Nominations Open for Anne Roberts People’s Choice Awards for Child Advocacy

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Nominations Open for  Anne Roberts People’s Choice Awards for Child Advocacy OICA

OKLAHOMA CITY – Each summer, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) holds its annual Heroes Ball to celebrate champions for children.

Among the awards presented are two chosen by the people: The Anne Roberts People’s Choice Awards for Child Advocacy. The award is named in honor of Anne Roberts, OICA’s longest serving CEO; it recognizes outstanding service to Oklahoma’s children by an individual and an organization, as nominated and voting on by the people.

The process begins with nominations, which are open to the public. Following the nomination period, which runs from now through May 31, the OICA Board of Directors narrows the list a select few to put forward for an online public vote by Oklahomans.

To nominate either an individual or an organization, go to https://oica.org and click on “Awards” and choose “Nominate for Anne Roberts People’s Choice Awards.” You can also go directly to https://qrco.de/ARPCA.

“This award is fully in the hands of those interested in child advocacy in the state of Oklahoma,” said Joe Dorman, OICA’s CEO. “The list of previous winners reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of Oklahoma Child Advocates.”

Previous winners of the Anne Roberts People’s Choice Organizational Award are:

  • 2017 – Whiz Kids Oklahoma
  • 2018 – Peppers Ranch
  • 2019 – Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care
  • 2020 – Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma
  • 2021 – SoonerStart
  • 2022 – Fostering Connections
  • 2023 – Sara’s Project

Those individuals who have won the Anne Roberts People’s Choice Individual Award are:

  • 2017 – Brenda Lene’
  • 2018 – Cody Inman
  • 2019 – Judy Payne
  • 2020 – Ryan Abernathy
  • 2021 – Melissa Ahlgrim
  • 2022 – Amber Cuyler
  • 2023 - Alethea Satterwhite

After the nominations close at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31, finalists will be announced in early June and online voting will begin on OICA’s website. Those in attendance at OICA’s Heroes Ball on Saturday, July 27 will receive a final paper ballot to help finish off the voting. Winners will be announced at the Heroes Ball, held this year at the First Americans Museum.

Tickets to the Heroes Ball are on sale and can be purchased at https://event.gives/heroesball2024.

 

About OICA: The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was established in 1983 by a group of citizens seeking to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and future at risk. Our mission statement: “Creating awareness, taking action and changing policy to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.”

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