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Page Amis Beatty, Terri L. White Named Compassionate Citizens of the Year

Page Amis Beatty, Terri L. White Named Compassionate Citizens of the Year

Awards to be presented at June 8 event OKLAHOMA CITY, MAY 22, 2017 – Two metro-Oklahoma City women, Page Amis Beatty and Terri L. White, MSW, will each receive a Compassionate Citizen of the Year Award from Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled, Inc. (“OKFD”), central Oklahoma’s largest provider of day health services to adults with developmental disabilities. Beatty and White are being recognized for their many contributions toward helping others overcome challenges and improve their lives. They will receive their awards on Thursday, June 8 on the OKFD campus. Page Amis Beatty founded Impact Oklahoma in 2004. Since its founding, the nonprofit women philanthropists’ organization has donated $2.6 million to area charities. Each Impact Oklahoma member donates at least $1,000 annually, and the funds are pooled and then distributed in several $100,000 (or smaller) grants to organizations that Impact Oklahoma members have personally visited with and then voted on. Reflecting on the organization she founded, Beatty states: “I love the fact that I can write my check for $1,000 and it turns into $100,000 that can literally take one of our local nonprofits to the next level.” Beatty has also served as Impact Oklahoma’s president and its membership chair. Terri L. White, MSW, has served as the commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) since 2007. She oversees a budget of nearly $400 million and a workforce of 1,800. During her tenure, ODMHSAS has become nationally known for its children’s behavioral health services; community-based treatment programs; technological innovations such as “tele-psychiatry;” and the integration of behavioral health care into primary healthcare settings.... read more
Tricia Everest & Debby Hampton Named Compassionate Citizens of the Year

Tricia Everest & Debby Hampton Named Compassionate Citizens of the Year

Local civic leaders Tricia Everest and Debby Hampton will receive Compassionate Citizen of the Year Awards from Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled, Inc. (“OKFD”) on Thursday, June 9. Everest, a local attorney with ties to numerous nonprofit organizations that range from social services to the arts and from education to healthcare, and Hampton, the current president and chief executive officer of United Way of Central Oklahoma, are being recognized for their many years of dedicated and selfless service to others in the community. Everest, who once served as an assistant attorney general for the state of Oklahoma, currently serves as president of the Family Justice Center in Oklahoma City, advisory board chairman for the Inasmuch Foundation, director of Oklahoma Lawyers for Children and chair-elect of YMCA. She also serves as chair-elect of Allied Arts and is on the Casady High School board of visitors and an Oklahoma City University trustee. “Tricia Everest has been an integral part of every major civic achievement in this community over the last two decades,” states Mike Turpen, a local attorney and active nonprofit volunteer. “She leads by example. And she is a humble leader who believes that you can change the world if you don’t care who gets the credit.” Hampton assumed her current United Way position in 2010. During her tenure, nearly $130 million has been raised to support disaster relief and programs of nonprofit partner agencies. Before Hampton’s United Way appointment, she served for four years as president and chief executive officer of Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits and 16 years with American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, serving the latter four... read more
Board Room Named After Member

Board Room Named After Member

Connie Weber, former OKFD board president and current director, was honored by her fellow board members, when the board room was named in her honor during their November meeting. read more
Cox Charities Grants $5,000 to OKFD

Cox Charities Grants $5,000 to OKFD

OKFD client Robin Rezanour (center) flanked by her mother Irma Rezanour and OKFD executive director Georgia Devening are grateful recipients of a Cox Charities grant of $5,000 in support of Foundation FunNite! (photo courtesy of Cox... read more
Donna Nigh Receives Compassionate Citizen of the Year Award

Donna Nigh Receives Compassionate Citizen of the Year Award

Former Oklahoma first lady Donna Nigh received the Compassionate Citizen of the Year Award on Thursday, June 4 at 10 a.m. in the OKFD Impact Oklahoma Recreation Center on our campus. The award was established in celebration of OKFD’s 55th anniversary this year, and Mrs. Nigh was selected as its first recipient. More than 100 guests participated in the morning event, which featured remarks from Connie Weber, Georgia Devening, Kathleen Kaufman, Sherri Habrock Hays, Cher Golding and Parrish Whitaker. City, county and state representatives read proclamations that designated June 4, 2015 as Donna Nigh Foundation Appreciation Day and Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled Appreciation Day, respectively. OKFD clients also participated, with Marie Habrock presenting flowers to Mrs. Nigh, and the OKFD Tappers dance group performing for the audience. “Donna Nigh gives voice to thousands of disabled persons and their families through her efforts to shed light on a segment of our population that goes largely unnoticed,” states Georgia Devening, OKFD executive director. “Our cause needs more advocates like Mrs. Nigh.” Event sponsors included: BancFirst Edwin D. Crane, LLC / Fundraising Counsel Estate Sales and Liquidations, Inc. Guernsey – Engineers/Architects/Consultants Holmes, Holmes & Neisent, PLLC Kendra Scott Design MidFirst... read more
OK State Leaders Visit OKFD

OK State Leaders Visit OKFD

(Clockwise from bottom) Director Ed Lake, Mary Brinkley, Connie Weber, Catherine Denwalt-Graham, State Rep. Jason Nelson and Georgia Devening read more
Junior League of Oklahoma City Makes Gift

Junior League of Oklahoma City Makes Gift

OKFD board member Dr. Candie McKee (left center) and OKFD executive director Georgia Devening (right center) accept a donation from Junior League of Oklahoma City leaders for the purchase of two wheelchair swings. read more
Cox Charities Donates $5,000

Cox Charities Donates $5,000

(left to right) Cox SVP and general manager Percy Kirk, OKFD board vice president Parrish Whitaker, OKFD executive director Georgia Devening, OKFD board member and Cox Communications employee Mike Reider and Cox VP finance Marcia Sauzek read more

OKFD Named 2014 Festival of Hope Award Recipient

OKFD was named a 2014 Festival of Hope Award Recipient by HeartLine, Oklahoma’s Community Crisis Connection. The award was presented to OKFD Executive Director Georgia Devening and two other award recipients on August 15 at a gala dinner and auction at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma... read more

Deaf therapy dog provides love to sick, disabled in OK

Owner Billy Thomas takes his second therapy dog, Whiskey, to interact with clients at several Oklahoma City-area organizations dedicated to children and adults with disabilities and illnesses. Click here to read The Oklahoman news article in PDF... read more
OKFD Faces Newsletter / Fall 2013

OKFD Faces Newsletter / Fall 2013

The holidays can be a humdrum time for some adults, but not our clients. They are excited and love every color, sound, story and image that you and I associate with these special occasions. Click here to read the entire... read more
OKFD Faces Newsletter / Summer 2013

OKFD Faces Newsletter / Summer 2013

I do not know if the television show Family Feud is still on the air, but it’s famous “And the survey says” will forever be in our popular culture lexicon. Click here to read the entire... read more
OKFD Faces Newsletter / Spring 2013

OKFD Faces Newsletter / Spring 2013

When you think of autism, do you think of children? That’s normal, considering that the publicity surrounding the disorder is overwhelmingly focused on kids and families affected by autism. Click here to read the entire... read more
OKFD Faces Newsletter / Winter 2012

OKFD Faces Newsletter / Winter 2012

Nita has been coming to OKFD for 42 years, which is longer than any other client. She requires total care. In fact, Nita has never sat by herself in her entire life. As you might imagine, she needs hands-on assistance with eating and taking care of her individual hygiene needs. Click here to read the entire... read more

OKFD provides opportunities

NewsOK.com The Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled was founded 52 years ago and serves about 100 clients from central Oklahoma. By Matt Patterson | Published: October …read more… Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled provides opportunities,... read more
OKFD Faces Newsletter / Fall 2012

OKFD Faces Newsletter / Fall 2012

Our Impact Oklahoma Recreation Center is a lot brighter these days. Painter Brian Palmerrecently decorated the center’s two main activity rooms with giant graphic images depicting different sports. Click here to read the entire... read more
OKFD Faces Newsletter / Spring 2012

OKFD Faces Newsletter / Spring 2012

If it’s Thursday, it must be Foundation FunNite!,the only program of its kind in central Oklahoma, where adults with disabilities can gather weekly for an evening of fun,food, dancing, friendship, music, exercise and games. Click here to read the entire... read more
OKFD Faces Newsletter / Winter 2011

OKFD Faces Newsletter / Winter 2011

Have you seen one of our freshly-lettered OKFD vans and buses crisscrossing central Oklahoma recently? Were there lots of happy faces looking back at you through the windows? We hope so, as our clients love the transportation service we provide, and the freedom it gives them to attend OKFD programs at our headquarters facility, and to go on field trips throughout the week. Click here to read the entire... read more
OKFD Faces Newsletter / Summer 2011

OKFD Faces Newsletter / Summer 2011

Client scholarships help bridge the financial big gap that occurs when state funding falls short of the actual cost of the programs and services we provide.Scholarship funding is particularly important this year, as the state has cut our reimbursement for services by $10,000, and the cost of fuel for our buses and vans remains high. Click here to read the entire... read more
OKFD Faces Newsletter / Spring 2011

OKFD Faces Newsletter / Spring 2011

As executive director, Georgia Devening is the leading advocate for the services provided by OKFD. Her special passion for the organization’s clients started in the late 90’s when her brother, Gary Owen, enrolled as a client. Together, Georgia and Gary have witnessed and been part of many changes at OKFD, and they have both grown as individuals who have a special commitment to the organization and its clients. Click here to read the entire... read more
OKFD Faces Newsletter / Winter 2010

OKFD Faces Newsletter / Winter 2010

As we near the end of our 50th anniversary year, we feel emboldened by all that we have accomplished as a social services organization in 2010. We have enjoyed reconnecting with former volunteer leaders and clients, welcoming several new board members and starting construction on our recreation center. Click here to read the entire... read more
OKFD Faces Newsletter / Fall 2010

OKFD Faces Newsletter / Fall 2010

Welcome to the first edition of OKFD Faces This publication is just in time to help us commemorate the 50th anniversary of our founding this year, a special milestone that allows us to recognize those individuals and organizations who helped establish Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled in 1960, those who nurtured it for five decades and those who are working with us today.To each and every one of you:“Many thanks.” Click here to read the entire... read more

Small wins mark group’s successes

He never joined his family at the dinner table. Like many developmentally disabled adults, Marcey “Scooter” Mahsetky had lived for years without a job, a place to go during the day and a desire to share meal time with others. Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled marks small successes as huge... read more

Executive Director featured in The Oklahoman

The Oklahoman– Helping those who can’t help themselves BY GEORGIA DEVENING, published: May 16, 2010 Our state leaders are facing some tough budget-balancing decisions. We hear that budget cuts to state-funded programs are inevitable. This is troubling news to those of us who rely heavily on state support to fund our programs. We worry about how budget cuts will impact the lives of our clients and their caregivers. Because there is so much public attention now being paid to the state’s budget crisis, we think it is an excellent time to let legislators and taxpayers alike know more about what our organization does, thank them for their current contributions and make them aware of how their contributions are being used. The Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled was founded in 1960; we are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year. We are a not-for-profit organization and are licensed to provide adult day health services for 96 developmentally disabled adults. The average age of our clients is 40 and the mental age range is from 3 months to 13 years. Many of our clients have severe functional impairments and require hands-on and experienced staff care for tasks that include toileting, tube feeding, diaper changing, ostomy and catheter care and medications oversight. To manage these special needs we maintain a very low staff-client ratio. Simply put, we work with individuals other organizations cannot or will not take. While our clients have many different physical and mental limitations, we encourage each one to take part in activities that stimulate the body and the mind — including dancing, singing, bowling and scouting. We take field... read more