Osage County Historical Society Museum nominated for award

Mike Erwinmerwin@examiner-enterprise.com

Osage County Historical Society Museum has been named as one of the 2016 finalists for an Excellence ONE Award presented by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

The ninth-annual awards event will take place April 9 at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa. Nominated nonprofits from across the state are honored for a wide variety of outstanding work designed to change their respective communities for the better by improving lives.

“Finalists are recognized not merely for their efforts to better their community, but for the quality of the process toward those efforts,” said David Hogan, chairman of the ONE Awards Selection Commission.

“These are nonprofits with not just big hearts, but great methods as well,” Hogan added.

The awards were originally established in 2008 to draw attention to nonprofit organizations employing tenets of excellence in their every-day operations. Since its inception, the program has granted more than one million dollars to exceptional Oklahoma Nonprofits.

Each of the finalist organizations — including Pawhuska’s OCHS Museum — is to receive a cash award of at least $5,000. Among the other honored nonprofit organizations are: the Arts & Humanities Council, Bartlesville’s OK Mozart International Music Festival and the Oklahoma City Ballet.

Community award nominees will include Main Street Altus, Beautiful Day Foundation of Duncan the United Way of Central Oklahoma. The four Education honorees include Paths To Independence of Bartlesville. One of the Health Services nominees is Grand Lake Mental Health Service, Inc. of Nowata. Self-Sufficiency, Seniors and Youth Services awards also will be handed out.

Winners in each category are to receive $7,500, and two finalists in each category will receive $5,000 each. At the conclusion of the program, one from among the nonprofits is selected as the overall winner and receives $10,000 for its organization. By the end of the evening, almost $150,000 will have been awarded to the nonprofits.

This year’s 24 finalists were selected from nearly 70 nominated organizations.

The ONE Awards Selection Commission is comprised of prestigious community leaders from across Oklahoma. In order to determine the ONE Award finalists, commissioners meet annually in different parts of the state. This helps to expand their awareness of the charitable work going on in different communities.

To purchase tickets (or to learn about 2016 sponsorships), call 1-800-338-1798 or visit the okcnp.org website.