The Journal Record names 2019 Beacon finalists

Original article appeared in The Journal Record on May 3, 2019.

OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) – The Journal Record  has announced its list of 2019 Beacon Award honorees, which include entities that will be rewarded for a variety of contributions to Oklahomans of all ages – from helping pregnant women and mothers who face incarceration transform into productive citizens, to providing educational grants to young students and even restoring a senior nutrition center.

The 23 businesses and organizations will be recognized at the 12th annual Beacon Awards on July 11 at Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown/Medical Center. Registration and networking begins at 11 a.m., with the luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m.

“Many Oklahomans would face even greater challenges in life without the business leaders who give their time and money to state charities,” said Journal Record Editor Russell Ray. “It’s important that we celebrate and recognize their efforts. This event is our way of saying thank you!”

Beacon honorees will be recognized in three categories – charitable influence, philanthropic impact and nonprofits serving nonprofits. All of the honorees will be featured in the Beacon Awards magazine and recognized at the event, where overall winners will also be announced. The overall winners in each category will receive a donation for the nonprofit they support.

First Fidelity Bank is presenting sponsor for the event. The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits is an event partner.

“We are proud to again recognize Oklahoma businesses for their leadership in the philanthropic community by supporting the organizations that have such a positive effect on the lives of Oklahomans,” said Lee R. Symcox, CEO of First Fidelity Bank. “It is these kinds of efforts that make Oklahoma such a great place to live and do business.”

Individual tickets are available for $75. Corporate tables and sponsorships are still available. For more information or to make reservations, contact Jessica Burleson at or 405-278-2820 or visit

Charitable influence finalists

Organizations in the charitable influence category demonstrate a company culture that encourages and supports volunteerism, charitable giving and community involvement by its members.

  • amshot
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • Citizens Bank of Edmond
  • IBC Bank-Oklahoma
  • McMahon Marketing
  • Rees
  • Switchgear
  • The Rowland Group
  • T&S Online Marketing
  • Vanessa House Beer Company

Philanthropic impact finalists

Those recognized in the philanthropic impact category have made a significant charitable contribution to a nonprofit organization working to meet specific needs in the community.

  • Continental Resources
  • Green Shoe Foundation
  • Regent Bank
  • Sonic, America’s Drive-In
  • Supermercados Morelos
  • Wilspec Technologies Inc.

Nonprofits serving nonprofits

  • Arts Alliance Tulsa
  • Christian Helping Hands of Comanche
  • Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
  • Concordia Life Plan Community
  • Dale Rogers Training Center
  • Opportunities Inc.
  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Central Oklahoma (RSVP)