An Advised Fund Grant Helps Create Storyteller’s Chair

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.
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.
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.”

Grants awarded for Parks Improvements and Wellness Activities

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.
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