Ardmore Village was recognized Saturday night as the top non-profit organization that caters to senior citizens. The award came during the Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Awards ceremony at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa.


 


Paula Pfau, a registered nurse who is the administrator at the Lodge at Ardmore Village, attended the awards ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of Ardmore Village.

“It was very exciting,” she said. “We had all sent in pictures with our application packets and they had a slide presentation for each nominee, which was really nice.”


Ardmore Village was recognized Saturday night as the top non-profit organization that caters to senior citizens. The award came during the Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Awards ceremony at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa.

 

Paula Pfau, a registered nurse who is the administrator at the Lodge at Ardmore Village, attended the awards ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of Ardmore Village.
“It was very exciting,” she said. “We had all sent in pictures with our application packets and they had a slide presentation for each nominee, which was really nice.”

 

Ardmore Village, a residential community for senior citizens that includes apartments, cottages and assisted-living facilities, was nominated in the seniors category along with the Arthritis Foundation, Okahoma Chapter, and RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer) Tulsa.
Each category finalist received $5,000, with the winner in each group being awarded $7,500.

 

In addition to its housing facilities, Ardmore Village also conducts outreach programs and strives to address the psychological, spiritual and physical needs of the community’s older residents. Approximately 425 residents and off-campus members are served each year.
Jessica Pfau, executive director of Ardmore Village, said the nomination itself is a great honor, and winning the category award even moreso.

 

“In general, I think we were nominated because of our reputation and quality care for seniors,” she said Friday, in anticipation of Saturday’s announcement. “We are very excited to be nominated, and then to be a finalist. It’s thrilling, because the money is certainly a great need and we look forward to serving our seniors even more in the future.”

 

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits named Mental Health Association in Tulsa Inc. the top nonprofit organization for 2010 at its third annual ONE Awards Saturday night. The organization earned $10,000 along with the title.

 

Including Ardmore Village, nine additional agencies were winners of their unique category of service, and 17 received finalist awards. In total, $160,000 was awarded to 27 of the state’s top nonprofits.

 

Steve Turnbo, 2010 ONE Awards event chair, addressed attendees of the event.

 

“Our honorees are role models for other nonprofits,” he said. “We know you are sought out for your guidance and inspiration, as you are recognized for many outstanding qualities that benefit your nonprofit.”

 

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, which works with Oklahoma nonprofit organizations to strengthen capability and build the capacities of their boards, staff and volunteers, created the ONE Awards for two reasons.

 

“The purpose of this event is to encourage these nonprofits to continue pursuing their missions, and to assure them that their hard work has not gone unnoticed,” Turnbo said.
Finalists for the ONE Awards are nominated and selected by the ONE Awards Selection Commission, chaired by J. Jerry Dickman of Tulsa. The commission, made up of community leaders from throughout the state, meets annually to identify and reward nonprofits that exhibit excellence in their daily operations. Michael Cawley of Ardmore is one of the commission members.

 

Of 70 nonprofits originally nominated for a ONE Award, only 27 were selected as finalists in one of nine categories of service. The winners in each category received $7,500 and two finalists received $5,000.