Celebrating 70 Years
The Oklahoma Bar Foundation officially turns 70 this September, but the organization isn’t being shy about celebrating such a milestone a little bit early! A commemorative event is in the works for April 8 at Parkhouse in OKC’s Myriad Botanical Gardens. The event will honor past presidents, thank donors, highlight grantees and simply be a celebration of the Foundation’s history and the new direction of the organization.
In September of 1946, OBA Executive Secretary John G. Hervey announced the creation of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation with this statement:
“Our primary purpose is to improve the administration of justice, to advance the general welfare of the constituent members and to conserve the interest of clients and of the public. The Oklahoma Bar Foundation will, therefore, be devoted to these ends. Each lawyer is urged to give their support and cooperation. Announcement of initial plans will be made in the Journal in the near future. The glories of the possibilities are ours if we will but realize them.”
The Foundation has since lived up the mission set forth by the founders of the organization. In 2015 the Foundation exceeded $12 Million in grants given to law-related charities, court improvement projects and law school scholarships.
“It is an honor to serve as OBF President during this historic year that marks seven decades of service and support to the statewide legal community and the Oklahoma citizens that benefit so greatly through the fine efforts of our grantees,” says Judge Mille Otey, 2016 OBF Board President.
“The glories of possibilities” took another leap last year as the Foundation began instituting major changes including a new logo, tagline and more concerted fundraising and communications efforts.
“There will be a lot to celebrate at this event,” says OBF Executive Director Renee DeMoss, “and we invite all the members of the Foundation to join us.”
The theme of the event is Silver & White representing both the history (silver) and the future (white) of the Foundation. Guests will be encouraged to incorporate silver and white into their party clothes. The event will include dinner, drinks, live entertainment, photo booth and exciting giveaways.
“This event is different than anything we have done in the past”, says Event Chair Jennifer Castillo, “we want everyone who supports the Foundation in attendance for a fun night!”
Tickets are on sale now! You can register & buy tickets for the event at www.okbarfoundation.org/event-registration/