Seven to celebrate
Tulsans are honored for their volunteerism and philanthropy.
AFP seeks to enable people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. This month, it will honor the following individuals and groups for their fundraising and volunteerism: Lucky Lamons; Tulsa Advocates for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (Executive Director John F. Gajda, pictured); Keith Boyd; Kayla Vaughn (and Scott Vaughn, not pictured); Hannibal B. Johnson; and Isaac Rocha.
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To celebrate National Philanthropy Day 2015, the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will recognize the following individuals and groups.
Outstanding Philanthropists: Scott and Kayla Vaughn
Honored for: Their community philanthropy and support of various causes, including the Child Abuse Network (Scott) and Emergency Infant Services (Kayla).
Scott is a member and past president of the CAN President’s Council. Kayla is in her fourth year on the EIS board. She served as development committee chairwoman and Kaleidoscope Ball patron chairwoman.
“As a mother I feel very strongly about the mission of Emergency Infant Services,” Kayla says. “No mom should have to worry about whether or not they can feed and diaper their child.”
Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Philanthropy (individual): Hannibal B. Johnson
Honored for: His passionate work on diversity and inclusion/cultural competence issues and nonprofit governance.
“My work in diversity and inclusion is something I find profoundly engaging and deeply fulfilling,” says the attorney, author and independent consultant.
Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Philanthropy (organization): Tulsa Advocates for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities Inc. (TARC)
Honored for: Advocacy and support of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
“This award honors the heritage of TARC embodied by the founders of the organization, who in 1952 recognized the desirability of diversity and fought for the rights of their children with disabilities to be included in the community,” says TARC Executive Director John F. Gajda. “As a staff member of TARC, continuing this commitment to inclusion and diversity each day gives me the satisfaction of fulfilling my personal vision of service to others.”
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Isaac Rocha
Honored for: His work with various nonprofits, including the Oklahoma State Chamber, the Tulsa Regional Chamber and Workforce Tulsa. He serves on the boards of all three organizations and on the advisory board of YWCA Tulsa.
“The nice thing about this recognition is that it enforces and validates my commitment to Oklahoma and wanting to make a more inclusive Oklahoma for all,” Rocha says. “I’m not a complainer. If there’s something you don’t like about a community or there’s something you are passionate about, it is important to follow it up with action.”
Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Lucky Lamons
Honored for: His leadership at The Foundation for Tulsa Schools. As president and CEO, Lamons has raised $9 million in just five years. He also serves on several community advisory boards.
“As a police officer for 21 years and a state representative for eight, I saw the effects of poverty on our community,” Lamons says. “The one constant factor of lifting people out of poverty is education. I saw an opportunity with The Foundation for Tulsa Schools to work with the second largest public school district in Oklahoma to really make an impact on 40,000 lives.”
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Keith Boyd
Honored for: Raising more than $140,000 for The Little Light House’s capital campaign by creating a lemonade stand in summer 2012.
Boyd, 11, is CEO of Keith’s Ice Cold Beverages. Born with nonverbal cerebral palsy, he attended LLH from birth to age 6, where he received assistance for the technology he uses to communicate.
Boyd and his parents now produce a private-label lemonade sold in Tulsa and northwest Arkansas. A portion of sales go to The Keith Boyd Foundation to support his mission of helping other children with special needs gain access to the tools they need to have a voice.
Nov. 6 — National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Luncheon 8:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st St. $75, luncheon ticket; $600, luncheon tables; conference tickets vary. Register online through Nov. 2 at www.afpeastok.afpnet.org.