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OCU Societies to Honor Four During 25th Anniversary

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Societies of Oklahoma City University will honor four Oklahoma women for their volunteerism during the 25th anniversary of the Awards of Excellence on Feb. 28 at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m.

The 2013 honorees are Ret. Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon, the Oklahoma City University Distinguished Philanthropist Award; Janie Axton, the Kirkpatrick-Petree Music and Performing Arts Society Award; Charlotte Richels, the Norick-Hulsey Gallery Society Award; and Marnie Taylor, the Dulaney-Browne Society Award.

Aragon retired from the U.S. Air National Guard in 2006 and currently serves as the State Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Axton has volunteered actively in the local community and is currently helping raise funds for an Oklahoma City YWCA shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Richels has volunteered with numerous local organizations, placing an emphasis on her passion for the arts and health care.

Taylor is president and CEO of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits and has helped local nonprofits extensively.

Cathy Leichter serves as president of the OCU Societies and Ann Alspaugh is chairwoman of the Awards of Excellence dinner.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Mandy Heaps at (405) 208-5118 or email