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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Jasmine Award banquet Oct. 8

  • Burns and Ann Hargis recipients of the Jasmine Award.
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  • Friends and supporters of the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum will gather in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Oct. 8, to honor Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis and his wife Ann who will be the recipients of the Museum’s “Jasmine Award” presented once every two years to a person, or persons, who have given extraordinary service to the youth of Oklahoma.
     
    Previous honorees have been Cathy Keating, David and Molly Boren, Gene Rainbolt, Kim Henry and George and Donna Nigh, Barry Switzer and Robert Henry.
     
    The benefit banquet will be held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The emcee for the event will be former Gov. George Nigh. The presentation of the Jasmine will be made by Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry, who received the Jasmine in 2011.
     
    This year’s honorees, Ann and Burns Hargis, came to OSU after Hargis was named the 18th president of OSU and the OSU System in December, 2007. He took office on March 10, 2008.
    During his tenure, Hargis has guided OSU to record enrollment and record fund raising, reaching the $1 billion “Branding Success” campaign goal in April, 2013 – nearly two years ahead of schedule.
     
    He holds degrees in accounting from OSU and in law from the University of Oklahoma. He is the second OSU graduate to lead the university as president.
     
    Before being named OSU president, Hargis had a long and distinguished legal and business career, with active civic and philanthropic leadership. He was also on the award-winning Oklahoma political television program “Flashpoint” for a number of years.
     
    Hargis was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2009.
    OSU “First Lady” Ann Hargis is an active ambassador for OSU. In addition to partnering with President Hargis on activities with students, faculty, alumni, donors and others, she is involved in several community organizations.
     
    In the community, Mrs. Hargis is a board member of the Stillwater Public Education Foundation, the Oklahoma WONDERtorium and the Payne County Youth Services. She was appointed by the governor in 2012 as one of 15 members of the Oklahoma Arts Council.
     
    A native of Dallas, Mrs. Hargis earned her bachelor’s degree in math and Latin from the University of Texas. She worked for a number of years in the information technology industry and advertising and marketing.
     
    Ann and Burns Hargis have two married children – son Matt and his wife Michelle, and daughter Kate Haas and her husband Richard. They have three grandchildren: Peighton, Preston and Oliver.
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    Table sponsorships for the Children’s Museum benefit are available at three levels: $5,000 (Valedictorian), $3,000 (Salutatorian), and $1,000 (Honor Roll). Individuals may attend for $100 per person. Attending the banquet and the VIP reception, which precedes the banquet, is $200.
     
    Special table guests will be some of the top political, media and sports personalities in the state. These guests include: Dan Boren, Cliff Branan, Harry Coates, Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, John Ford, Jane Jayroe Gamble, Kim Henry, Robert Henry, Glen Johnson, Merv Johnson, Clark Jolley, Gary Jones, Dave Lopez, Leona Mitchell, Tom Newell, Charlie Newton, George and Donna Nigh, Susan Paddack, Gene Rainbolt, Jenifer Reynolds, T.W. Shannon, Lee Allan Smith, Deby Snodgrass, Kris Steele, Barry Switzer, Clendon Thomas, Mike Turpen and Weldon Watson.
     
    During the evening, special recognition will be given to several organizations and individuals for their past support of the Children’s Museum. Recipients of corporate and individual benefactor awards will be presented to Blue Wave Boats, Enviro Systems, VF Jeanswear/Wrangler, and Ron Norick, Controlling Manager of Norick Investment Co. and former Mayor of Oklahoma City. A first-time recognition will be presented that night to Paige Sykes as the recipient of the “Youth Philanthropy Award.”
     
    Proceeds from the tribute will be used to support exhibits and admission scholarships at the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole. The hands-on, award-winning museum is uniquely created as an imaginary town where children can role-play a variety of occupations. It is a favorite destination for school field trips and family outings.
    Anyone interested in attending the banquet, or receiving more information about table sponsorships or the Museum, may contact the Executive Director Marci Donaho at 405-382-0950 or by email at mdonaho@jasminemoran.com
     
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