A recent grant from the Clyde J. Albright Fund has provided protective vests for two police dogs in Oklahoma. The grant was made to Vested Interest in K9s, a nonprofit organization that since 2009 has provided more than 1,200 protective vests to dogs in law enforcement. Recommending the grant was Leah Beale. Mrs. Beale established the advised fund in 2004 in honor of her late father.
Receiving the bullet and stab protective vests were Terry, a seven-year-old female German Shepard and Con, a seven-year-old male German Shepard. Terry is a certified K9 officer who came to the Comanche, Okla., police department through the Military Working Dog Program at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Terry is CLEET certified in narcotics and also trained for patrol operations. Terry’s partner is Officer Justin Harkins.
Con is a dual-purpose officer as he is a patrol and narcotics dog. He was donated to the Geary, Okla., police department by the America-K9 organization. He and his partner Cpl. Cecil Harrall attended a four-week training course in 2013 and received certification through the state of Oklahoma as a Canine Detector Team.
We are excited to announce a partnership with the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. Together we are promoting OK5210, an awareness effort that encourages adopting four principles to live a healthy life. Read more about it here.
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.”