Treasures for Tomorrow 2013

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 will be installed at The Children's Hospital for funds raised during 2012-2014.



The Jean I. Everest Foundation is the presenting sponsor. Thank you to our other events sponsors.

The Oklahoma Health Center Foundation announced five Oklahomans as its 2013 Treasures For Tomorrow honorees. A civic leader who has dedicated himself to Oklahoma City, a couple devoted to education, and a couple deeply involved with community volunteerism will be honored at the 14th annual Treasures For Tomorrow celebration scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, at the Petroleum Club in Oklahoma City. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with a reception followed by the awards dinner. The Jean I. Everest Foundation is the presenting sponsor.

The Treasures For Tomorrow honor pays tribute to individuals whose passion for life, courage and inspiring actions serve as a model for quality values and goodness in our community. Dave Lopez and Teresa Rose are co-chairs for the event.

The 2013 Treasures are Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, Douglas R. and Peggy Cummings and Rick and Jenny Dunning.

Mayor Mick Cornett

Distinguished Civic Leader

Mick Cornett has led the charge for Oklahoma City’s remarkable renaissance. Cornett is only the fourth mayor in the City’s history to be elected to three terms. His growing list of individual awards and honors include nods for urban design, health, sports and the arts. Newsweek magazine named him of the five most innovative mayors in the United States. Governing magazine named him Public Official of the Year. Cornett has been a champion for infrastructure and health. Oklahoma City is rebuilding its streets, its schools, and its parks. In 2009, Cornett led the charge to pass MAPS 3, an $800 million capital campaign that includes a 70-acre downtown park, a modern streetcar system, senior wellness centers, river improvements, sidewalks and jogging trails and other infrastructure projects that will dramatically reshape Oklahoma City and enhance the quality of life of its residents.  Mayor Cornett and the Oklahoma City Council are committed to creating a pedestrian friendly, urban environment and they are succeeding on all fronts.  He is best known for helping Oklahoma City attract an NBA franchise and for famously putting Oklahoma City “On a Diet” to drive attention to wellness, but along the way he has helped create an incredible economy. Oklahoma City has the nation’s lowest unemployment rate and is seeing population growth that is twice its traditional average.

Douglas R. and Peggy Cummings

Dedicated Community Volunteers

Doug and Peggy Cummings have long proven their love for Oklahoma and Oklahoma City with their community involvement. As founder of Cummings Oil Company, Doug has remained active in Oklahoma’s oil industry-related activities for many years. He has participated in the following organizations as a board member and in a leadership role:  OKC Rotary Club 29, International Photography Hall of Fame Museum, Red Earth Inc., Committee of One Hundred, The Cultural Development Corporation, Oklahoma City Economic Club, Petroleum Club and OKC Fortune Club. He has served on these foundations including Allied Arts Foundation Inc., Kirkpatrick Family Affiliated Fund, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Oklahoma City Tree Bank Foundation, Oklahoma Health Center Foundation and the Children’s Center Foundation.  Doug is a past recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award and the Oklahoma City Business and Arts Awards. Throughout the years, Peggy has participated in fund raising to benefit Allied Arts, Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Girl Scouts. She has served on the Orchestra City League and was a former Show House Co-Chairwoman. Peggy was also on the first Treasures For Tomorrow board and on the board for the annual Garden Party to benefit the Oklahoma Heritage Association. At St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City, Peggy was directress for 35 years and she volunteered with the Library at the Oklahoma Museum of Art.        


Rick and Jenny Dunning

Outstanding Education Advocates

Rick and Jenny Dunning have dedicated themselves to being catalysts of learning. Rick is President and CEO of Indian Exploration Company LLC., in Oklahoma City. He is currently serving as vice chairman of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents. He has also served as chairman on the following boards: Health Sciences Center Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, Athletics Committee and Rogers State University. He is currently participating on these boards: OK Kids Korral, Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness and Keystone Adventure School. Jenny co-founded and co-directs Keystone Adventure School and Farm in Edmond. Keystone is a working farm, art-based, project oriented and multi-aged elementary school that provides a safe learning environment for all kinds of learners. A devoted advocate for education and teacher, Jenny has committed her time and talents to fundraising for a multitude of nonprofits including Westminster School, Community Literacy Centers, Red Tie, Allied Arts, Nichols Hills Elementary School, Heritage Hall, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Susan G. Komen and Children’s Hospital Foundation. She was instrumental by serving on the steering committee to re-open her former grade school - Nichols Hills Elementary.  Both Rick and Jenny have served on the boards of the Community Literacy Center, State Arts Council, Oklahoma Creativity Project and as members of the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center Leadership Council.

Treasures For Tomorrow event proceeds and generous donors have raised significant funds for beautification projects across the Oklahoma Health Center campus. During the next three years, 2012 through 2014, funds will be dedicated to a public art project to be located at The Children’s Hospital. The project has not been announced yet. Completed projects include two public art projects, “Ten Bronze Standing Flowers” at the Stephenson Cancer Center, and “New Horizons,” located in front of the Dean McGee Eye Institute. Other projects were the Founder’s Plaza at Stiles Park featuring the Beacon of Hope, Jimmy Everest Garden Walk and the Live Oak Grove. Details and photos of each project appear on the Oklahoma Health Center website.

The Treasures For Tomorrow event will begin with a reception and musical entertainment, followed by dinner and the awards presentation. Tickets are $250 per person, patron level sponsorships are $650 each and other sponsorships are also available. For more information about Treasures For Tomorrow, contact the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation at 405-271-2200 or visit 

The Oklahoma Health Center is a consortium of 25 private, educational, governmental and nonprofit organizations, located on nearly 300 acres just south of the Capitol complex in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Health Center collectively employs more than 12,500 people and contributes $3 billion to the Oklahoma economy on an annual basis.  These organizations represent the areas of patient care, research, technology, education and community support with the common goal of improving health and creating high-tech jobs in Oklahoma and the nation. Visit for more information.

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