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OSU-OKC to recognize community honorees at Paint This Town Orange event

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City will recognize a trio of community leaders at the school’s biennial scholarship fundraising dinner, Paint This Town Orange.

The dinner and awards celebration is set for Thursday, Oct. 11 on the Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) campus, with funds raised benefiting scholarship programs for students.

This year’s Paint This Town Orange honorees are Meg Salyer, Kim Garrett and Harvey Pratt. Each will receive the OSU-OKC Community Impact Award.

Salyer, Oklahoma City councilwoman for Ward 6, will be honored for her many years of visionary leadership in community development throughout the metro area. Garrett will be recognized for her work on behalf of crime victims through Palomar, the nonprofit family justice center she founded in 2017. Pratt is one of the leading forensic artists in the U.S., a graduate of OSU-OKC’s Police Science Program, and a renowned American Indian artist whose design concept was recently selected for the National Native American Veterans Memorial at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. 

“The OSU-OKC family is thrilled to recognize and celebrate this year’s trio of honorees,” said Dr. Brad Williams, OSU-OKC president. “While each recipient is a thought leader in their respective field of expertise, they share an innovative and action-based approach to work that is an example for us all.”

Past honorees for Paint This Town Orange have been Martha Burger, Jesse Langston, Clayton and Marnie Taylor, and L.E. Dean Stringer in 2014; and Nancy Payne Ellis and Lisa and Kevin Putt in 2016.

Event organizers are also introducing the OSU-OKC Pet Hero Awards this year to highlight the meaningful work of the school’s Veterinary Technology Program. The program’s graduates go on to provide valuable services that impact the health and wellbeing of animals, their humans and the larger community. This year’s Pet Heroes are OSU-OKC students Dawn Croteau, and her dog, Luke, and Emily Haastrup, and her cat, Sphynx.

Paint This Town Orange will also feature a live auction; musical performances by fiddler Kyle Dillingham and nine-piece band Banana Seat; and recognition of OSU-OKC donors and supporters.

For more information about available sponsorships or giving opportunities, contact Donovan Woods at or (405) 945-6705.