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Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy's Heroes Ball

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy's Heroes Ball recognizes those in the community who were allies in the fight for Children's rights and advocates for their care.(OICA)

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) Since 1983, The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) has provided a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect.

OICA wanted to recognize those in the community who were allies in the fight for Children's rights and advocates for their care. The first ever Heroes Ball was an opportunity to do so. The Ball, held at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City, was the opportunity to congratulate winners of awards presented that evening.

The winners of the Kate Barnard Perseverance Award are Jasmine and Melvin Moran, the creators of the Jasmine Moran Childen's Museum in Seminole, Oklahoma. Their museum has inspired and educated countless children since its opening in 1993. The award is named after Oklahoma's first female elected official, who worked to end child labor and the mistreatment of Native children.

The winners of the SONIC commitment award are Pastor Craig Groeschel and Amy Groeschel. Pastor Craig and Amy used their platform at Life.Church to encourage people to become foster parents, resulting in the largest amount of foster home applications in a month ever seen by the Department of Human Services. The award recognizes SONIC's commitment to the Oklahoma community and its many contributions to child well-being.

Each award winner was chosen by the OICA Board of Directors for their outstanding contribution to children's well-being in Oklahoma.

For more information on The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy visit www.oica.org


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