Recipients for the Tenth Annual Nania Awards Announced;
Awards Banquet to be held on June 26, 2013
Tulsa Partners Inc., a nonprofit organization working to build a disaster-resistant and sustainable community, is proud to announce the recipients of our 2013 Nania Awards. The Nania Awards recognize the outstanding collaborative work of individuals and corporate / nonprofit entities in creating a disaster-resistant and sustainable community. “Nania” is a Cherokee word that means “All Together.” There are two corporate award categories, two “signature” awards for local individuals, and one national award.
National Nania Award:
Gerald McSwiggan, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center
Nania Corporate Hall of Fame:
National Weather Service-Tulsa Office
Nania Corporate Campaign Award
City of Tulsa Pervious Concrete Pilot Project, City of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University, Cantera Concrete
Nania Signature Award—Don McCarthy “Millennium” Award for Sustainability
Mary Kell, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP / Architect, City of Tulsa
Nania Signature Award—J.D. Metcalfe “Building Bridges” Award
Sheryl Siddiqui, Islamic Council of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Center for Community & Justice, Tulsa Partners Language and Culture Bank
(See award recipient descriptions listed below.)
The Tenth Annual Nania Awards Banquet will be in downtown Tulsa in the Sapulpa Room at the Griffin Communications Center, 303 North Boston, directly across from the Guthrie Green, on Wednesday evening, June 26. Registration and Reception with cash bar will occur at 6 pm, with Dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. Travis Meyer, Chief Meteorologist for KOTV News On 6, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Gerald McSwiggan will serve as keynote speaker. A Door Prize Raffle will be held for several items, including a 3 night stay at Big Cedar Wilderness Club on Table Rock Lake over Valentine’s Day weekend. Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the door, $5 per ticket or $20 for five tickets.
The Nania Award event sponsors include: the Brannin Family Foundation, Meshek and Associates, State Farm Insurance, TRC Disaster Solutions, Bank of Oklahoma, Bennett Native/Jim Giles Saferooms, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Kim and Mel Koleber, and Neal McNeill. To get more information about the event, event sponsorships, or to register for the banquet, contact Tulsa Partners, Inc. at 918-632-0044, or check out 10th Annual Nania Awards Banquet webpage.
This award is given to someone who has performed outstanding work on the national stage to build disaster-resistant and sustainable communities. The recipient also serves as the keynote speaker.
RECIPIENT: Gerald McSwiggan, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center, for his outstanding leadership and coordination of disaster assistance and recovery capabilities through the U.S. Chamber, and promotion of pre-disaster response and continuity planning in the private sector. His keynote address will be on the “Network Effect,” and how this business principle can improve public-private partnerships.
CORPORATE HALL OF FAME AWARD
A “Hall of Fame” for businesses and nonprofit organizations in our community, this award is given to corporate entities that have performed outstanding work in public, private and nonprofit sector partnerships to build a disaster-resistant and sustainable community. (Two recipients.)
RECIPIENT: Griffin Communications, for their collaborative work in promoting weather safety through such programs as McReady, Trav’s Wild Weather Show, storm shelter giveaways in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, and the outstanding energy-efficient and safe design of their new Griffin Communications Center.
RECIPIENT: National Weather Service-Tulsa Office, for their work in using innovation to support community preparedness through the development of StormReady, the co-development of the Sperry-Piltz Ice Accumulation Index, and the creation of other technology-based tools and collaborative endeavors.
CORPORATE CAMPAIGN AWARD
This award is given for a campaign, event or project that is an outstanding example of using partnerships to promote mitigation, preparedness, response and/or sustainability.
RECIPIENT: City of Tulsa Pervious Concrete Pilot Project, for their multi-partner endeavor to test pervious concrete used to decrease stormwater runoff, flash flooding, erosion, and stream pollution. The entities leading this consortium project are the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University, and Cantera Concrete.
DON MCCARTHY MILLENNIUM AWARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY
One of two Nania Signature Awards, this award is given to recognize outstanding work in promoting a holistic approach to sustainability. It is named in honor of Don McCarthy, a retired engineer who exemplified this holistic approach when he developed the Millennium House, a residence designed to be disaster-resistant, energy-efficient, handicapped-accessible, and to provide healthy indoor air quality to people of moderate means.
RECIPIENT: Mary Kell, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP / Architect, City of Tulsa, for her outstanding work at Tulsa’s Engineering Services Department on energy-saving, low impact development (LID) projects, as well as her volunteer service with the American Institute of Architects on the statewide disaster assessment team.
J.D. METCALFE “BUILDING BRIDGES” AWARD
One of two Nania Signature Awards and our highest honor to local individuals, this award honors outstanding work in linking the public, private and non-profit sectors to build a disaster-resistant and sustainable community. It is named for the late Tulsa street commissioner who was the father of Tulsa’s stormwater management program, a founding member of Tulsa’s Project Impact and Citizen Corps programs, and an incorporator of Tulsa Partners, Inc.
RECIPIENT: Sheryl Siddiqui, Islamic Council of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Center for Community & Justice, Tulsa Partners Language and Culture Bank, for her outstanding work in bringing together people of diverse languages, religions and cultures to create a vibrant, resilient and connected community.