TulsaPeople recognizes 25 Tulsans who are making a difference in the community, giving time and talent to make Tulsa a better place.
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Hobbs, controller for Mesa Products Inc., has served as an advocate and volunteer for the work of Family & Children’s Services.
Nominated by Gail Lapidus, executive director and CEO, Family & Children’s Services:
“Patrick is a new but passionate supporter of the agency. Last December, he hosted a party for acquaintances, business associates and friends and asked his guests to bring unwrapped age-appropriate gifts for either 5-year-olds or 55-plus seniors. All gifts were contributed to the Holiday Assistance Program at Family & Children’s Services. Several hundred gifts were collected, plus monetary donations totaling nearly $300.
“Mesa Products, Hobbs’ employer, is also a longtime supporter of Family & Children’s Services’ Holiday Assistance Program. They adopt three families each year. Their contributions make the holidays brighter for children and adults in need.
“Patrick is our new goodwill ambassador, spreading the word about the life-changing work we do every day at Family & Children’s Services to his friends, family and business associates.”
Watt, medical-legal partnership attorney with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc., has served in a variety of roles for the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice.
Nominated by Nancy Day, executive director, Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice:
“Adrienne Watt holds a singular position in the history of our organization — beginning as an Anytown delegate at our first camp in 1994, then office intern, Anytown counselor and adviser, staffer in the Cleveland NCCJ office, OCCJ board member and officer, and now chairman of the National Federation for Just Communities — and all before the age of 35!
“It has been my great joy and privilege to know and work with Adrienne for the past 17 years. I can think of no one who has given more of their heart, soul and keen mind to our mission.”
Lieberman founded the nonprofit organization Tulsa Route 66 Marathon Inc., the governing body of the Williams Route 66 Marathon and the Williams Route 66 Quarter Marathon.
Nominated by Kristin Ware, board member, Tulsa Route 66 Marathon Inc.:
“Chris founded the marathon after committing himself to a healthy lifestyle and training and completing marathons himself. He realized the impact running and marathon training could have on an individual’s health and the impact a world-class running event could have on a city.
“Chris called on Trani Matthews, owner of Tulsa Runner, and veteran runner Jack Wing for their help in organizing a marathon in Tulsa, and (they) were soon joined by Tim and Lori Dreiling, owners of Fleet Feet Tulsa. The Route 66 Marathon made its inaugural debut in November 2006 with the slogan, ‘Let our first marathon be your first marathon.’ The event attracted approximately 3,000 participants in marathon, half marathon and relay race events.
“Today, the Williams Route 66 Marathon attracts runners from all across the country and several countries. More than 12,000 participants are expected in this year’s family of events, and the expected economic impact is $7 million.
“ … Chris performs all of these duties on the side of running his own company, Vertex Technologies.”