OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO) – The Oklahoma Hall of Fame today announced the presenters who will help induct the 89th Hall of Fame class at the 2016 Banquet & Induction Ceremony at 6 p.m. on November 17 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Each of this year’s honorees chose someone who has inspired them to present them at the ceremony.
This year’s presenters are Molly Shi Boren, Norman; Ree Drummond, Pawhuska; Theodore Elam, Oklahoma City; Jane Jayroe Gamble, Oklahoma City; NBA icon Michael Jordan, Charlotte, N.C.; and Pat O’Hara, Edmond.
Jordan, a 14-time NBA All-Star who won six championships with the Chicago Bulls, will present Westbrook. Jordan is owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time. Drummond, an award-winning blogger, New York Times bestselling author, food writer, photographer and television personality, will present Dixon for induction. Jayroe Gamble, a broadcaster, author, public official, former Miss America and a member of the 2007 Oklahoma Hall of Fame class, will present Aragón for induction. Boren, an attorney, First Lady of the University of Oklahoma, former First Lady of Oklahoma and member of the 2004 Oklahoma Hall of Fame class, will present Burrage for induction. Elam, retired counsel at McAfee & Taft, lecturer and adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, will present Dillingham for induction. O’Hara, an attorney and partner at Tisdal & O’Hara, PLLC, a CPA and a rancher, will present his daughter, Kelli O’Hara, for induction.
“We are honored to have an incredibly distinguished group of presenters for our 2016 ceremony,” said Shannon L. Rich, president and CEO of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum. “These presenters are people who have inspired our inductees, supported them and contributed to their success.”
The 2016 Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees are: Rita Bly Aragón, Dale; Michael Burrage, Antlers; Dan Dillingham, Enid; Rebecca Dixon, Lenapah; Kelli O’Hara, Elk City/Edmond; and Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles/Oklahoma City. These Oklahomans will join the 677 individuals who have been inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame since 1928.
“We are truly excited to have Michael Jordan presenting Russell Westbrook, and we are equally fortunate to have a full slate of accomplished presenters joining us at this year’s ceremony,” Rich said. “They provide us a meaningful opportunity to celebrate this year’s inductees and forward our mission of telling Oklahoma’s story through its people.”
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame was founded in 1927 with the purpose of honoring Oklahomans in their lifetime with the state’s highest honor and educating Oklahoma’s youth on our rich history. The Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, was opened in 2007 with the intent of giving the public access to the stories of these and other notable Oklahomans. The 2016 inductees will be recognized in November with the unveiling of their portraits at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum; their biographies, photos and fun facts will be accessible through interactive exhibits.
“Being inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is the single-highest honor an individual can receive from our state,” Rich said. “This year’s ceremony promises to be a very special evening for our honorees and all our guests.”
Tickets and table sponsorships for the induction ceremony went on sale in August and a limited number are still available at OklahomaHOF.com or by calling 405-523-3203. For more information on ticket sales, contact Millie Craddick, honoree relations and induction administrator, at 405-523-3203 or email@example.com.
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