The Annie Oakley Society Luncheon
June 12, 2014
Pat Summitt and Kristin Chenoweth to be Honored by The Annie Oakley
Society at Annual Luncheon Supporting Museum Educational Programs
OKLAHOMA CITY - The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is
proud to announce Pat Summitt as the Lifetime Achievement Award honoree
and Kristin Chenoweth as The Annie Oakley Society Award honoree at the
fourth annual luncheon fundraiser on June 12 in the Sam Noble Special
Events Center. The Society gathers to celebrate women who demonstrate
leadership and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Great American West.
Summitt was the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer
basketball team and is now "head coach emeritus." At the helm
for 38 seasons, she is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history for
men's and women's teams. Summitt is known for being forthright, well-respected,
ethical and a winner who serves as a shining example in the sport of collegiate
basketball. Summitt was voted the 11th best coach of all-time by The Sporting
News and was the only woman on the list. On August 22, 2011, Summitt raised
the bar on courage as she bravely revealed the toughest opponent she will
ever have to battle, early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. Representing
Pat Summitt will be Sherri Coale, current head coach of The University
of Oklahoma Sooners women's basketball team.
Chenoweth, an Emmy and Tony Award winner and Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee,
effortlessly transitions between stage, television, film and an accomplished
singing career with the captivating grace that only she can project. Chenoweth's
New York Times best seller, "A Little Bit Wicked," told the
story of her hard work and determination to succeed with the memorable
quote "Life's too short, I'm not!" In addition to these accomplishments,
Chenoweth formed a charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing
Arts Center (BA PAC) Foundation in her home town of Oklahoma. The mission
of the BA PAC Foundation is to bring the world of visual and performing
arts to Broken Arrow. Chenoweth will be represented by Jane Jayroe Gamble
at the event.
"In harmony with Annie Oakley's tradition of cherishing families
and helping others, proceeds through membership in The Annie Oakley Society
are combined to fund the renovation of the children's area of the Museum,"
said Oklahoma's former first lady Cathy Keating. "Future plans to
support improvements in other areas of the Museum will ensure its future
as a place where families can learn and cherish the West, as well as honor
Annie's lifelong commitment to her family and education."
The Annie Oakley Society, co-founded by Keating and Lynn Friess, has added
a new dimension to the museum by honoring and raising awareness of outstanding
women of the West. The Society has raised more than $2.5 million to date
to be used for educational improvements. Presenting sponsors are Hobby
Lobby and The Chickasaw Nation. Additional sponsors include Eventures
Corporate Event Productions, Express Employment Professionals and Express
Ranches, American Energy Partners, Petroleum Club, Oklahoma City University
and New Leaf Floral.
Membership into The Annie Oakley Society includes seating at the luncheon
and nonmembers are invited to attend for $150 each. With multiple levels
of membership starting at $250 annually, The Annie Oakley Society has
a niche for all women, including a special category for those under 40.
Honoree appearance at the event is pending scheduling availability.
For reservations or to inquire about membership into The Annie Oakley
Society, please call the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
at (405) 478-2250, Ext. 256.