(October 26, 2004) – The Oklahoma City Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns honored metropolitan area citizens who have overcome disabilities and helped others do the same.
The 2004 award winners were announced at the Mayor’s Committee Annual Awards Luncheon.
The outstanding Oklahomans being honored are:
George B. Lewis Advocacy Award
The outstanding disabled Oklahoma Citian for 2004 is Roena Greuel, an analyst at Tinker Air Force Base. Roena is an above the knee amputee as the result of a car accident at age three. She earned a Master Degree at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The mother of two was Tinker’s Air Logistics Center 2003 Civilian Rookie of the Year, and volunteers with numerous civic and amputee groups.
Employer of the Year
Precision Fitting and Gauge Company based in Oklahoma is the employer of the year. Precision was nominated by Oklahoma City employee Michael Graves. After being severely injured by a drunk driver, Michael was retrained by Precision where he continues to work as Shipping and Receiving Clerk.
Public Personnel Employee Award
Tinker Air Force Base Program Analyst Patty Wilson is the 2004 Public Personnel Employee Award winner. Patty serves as an interpreter for the hearing-impaired at Tinker and as advisor to the base Disability Awareness Committee. Patty volunteers for numerous civic groups.
The 2004 Media Award goes to The Oklahoman for numerous news stories, columns and editorials that enhanced the lives of people with disabilities. Special recognition is given to Columnist Ann DeFrange and City Reporter Bryan Dean. The paper is cited for almost daily articles about and for people with disabilities.
Two special awards were presented. They honor:
The Sports Group of Oklahoma City. The non-profit organization hosts quality sports programs for athletes with disabilities. The firm founded the international Hanger Endeavor Games. It hosts an amputee golf tournament and the Adaptive Baseball League of Edmond. Former TV sportscaster Robbie Robertson is CEO.
A second Special Award salutes Overall Ford of Jones and an anonymous donor. They are honored for donating a car to Maria Tweedy when her car broke down. Maria lost both legs and an arm to meningitis. She drives her car with adaptive equipment and plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma after she graduates from Choctaw High School.
Mayor's Committee on Disability Concerns Member of the Year
Shirley Tabor is the chair of the Awards Committee of the Mayor’s Committee. She previously served as Secretary/Treasurer. Before retirement, Shirley represented OG&E and the Boeing Company on the Mayor’s Committee. She serves on a number of other civic and church groups, and cites her family as her blessing.
2004 Poster Contest Winners
Each year the Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns sponsors a Poster contest for High School students in the metropolitan area. The theme of this year’s contest is "Abilities, Not Disabilities." The winning posters will be displayed in the Oklahoma City area in 2005. All cash prizes are donated by the MidAmerica Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
First Place: Tamara Lane, an 11th grade student at Dibble High School. Teacher, Ms. Sharon Shoemaker. Prize: $500 from the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Second Place: Tara Placker, a 10th grade student at Northwest Classen High School. Teacher, Mr. Ray Dixon. Prize: $300 from the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Third Place: Israel Estrada, an 11th grade student at Western Heights High School. Teacher, Ms. Rebecca Courtney. Prize $200 from the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Awards and plaques for the ceremony were donated by Midwest Trophy Manufacturing Company of Oklahoma City.
More information about the committee may be found here.