Locals Named as Honorary Chair, Co-Chairs of Fifth Annual Celebrate Pink OKC

Oklahoma Project Woman announced Karen Luke as honorary chair and Kristi Leonard and Jane Webb as co-chairs for the fifth annual
Celebrate Pink OKC.
Honorary chair and breast cancer survivor Karen Luke is proud to join in support of Oklahoma Project Woman for its work across Oklahoma, particularly in rural areas. Karen is dedicated to strengthening breast cancer research and awareness in our state.

Leonard is a long-time supporter of Oklahoma Project Woman and former president of Junior League of Oklahoma City. She was drawn to Celebrate Pink OKC because of her passion for helping low-income individuals in Oklahoma.

Jane Webb, owner of CK & Co. in Nichols Hills Plaza, became involved with the event last year as the fashion show sponsor. She has a personal connection to the cause as a breast cancer survivor.

The Nov. 15 luncheon will be held at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club and will feature a fashion show by CK & Co.

Sponsorships range from $1,250 to $20,000. For tickets or sponsorship, contact Sammi Payne at 405.255.5579 or sammip@oklahomaprojectwoman.org, or visit OklahomaProjectWoman.org.

Heritage Trust Company Hires Bruce Carson as Relationship Manager

Heritage Trust Company hired Bruce Carson as a relationship manager. In his new role, Bruce will help develop the company’s farm and ranch business.

Bruce is a certified public accountant and has more than 25 years of experience in the accounting industry. Before joining Heritage, he owned a public accounting firm in Altus, where he specialized in farm and ranch clients. Bruce previously worked in operations accounting for Stilwell Foods in Stilwell and as an auditor for a public accounting firm in Ada.

“Bruce’s extensive expertise in the agriculture and accounting industries will be a tremendous asset to our firm and clients,” says Kevin Karpe, president of Heritage Trust. “Bruce will play an important role in our continued commitment to growing our farm and ranch management business. We’re excited to welcome him to the Heritage Trust team.”

Bruce received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from East Central University in Ada. He is a member of the Oklahoma Society of Public Accountants and is a director of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Duke.

Amazon to Employ 1,500 at New OKC Fulfillment Center

Amazon.com announced plans to open its first fulfillment center in Oklahoma, creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs by the end of 2019 in Oklahoma City.

“We’re excited to open our first fulfillment center in Oklahoma and in a city with an outstanding workforce and a commitment to providing great opportunities for employment,” says Mark Stewart, Amazon’s vice president of North America Customer Fulfillment. “Amazon is committed to creating a positive economic impact in Oklahoma City and enhancing the customer experience throughout the region.”

“A facility bringing more than 1,500 new jobs is a monumental announcement,” says Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. “This is a great day for Oklahoma City, and we’re thrilled to welcome Amazon’s investment in our community. It would not have been possible without the commitment the voters of Oklahoma City made last September to invest in economic development. I’m also thrilled to see this facility plant its flag in South OKC.”
The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City was also instrumental in bringing this project to Oklahoma.

Governor, Legislature Passes on Special Session to Implement SQ 788

Governor Mary Fallin said in June that the state legislature would not go into special session to decide how the state will proceed with developing rules and regulations to deal with implementing State Question 788, the medical marijuana ballot issue approved by Oklahoma voters in June.

“The Oklahoma State Department of Health has developed emergency rules that will ensure the health and safety of Oklahomans as well as being fair and balanced for the marijuana industry,” she says. “The Health Department has been working with other agencies the past several months to develop a medical and proper regulatory framework to make sure marijuana use is truly for valid medical reasons. The voters have spoken, and it’s important that our state has a responsible system up and running to meet the deadlines outlined in State Question 788. If circumstances develop that adjustments to the Health Department rules are necessary, those can be addressed when lawmakers return in regular session early next year.”

OKCMOA Adds Victorian Radicals, Van Gogh, Monet, Degas to Season

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will host Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement Oct. 13, 2018, through Jan. 6, 2019, and Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts June 22 through Sept. 22, 2019.

Victorian Radicals features 145 works of art representing the full spectrum of avant-garde practices during the Victorian period. Van Gogh, Monet, Degas includes more than 70 works by European masters such as Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau and Vincent Van Gogh.

For more information, visit OKCMOA.com

Oklahoma Wildlife Expo Set for September at Lazy E Arena

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Expo will be held Sept. 21 to 23 at the Lazy E Arena.

Presented by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and a coalition of conservation organizations, agencies and sponsors, the Expo celebrates Oklahoma’s natural diversity and opportunities for the sporting enthusiasts and newcomers. From camping and outdoor skills to shooting sports and fishing, from bird watching to kayaking, Expo visitors have an opportunity to try their hands at two days of fun in the outdoors.

For more information, visit WildlifeDepartmentExpo.com. Admission and all activities at the Expo are free.

American Banjo Museum Debuts ‘Philadelphia Mummers’

A new exhibit, Philadelphia Mummers – Struttin’ Their Stuff,  is now open at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City’s historic Bricktown district. Showcasing the music, history and flamboyant costumes that have been the trademarks of the Mummers for more than 100 years, this unique exhibit brings the spirit of New Year’s Day in Philadelphia to America’s heartland.

The Mummers Parade, held in Philadelphia on Jan. 1 each year since 1901, is recognized as the longest continuously running folk festival in America.

The American Banjo Museum partnered with Christian Vincent Lawlor, a longtime member of Philadelphia’s Fralinger String Band, in bringing this special chapter of banjo history to Oklahoma City. Philadelphia Mummers – Struttin’ Their Stuff runs through April 2019. For more information, visit AmericanBanjoMuseum.com.

Oklahoma Scores for ‘Best Places to Start a Business’

With new corporate tax reform recently signed into law, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States to Start a Business.
To determine the most fertile grounds for planting and growing new ventures, WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states across 25 key indicators of startup success. The dataset ranges from financing accessibility to the availability of human capital to office-space affordability.   
Oklahoma ranked third for cost of living, sixth for the average length of work week, 10th for labor costs, 11th for industry variety, 14th for office space affordability, 24th for average growth in the number of small businesses and 26th for the availability of human capital.

Rattlesnake Museum Opens in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City Rattlesnake Museum is now open, allowing visitors an intimate and safe experience with snakes of all sizes. Located at 1501 S. Agnew in the Stockyards District, the museum features rattlesnakes that are native to Oklahoma in 26 exhibits. Copperhead snakes and cottonmouths are also on display, though the crowd favorite is a 22-pound Eastern Diamondback, “Big Girl.”

Admission to the museum is free from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit Facebook.com/SnakeMuseumOKC.