The Aspire Award was created to honor an individual's contribution to community or humanitarian service that has made a difference to the well-being of children, families or seniors. The award recipient should model a life that others 'aspire' to, and currently or previously support the work of Sunbeam Family Services. 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.
Nominations for the 2018 Aspire Award will open in October 2017. Nominations can be made online at www.AspireAwardOKC.org.
Pictured from left: 2016 Aspire award recipient Sandy Trudgeon, Jon Trudgeon, Pat Potts and Ray Potts.
2017 ASPIRE AWARD RECIPIENT
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.