OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits announced today that the fourth annual Visions event will honor A. Jaye Johnson with Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County; Tim McLaughlin of Fields and Futures; philanthropist and community leader Ken Fergeson of NBC Oklahoma; and Albert Gray, CEO of The Children’s Center.
Visions: A Celebration of Nonprofit Leadership is scheduled for Nov. 18 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.
“Visions is a time to show our appreciation for nonprofit leaders that have not waited for others to address the needs of our community,” Marnie Taylor, President and CEO of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits said. “We are elated to celebrate these four men as visionary leaders who have impacted our state and selflessly devoted their time and resources to serving others.”
Visions began in 2011 to honor the Center’s founder, Pat Potts, and her husband Ray. In 2012, the Center expanded the awards to include a Visionary Impact Leader Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year, the Center will honor four visionary nonprofit leaders, including the Special Recognition Award sponsored by Sarkeys Foundation for A. Jaye Johnson, unit director, with Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County. Johnson has been with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County for 12 years and has been with the Club since it was just a small community center building in the middle of Memorial Park. His vision for the Club is to be viewed as the premier destination for kids, thriving on the philosophy to give the kids the same support and encouragement he received while growing up.
Tim McLaughlin with Fields and Futures will be presented with the Visionary Impact Award for his work giving back to the community. McLaughlin is an avid sports fan with a big heart and dream to deliver a brighter future for Oklahoma kids. His “field of dreams” was to ignite passion and to focus on changing young lives in Oklahoma City by changing the condition of athletic fields through the efforts of Fields and Futures.
Ken Fergeson, major contributor to the Oklahoma banking industry, community leader and philanthropist, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in Altus and across the state. Fergeson is the Chairman of NBC Oklahoma in Altus and has served on numerous boards and councils at local, state and national levels in both the banking arena and the arts.
Finally, Albert Gray the Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Center, will receive the Pat Potts Visionary Award. Gray has been with The Children’s Center for over 30 years where he transformed the private nonprofit to a leading healthcare provider for children with disabilities. He has aided in the growth of The Children’s Center to become a state-of-the-art pediatric hospital that serves more than 370 inpatients and 1,530 outpatients each year.
For more information about sponsoring or attending the Visions event, visit the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits’ website at www.okcnp.org or call (405) 463-6886.