The 2016 paragon award winners

Steve Alter, Class 9, nominated by The Tristesse Grief Center

Bruce Dart, Class 48, nominated by Tulsa CASA

Ginger Holley Kollmann, Class 42, nominated by the Parent Child Center of Tulsa

star award winners

Carol Axley, Class 21 – nominated by Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice
Yvonne Davis, Class 48 – nominated by Hope Outreach Center of Sapulpa
Samanthia Marshall, Class 43 – nominated byThe Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges
Meredith McDaris, Class 54 – nominated byThe Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges
Tom McPherson, Class 42 – nominated by The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges
Steven Nell, Class 31 – nominated by Community Service Council
Rachel Zebrowski, Class 10 – nominated by KIPP Tulsa

Event Details

 6:00 p.m. Reception – Complimentary Wine & Hors d’oeuvres
7:00 p.m. Paragon Awards Presentation

Emcee: Phil Lakin, Class 27

Dress: Business Casual

Thank you to our sponsors

Bank of Oklahoma
Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Newton, O’Connor, Turner & Ketchum
Propeller Communications
Public Service Company of Oklahoma


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What is the Paragon awards event all about?

Leadership Tulsa members are everywhere in our community, faithfully serving and building Tulsa’s Social Capital—a valuable resourceThey are serving on over 250 local boards, working alongside these agencies, helping them to fulfill their missions.  Each year, Leadership Tulsa recognizes and honors these exemplary volunteers for the outstanding leadership and commitment they provide to our local non-profit organizations and the Tulsa community.  Nominations are submitted by the agencies then reviewed by a panel of experienced community leaders, against set criteria.  Out of all the nominations received, three winners are identified and they will receive a beautiful, engraved trophy. A $3,000 check will also be awarded to the nominating agencies.  Because it’s such a high honor to be nominated for a Paragon Award, each nominee is identified as a Star Award Winner and receives an engraved star.  The awards are presented at our annual Paragon Awards Event.  This event showcases the mission of Leadership Tulsa in a real and tangible way.  You will be able to see and hear about people who are making a difference, as we honor the distinguished service of these Leadership Tulsa members.

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The Herald Givens Heart of LT Award

A very special award was instituted and presented in 2014.  This award is to be given, from time to time, by resolution of the Leadership Tulsa Executive Committee and will honor those individuals who through exemplary service, have demonstrated the Heart of LT and the tenants of servant leadership through their service to the LT community.  The award is named after the late Herald Givens and was presented to him in 2014.  Click here to see the video created in Herald’s honor.