory finalists also included:


• Chesapeake Energy Corp., Oklahoma City.


• ConocoPhillips, Ponca City.

• Devon Energy Corp., Oklahoma City.

Medium-size business finalists also included:

• Coppermark Bank, Oklahoma City.

• Deep Fork, Oklahoma City.

• Langston University, Langston.

• Tinker Federal Credit Union, Tinker Air Force Base.


Other small business finalists included:

• Cobb Engineering, Oklahoma City.

• Hyde and Company, Oklahoma City.

• InvesTrust, Oklahoma City.

• UMB Bank, Oklahoma City.

Philanthropic impact

Those recognized in the philanthropic impact categories have made a significant charitable contribution to a group or individual in need in the community. The Beacon Award winners in this category included OGE Energy Corp. in the large business division, Crowe & Dunlevy in the medium business division and Delta Dental of Oklahoma in the small business subcategory.

Large business subcategory finalists also included:

• The Chickasaw Nation, Ada.

Medium-size business finalists also included:

• Groendyke Transport Inc., Enid.

Small business finalists also included:

• Farmers Insurance, Oklahoma City.

• The Persimmon Group, Tulsa.

Each of the nonprofits along with the company finalists received an award and is featured in the Beacon Awards magazine inserted into this issue of The Journal Record. The overall winners in each category received a donation for the nonprofit they support. Nominations were accepted from across the state and honorees were selected by a panel of community leaders.

The event was presented by First Fidelity Bank and was sponsored by Cox Business Services and McAfee & Taft.

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