Treasures for Tomorrow
The Treasures For Tomorrow event celebrates individuals who embody the light of compassion, caring and creativity in our communities, schools or workplace. They make a difference in the quality of our lives and contribute to our heritage. Providing inspiration with their hope, heart, courage, conviction and wisdom, they follow their heart’s passion and are an inspiration and a model for values, goodness and the finest in humanity. Prominent individuals in our community, individuals with roots in Oklahoma whose contributions remain at least partially in Oklahoma, and individuals who may be less well recognized are all eligible for the award. We honor and recognize these individuals as our Treasures.
Treasures for Tomorrow event proceeds and generous donors have raised significant funds for beautification projects on the Oklahoma Health Center campus. Completed projects include the Live Oak Grove, the Jimmy Everest Garden Walk, Founders Plaza at Stiles Park featuring the Beacon of Hope, New Horizons, public art installed next to the Dean McGee Eye Institute and "Ten Standing Flowers" installed at the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center. The next public art project has been installed at The Children's Hospital for funds raised during 2012-2014.
Over the last 15 years, Oklahoma Treasures For Tomorrow event proceeds and generous donors have raised significant funds for beautification projects across the Oklahoma Health Center campus. In 2016, the committee directing the Oklahoma Treasures For Tomorrow program changed its focus to raise funds for health-related research projects for campus organizations. The recipient of the 2016 Oklahoma Treasures For Tomorrow proceeds will be a research project, led by David Fields, PhD., Children’s Hospital Foundation Chickasaw Nation Endowed Chair, associate professor, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Fields and his team are examining the health of pregnant women with regard to maternal obesity and diabetes and the risk of obesity and diabetes to their children. The theme of this research is to better understand how these maternal factors affect the child with the ultimate goal of preventing the development of diabetes and related metabolic disease.
Through Oklahoma Treasures For Tomorrow, the goal was met to raise $50,000 that was awarded to OUHSC and the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center to further the research on this existing project focusing on diabetes.