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Dean A. McGee Awards
May 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm$250
Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership will honor three local business and community leaders for their outstanding contributions to the downtown community at the 33rd annual Dean A. McGee Awards on Friday, May 17, in the Skirvin Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom.
Business leader Chuck Wiggin will receive the Dean A. McGee Award for his lifetime contributions to downtown; the Stanley Draper Award will be presented to arts leader Peter Dolese for his efforts in community excellence; and builder Stan Lingo will receive the Neal Horton Award for revitalization of downtown.
The 2019 Dean A. McGee Awards is a black-tie event that begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by a gourmet dinner at 7:00 p.m., short videos about the awards namesakes, the State of Downtown speech by Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership’s president, Jane Jenkins, and the awards presentation. The 2019 event co-chairs are Founding Principal of Equity Commercial Realty Judy Hatfield and Devon Energy Chair Emeritus Larry Nichols.
“This year’s honorees exemplify the same spirit as the three leaders for whom the awards are named,” said Hatfield. “They have worked diligently to develop a city that will serve future generations well. They helped shape and mold today’s downtown.”
Nichols added, “The three honorees have helped create a vibrant downtown for all of the city’s communities to enjoy. We are proud to honor them and their efforts for making downtown Oklahoma City one of the best urban areas in the nation.”
The Dean A. McGee Award recognizes individuals for a lifetime of contributions, ensuring that Oklahoma City has a strong, energetic core. The award is named after Dean A. McGee, an Oklahoma City business leader who chaired the Kerr-McGee Corporation from 1963 to 1983 and led efforts to construct the Myriad Gardens. He was extremely passionate about developing downtown as a gathering place for future generations.
Chuck Wiggin, the 2019 Dean A. McGee Award recipient, had the vision to recognize downtown’s history with The 89er Trail, telling the remarkable stories of the founding of Oklahoma City on April 22, 1889 in a race for free land. The Trail’s 28 historical markers are located where important events occurred downtown, bringing history to life for residents and tourists alike. In 1981, he founded Wiggin Properties and has since managed many downtown real estate projects, including 101 Park Ave, which he owns, and tax credit financing for the Skirvin Hotel, Saints Medical Plaza, the 21c Hotel, and the OU
Embassy Suites among others. He was the founding president of the Commercial Real Estate Council, a founding sponsor of the Oklahoma Council of the Urban Land Institute; a founding director and former chair of the Downtown Business Improvement District; and former President of downtown’s Rotary Club 29. He is the current Board Chair for the Downtown OKC Partnership where he has focused on a new strategic plan and a second renewal of the BID district.
The Stanley Draper Award is presented to an outstanding nonprofit staff member, volunteer or non-elected government employee who has made an enduring impact on downtown. The award is named after city visionary Stanley Draper, a long-time Greater Oklahoma City Chamber executive who inspired all to dream impossible dreams and was known as the country’s greatest “city builder.”
Peter Dolese, the 2019 Stanley Draper Award honoree, had a vision to connect people downtown with the arts on a daily basis. In 2011, he launched “Art Moves” to showcase artists in downtown venues each weekday during lunch for 50 weeks of each year. As executive director of the Arts Council of Oklahoma City since 2008, he has seen this role as an opportunity to help revitalize downtown through art. Dolese has been involved with the popular Festival of the Arts from its beginning in 1967 and has helped grow the annual event to an average of 750,000 attendees. Dolese has served as a board member and president of the deadCENTER Film Festival and is very involved in supporting other downtown arts organizations, such as IAO and the Oklahoma City Ballet.
The Neal Horton Award is presented to a visionary who sparks a renaissance in a downtown area. It is named after Neal Horton, who dreamed of revitalizing the decaying red brick warehouses east of downtown into an entertainment district featuring fine dining, trendy shopping, luxury hotels and sports venues. Today, this area is known as Bricktown.
Stan Lingo, the 2019 Neal Horton Award honoree, has gained a reputation for bringing historic downtown buildings back to life. In some cases, he has helped save structures from almost certain doom, such as the pre-statehood Hotel Marion. He has overseen many of the most prominent historic downtown rescues from Mid-Town to Film Row. These transformational projects include revitalizing green spaces such as Kerr Park, as well as rehabilitating buildings such as Main Street Arcade, the Braniff Building, Mideke Building, PLICO at Flatiron, The Plow, and the UCO Boathouse on the Oklahoma River. He established Lingo Construction in 1998 as a startup that has grown with true builders, craftsmen and creative thinkers.