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Second Annual Veterans Service Awards Banquet

Second Annual Veterans Service Awards Banquet

May 9, 2019
University of Central Oklahoma George Nigh Center


Cocktails | Dinner | Black Tie Optional

Cocktails and silent auction at 6:00 pm
Dinner and awards at 7:00 pm



On behalf of the Force 50 Foundation, we invite you to be part of a very unique and exciting awards banquet recognizing and honoring individuals, organizations and corporations that have distinguished themselves in the service of Oklahoma veterans. The Force 50 Foundation is a 501 [c]3 organization, born of the Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program to serve the needs of the veterans community and directly support the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs and their mission of caring and assisting all Oklahoma veterans. In addition, the foundation is proud to support other veterans service organizations in their efforts to serve our veterans family. So save the date and join us in celebrating our honorees, as we continue our commitment of serving those who served!


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Second Annual Veterans Service Awards


“Serving those who served”



Platinum Sponsor (1): $10,000
  • Recognition in all references to the event including TV, newspaper, social media
  • Verbal recognition in opening statement of event
  • Name on each award along with Force 50 Foundation and Award Sponsor
  • Scrolling recognition in video during dinner
Silver Sponsor (9): $5,000
  • Recognition in event program
  • Giving of award by sponsor representative
  • Name of award on trophy
  • Scrolling recognition in video during dinner
Bronze Sponsor (44): $1,000
  • Name on table
  • Seating for 8
  • Scrolling recognition in video during dinner
Individual Ticket $225.00

Brought to you in cooperation with the Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program, the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, University of Central Oklahoma and LifeSpring Home Care.


Second Annual Veterans Service Awards  Banquet




Nominations for the Force 50 Inaugural Veteran Service Awards are now open. Know of a Veteran supported Business, community, not for profit?  Consider nominating them today.


Click here for a nomination form. 


Submission of nominations should be mailed to:
PO Box 722838, Norman, OK  73070


May 11, 2018

Inaugural Veterans Service Awards Winners Announced

EDMOND, OK- Winners of the Force 50 Foundation’s Inaugural Veterans Service Awards were announced at a banquet held at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Nigh University Center. For the award selection process, we analyzed the level of community involvement, Veteran friendliness in hiring and volunteer practices and the level of Veteran resources. For the corporate awards, we looked at formal Veteran recruitment, Veteran employee groups, and community service projects that impact Veterans. Here’s a complete list of winners:

  • Small Corporate Business Award (<100 employees)- Patriot Ford (Purcell)

  • Large Corporate Business Award (>100 employees)- Chesapeake Energy

  • Small Not for Profit (<$1 million in revenue)- Veterans Corner

  • Large Not for Profit (>$1 million in revenue)- Folds of Honor

  • State Agency- Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

  • Small Veteran-Friendly Community (<50,000 residents)- Ardmore

  • Large Veteran-Friendly Community (>50,000 residents)- Tulsa

  • Small College (<360 Veterans enrolled)- East Central University

  • Large College (>360 Veterans enrolled)- University of Central Oklahoma

  • Health Care Service and Support- The Oklahoma Primary Care Association

  • The George Nigh Lifetime Achievement Award- General Tommy Franks

  • Oklahoma Medal of Freedom- Governor George Nigh


The Force 50 Foundation also recognized many outstanding individuals who have contributed a great deal to veterans and veteran services through a Distinguished Service Award.  Those individuals are as follows:

  • Senators AJ Griffin and Frank Simpson

  • Representatives Chris Kannady, Claudia Griffith (R.I.P.), Josh West and George Young

  • Not for profits, Education Institutions and Corporations:

    • Bobby Bramlett, Bramlett Agency

    • Karen Vahlberg, LifeSpring Home Care

    • Mark Kinders, UCO

    • Nadine Lewis

    • Pete Luitweiler

    • Mark Morgan

    • Pam Bloustine

    • Pete Peterson

    • Scotty Deatherage

“Once again, Oklahoma is being proactive and taking the lead in an effort to provide a better health care model for veterans everywhere,” said Governor Mary Fallin. “The Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program is working on creating a service model that delivers easier access, better health care services, and is more cost effective and efficient. If successful, this will become a national model available to all states. Oklahoma has more than 340,000 veterans living in the state. It’s important for us to take care of our veterans who served with honor.”



Governor Mary Fallin and former Governor George Nigh, as well as many other legislators and dignitaries, were on hand for the Force 50 Foundation Inaugural Service Awards on May 10th honoring those who have distinguished themselves in the service of Oklahoma’s Veterans. Below are a few photos from the event.

In the first photo are First Gentleman Wade Christiansen, Governor Mary Fallin, former Governor George Nigh, and Force 50 Foundation’s Pete Reed.

In the second photo Governor Fallin and Major General (Ret.) Rita Aragon present Governor Nigh with the Oklahoma Medal of Freedom.

The Force 50 Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Veterans, homebound and terminally ill Individuals and their families by directing donated funds to provide basic needs, care, special wishes, recognition for our Veterans and community education.