Three business and civic leaders are honored each year at the Dean A. McGee Awards hosted by Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership (DOKC). The ceremony is named after Dean A. McGee, an Oklahoma City business leader who chaired the Kerr-McGee Corporation from 1963 to 1983 and led efforts to construct the Myriad Gardens.

Presented by DOKC, tickets to the Dean A. McGee Awards are available to the public each year. This year’s awards have been rescheduled to Monday, August 31, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. If interested in purchasing tickets to this year’s event, contact Jones PR at (405) 516-9686.

2020 Honorees:
Cathy O’Connor
 will receive the Dean A. McGee Award for her lifetime contributions to downtown. Nancy Anthony will receive the Stanley Draper Award for her efforts in community excellence, and Donald Beck has earned the Neal Horton Award for his revitalization of downtown.

The awards benefit Downtown Oklahoma City Initiatives, which funds public art and other downtown improvement projects.

HONOREES OF THE DEAN A. McGEE AWARDS

Dean A. McGee Award

2019 – Chuck Wiggin
2018 – Meg Salyer
2017 – James D. Couch
2016 – Klay Kimker
2015 –  Frank D. Hill
2014 – Mick Cornett
2013 – Carl Edwards
2012 – John Michael Williams
2011 – Tom McDaniel
2010 – David Rainbolt
2009 – James A. Pickel
2008 – Herman Meinders
2007 – Cliff Hudson
2006 – Kirk Humphreys
2005 – Luke R. Corbett
2004 – Burns Hargis
2003 – Lee Allan Smith
2002 – J.  Edward Barth
2000 – Ray Ackerman
1999 – Dave R. Lopez
1998 – Robert M. Johnson
1997 – J. Larry Nichols
1995 – Jackie L. Jones
1994 – Ken Townsend
1993 – Ron Norick
1992 – Bill Johnstone
1991 – Fred Jones Hall
1990 – Clayton I. Bennett
1989 – James R. Tolbert
1988 – Stanton L. Young
1987 – J.W. “Bill” McLean
1986 – Dean A. McGee

Stanley Draper Award

2019 – Peter Dolese
2018 – Brent Bryant
2017 – Leslie V. Batchelor
2016 – Francy Palmer
2015 –  Mike Grady
2014 – Joel Levine
2013 – Roy Williams
2012 – Richard Sias
2011 – James Meade
2010 – Chet Collier and Thomas A. Hill
2009 – Catherine O’Connor
2008 – Zach Taylor (posthumously)
2007 – Paul Strasbaugh
2006 – Kari Watkins
2005 – Dan Batchelor
2004 – JoeVan Bullard
2003 – Carolyn Hill
2002 – James D. Couch

Neal Horton Award

2019 – Stan Lingo
2018 – Ron Bradshaw
2017 – Mark Beffort
2016 – Mickey Clagg
2015 –  Judy Hatfield
2014 – Tom Ward
2013 – Chip Fudge
2012 – Steve Mason
2011 – St. Anthony
2010 – Bob Howard
2009 – Oklahoma Heritage Association
2008 – Mike Knopp
2007 – Avis Scaramucci
2006 – Laura Warriner
2005 – Meg Salyer
2004 – Randy Hogan
2003 – John Michael Williams
2002 – Scott Rodgers & Steve Utley

President’s Award

2014 – Steve Lackmeyer
2009 –  Jim D. Brewer