Ric and Jennie Penner, 2019 Aspire Award Recipients
ASPIRE AWARD 2019 Recipients
Sunbeam Family Services has named Jennie and Ric Penner as its 2019 Aspire Award recipients. The Aspire Award is presented annually by Sunbeam to Oklahomans who have made significant contributions to support the nonprofit’s mission of providing people of all ages with help, hope, and the opportunity to succeed through Early Childhood, Foster Care, Counseling and Senior Services programs.
“Jennie has been a member and past president of the Friends of Sunbeam, the nonprofit’s auxiliary volunteer group, and has served as liaison to the Emerson Alternative High school’s Childcare facility,” said Jim Priest, chief executive officer of Sunbeam. “Each year, Ric plays the role of Easter Bunny at our annual Foster Care Easter Party. Jennie and Ric are generous donors, volunteers and advocates for Sunbeam. They are truly an inspiration.”
Previous Aspire Award winners include: Ray Bitsche, Patrick and Barbara Hill, Ray and Pat Potts and Sandy Trudgeon.
Winners of the Aspire Award are selected by a committee based on their level of service to Sunbeam in support of the nonprofit’s mission.
“At the annual Shine a Light gala, we will celebrate accomplishments of the past and cast vision for the future of Sunbeam Family Services while shining a light on how the community can help Sunbeam serve Oklahoma’s vulnerable children, families and seniors,” said Priest.
ASPIRE AWARD 2018 Recipients
Sunbeam Family Services has named Patrick and Barbara Hill as its 2018 Aspire Award recipients. The Aspire Award is presented annually by Sunbeam to individuals, community change-makers, who have made a significant difference in the well-being of children, families or seniors.
Patrick and Barbara have played various roles in the success of Sunbeam Family Services throughout the years. Patrick has served on the Board of Directors for Sunbeam Family Services since 2007 as secretary, treasurer and member of the executive and building committees, as well as for the Sunbeam Foundation since 2009 as secretary, treasurer and president. He previously served on the associate board of the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra from 1982-1985. Patrick is a partner in Westminster Associates, which he co-founded in 1989. Barbara has been a member of Friends of Sunbeam since 2007 and served as membership chairman. Barbara also serves other organizations, including Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Mobile Meals as co-coordinator and A Chance to Change as board member and vice-chairman of fund development, and has served as a co-chairman of annual auction fundraisers for Bishop McGuiness, Edna Gladney Auxiliary of Oklahoma and Trinity School, and as committee chair for auction fundraiser acquisitions for Westminster School.
“Patrick and Barbara have logged decades of outstanding service to the Oklahoma City community in general and Sunbeam Family Services in particular,” said Sunbeam Family Services CEO Jim Priest. “This couple is a role model that inspires many and leads by example and is a key reason they were selected by the committee for this award.”
Winners of the Aspire Award are selected by a committee based on their level of service to the community, alignment with the mission of Sunbeam Family Services and their impact on children, families or senior citizens. The Aspire Award will be presented at the 2018 Shine a Light fundraising gala May 3rd at the Downtown Embassy Suites.
Barbara and Patrick Hill, Aspire Award Recipients
Pictured from left: 2016 Aspire award recipient Sandy Trudgeon, Jon Trudgeon, Pat Potts and Ray Potts.
ASPIRE AWARD 2017 Recipients
Ray and Pat Potts
Ray and Pat Potts are co-founders of the Community Resource Development Foundation and its successor, the Potts Family Foundation. Pat founded the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits and served as president and CEO for more than 20 years. She is also the founder of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, an organization that promotes positive change in the lives of Oklahoma’s women and girls. Ray was a lieutenant in the United States Air Force and co-founded PSEC Inc., an Oklahoma independent oil and gas producing company which he later sold to ONEOK. He has served as chairman of the Natural Gas Committee of the Independent Association of Petroleum Geologists of America and for eight years as member of the State Board of Education and later as the first president of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation.
“When you think about inspiring examples in the Oklahoma nonprofit community, the names Ray and Pat Potts immediately come to mind. This couple walks their talk; they live the life they encourage others to live by what they do and how they give of their time, talent and treasure, not only to Sunbeam, but to many other organizations,” said Sunbeam Family Services CEO Jim Priest. “I, personally, aspire to be more like Ray and Pat and the way they inspire others is a key reason they were selected by the committee for this award.”
Winners are selected by a committee based on their level of service to the community, alignment with the mission of Sunbeam Family Services, and their impact on children, families or senior citizens. The Aspire Award will be presented Ray and Pat Potts’s family at the 2017 Shine a Light fundraising gala April 13 at the Embassy Suites Downtown.