A grant from the O.K. Detrick Foundation fund brought a unique and enchanting addition to the Children’s Garden at the Myriad Gardens. The Storyteller Chair was handcrafted by Oklahoma City artist Don Narcomey and dedicated in the fall of 2013. Gail Kendall Beals, granddaughter of O.K. Detrick, recommended the grant in memory of her mother, the only child of Mr. Detrick and his wife Della. The plaque on the chair reads “In loving memory of Dorothy Detrick Kendall who found great joy in gardening, reading and children.” The chair is made from sections of Osage orange wood and it took the artist months to carve, fill, fit and finish the chair.
Gail Beals, right, assists artist Don Narcomey with the unveiling of the Storyteller Chair at the Children’s Garden at the Myriad Gardens in September 2013.[/caption]O.K. Detrick moved his family from Indiana to Okmulgee, Okla., in 1918. He was attracted to the area by the oil boom and through hard work and grit he became a successful independent oil operator. A kind, generous and thoughtful man, in his will Mr. Detrick set aside a group of oil properties to establish the O.K. Detrick Foundation, a private foundation that funded educational and charitable purposes. In 1978, Mr. Detrick’s family transferred the assets to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to establish the O.K. Detrick Foundation Fund, an advised fund through which his granddaughter continues the family’s legacy of giving back to the community.
“My grandfather was a true caretaker at heart who quietly helped many throughout his lifetime,” says Gail Beals. “Through vision and foresight, coupled with his deep sense of charity, he established a private family foundation in his will, so that his heirs could continue his legacy by making gifts to charitable purposes of their own choosing.”
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation Trustees recently awarded $76,000 in grants to five organizations. The grants are funding beautification projects as well as assisting with implementation of infrastructure to promote wellness activities.
The grants were funded through the Margaret Annis Boys Trust and the Parks & Public Space Initiative. The Margaret Annis Boys Trust is a permanent endowment fund established at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation in 1991 as a bequest from the estate of a long-time Oklahoma City educator. Who asked the fund be used to beautify public lands in Oklahoma County. Since its inception, the fund has supported in excess of $2 million in beautification grants to nearly 300 projects. The Parks & Public Space Initiative supports the development of existing parks to meet the health and recreational needs of citizens in Oklahoma County. The initiative works to identify program development and encourage private/public partnerships that will encourage the use of parks for recreation and wellness activities. Continue reading →
Jim C. Clark’s term ends, T. Scott Spradling joins board
Effective July 1, Tony Tyler assumed the leadership role for the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He succeeds Steven C. Davis, an attorney with Hartzog, Conger, Cason & Neville, who served as chairman for two years. Mr. Davis remains on the board as a Trustee.
First appointed as a Trustee in 2008, Mr. Tyler also serves on several advisory committees at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation including the executive committee, marketing and communications committee and the iFund Program grants review committee. Mr. Tyler is the vice president of Tyler Media and managing member of Tyler Signs and Outdoor Advertising. Tyler Media was founded in 1965 by Ralph Tyler and is still a local, family-owned business by his sons, Ty and Tony. Tyler Media consists of 12 radio stations, five television stations and an outdoor advertising company with more than 1,400 advertising displays in Oklahoma.
Mr. Tyler also serves as a director for The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma State Fair and Interstitial Cystitis Association. He is a lifetime board member of the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and Junior Billboard Association. Mr. Tyler is also the past chairman of Mount St. Mary High School board of trustees, past chairman of the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma and past chairman of several outdoor advertising associations. Continue reading →