DEVOTED HONOREES: Tulsa Community College President Tom McKeon, center, was honored to present John-Kelly Warren, left, with the Vision Award at the seventh annual Vision in Education Leadership Dinner. Phil Dessauer, right, the executive director of the Community Service Council, was presented with the Stephen J. Jatras Award.
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From the opening of Saint Francis Hospital in 1960 to the soon-to-be open Children’s Hospital, the William K. Warren Foundation has ensured that Tulsa leads the way in medical excellence. But the legacy of community involvement doesn’t stop at health care.
The Warren Foundation has also shown a tremendous devotion to education. They have been a supporter of Tulsa Community College since 1990 when the Foundation established the Natalie O. Warren Endowed Chair for Nursing. Most recently, the Warren Foundation donated $125,000 for TCC’s Health Sciences and Biotechnology Learning Center, which officially opened earlier this year.
Many consider the Warren Foundation’s support a cornerstone of TCC’s highly successful nursing program.
In appreciation, the TCC Foundation presented John-Kelly Warren with the Vision Award at the seventh annual Vision in Education Leadership Dinner on Sept. 26 at Tulsa’s Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Also honored at the dinner was the Executive Director of the Community Service Council, Phil Dessauer, Jr. He was presented with the Stephen J. Jatras Award, given in honor of a former member of the TCC Board of Regents who is a community leader.
Tom Kivisto, president and CEO of SemGroup, was the Vision Dinner honorary chairman. Paul Cornell, deputy CEO/COO of SpiritBank, was the Vision Dinner committee chairman.
TCC Foundation members on the planning committee included Mike Cooper, AT&T; Karen Davis, Tulsa Community Foundation; Joan Parkhurst, Paragon Films; Mary Shaw, community volunteer; and John Wiscaver, State Farm.
Warren currently serves as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of The William K. Warren Foundation, where he is leading construction efforts on The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, a 104-bed facility expected to open in January 2008.
Warren also serves as chairman of the board of directors of Saint Francis Health System. He is the director, chairman and chief executive officer of Montereau, Inc.; director of the Warren Professional Building Corporation; director and president of the Warren Medical Research Center; and director of Oklahoma Science and Technology Research and Development.
Warren is president of the Cascia Hall School Foundation, member of the Cascia Hall School Board of Directors and Finance Committee; member of the Junior League of Tulsa Community Advisory Board; YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) member; and board member of the Tulsa River Parks Authority.
Presenting sponsors of the Vision Dinner were Saint Francis Health System and the William K. Warren Foundation. Other Vision sponsors included George Kaiser Family Foundation/Bank of Oklahoma and The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Cowen Construction, Flintco, Dr. Eleanor and Larry C. Payne, QuikTrip, Jo & Jack Babbitt, Helmerich & Payne, JP Morgan Chase, MidFirst Bank, Dr. Tom and Stacey McKeon, Nadel and Gussman Energy, Henry and Jane Primeaux, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Samson, Dr. Frank and Mary Shaw, SpiritBank and Tulsa Technology Center, Air Power Systems, Aetna, the Barnett Family Foundation, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Joe and Kathy Craft, Naboholz Construction Corporation, Erma Spann, Tulsa World and The University of Oklahoma-Tulsa.
Proceeds from the dinner are used to support students, faculty and staff through scholarships and educational programs.
The dinner is held each year in September to commemorate the college’s opening in September 1970. At that time, it was the first institution of public higher education established in Tulsa. The Vision Dinner is TCC’s largest fundraising event each year.