At the Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma, Executive Director Georgie Rasco and her staff hear countless stories about the commitment of individuals and groups to improving the city from the neighborhood level up. To honor them, the alliance organized its first Good Neighbor Awards, held at the Oklahoma History Center on Oct. 22.
"We get to hear these stories so often we wanted to honor them, to tell them that we and the city of Oklahoma City appreciate all the work that they're doing in their neighborhoods," Rasco said.
Oklahoma Gazette was a sponsor of the sold-out event. Awards were handed out in five categories, for which about 130 nominations were received, Rasco said. Winners were chosen by a three-judge panel made up of community leaders not tied to a neighborhood association.
The Good Neighbor of the Year Award went to Rob Littlefield, of Meadowbrook Acres Neighborhood Association, to recognize his work building relationships between residents and their corporate neighbors.
"The main thing that I have done is just try to be a good neighbor," Littlefield said. "So it's just basically been using my skills as a kind person to be willing to be open and meet people. The only talent I've got."
Windsor Areas Neighborhood Development won the Neighborhood Bridge Builder Award, given to an individual or group that has helped its area overcome diversity.
Corporate Neighbor of the Year went to Hyde Auto Service, 1200 N. May. "Lea Terry