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Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon

The Distinguished Service Awards recognize businesses, organizations and individuals that have helped improve the beauty and environmental health of Oklahoma City. Award recipients will be honored on March 28, 2024 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. 

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Receiving the Mayor’s Award are Hans and Torrey Butzer for their visionary architectural designs that have shaped many of Oklahoma City’s landmarks and buildings. Designs of note include the Oklahoma City National Memorial, Skydance Bridge, SLIVR Coworking Space, Scissortail Park Pavilions, as well as several works internationally.


Receiving the Community Spirit award is the Plaza Walls, a program of the Oklahoma Mural Syndicate. The Plaza Walls is an outdoor mural gallery, rotating new murals each year. Located in the Plaza District, this project brings together dozens of muralists each year to add their creativity to walls throughout the Plaza District.


Sharon Reeves is one of this year's Volunteer Spirit Award recipients. She is a long-time Crown Heights resident and has dedicated much of her time to caring for Crown Heights Park and the medians throughout the neighborhood. Efforts include maintenance and landscape improvements to public spaces.


BancFirst is the recipient of the Aubrey McClendon Corporate Award. They are being recognized for their revitalization of the BancFirst tower, an inside and outside transformation of the 36-floor office tower originally constructed in 1971. This revitalization effort was transformational for the Oklahoma City skyline.


The Visionary Award recipient is Fertile Ground, for their more than 12 years as a composting and recycling cooperative in Oklahoma City. Their services keep sustainability centered, with zero waste event management, recycling, and composting services offered to residents and commercial entities.


Melody Johnson is being recognized with the Pendleton Woods Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades-long career at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), where she serves as Beautification Coordinator. Johnson has been an ODOT staff member for more than 50 years and runs multiple beautification programs including the highway wildflower disbursement, litter abatement, and the annual trash poster contest.


JB Schuelein is one of this year's Volunteer Spirit Award recipients. JB is a resident and volunteer of the Mesta Park neighborhood and has organized volunteer groups for decades to help care for Mesta Park. His efforts have included art installations, landscape improvements, and more.


Receiving the President’s Special Recognition Award is Solarize OKC, an initiative championed by the City of Oklahoma City Sustainability Office. This program was a crowdsource campaign to make solar infrastructure more accessible to residents and businesses through bulk purchasing. 

Thank you to our supporters!

Presenting Sponsors: Chickasaw Nation & Rick & Lerri Cooper
Landscaper Sponsor: American Fidelity
Recycler Sponsors: Cynthia & Jerry Brindley, Jean McLaughlin, Katie McClendon, Total Environment

Educator Sponsors: Ann Lacy Foundation, AT&T, Linda & Steve Slawson, BancFirst & BancFirst Trust, Squared Away Lawns, Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation, OAK

Adopter Sponsors: Cedar’s Group LLC, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, Mary Durbin, Jean I. Everest Foundation, Love Meyer Family Foundation, Lynn Institute, Mesta Park Association, OG&E, Oklahoma Natural Gas, Remington Park, Steptoe & Johnson,Tom and Judy Love Foundation, Urban Lawn & Landscape, Hardy & Kari Watkins

Gardener Sponsors: Crowe & Dunlevy, Gib & Aulena Gibson, Tim Larason, Jeanette Nance / Rambling Wood Event Consulting & Management, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Waste Connections, Waste Management, WEOKIE

Wildflower Sponsors: Janie Comstock, Daystar Foundation & Library, Pam Felactu, Megan & Peter Hann, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, The Kerr Foundation, Karen Luke, Brian & Charlotte Mitchell, Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Pat Potts, Lisa Price, John Roberrson, Meg Salyer, Lisa B. Synar, Tom Johnson Investment Management / Richard Parry, Anne Workman

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