To help commemorate our 50th anniversary, we have started a new tradition to honor individuals who have shaped the direction of our agency. The CCFI Beacon Award recognizes those who’ve made a difference, in ways both large and small, and who truly carry out our mission to heal children, empower youth and strengthen families.
2019 Award Winners
CCFI is pleased to announce the very first group of Beacon Award recipients: Lynn Wendelbo, Robert “Bob” Staples, Jenny Brannon and Anne & Alan Brinkley. These individuals were honored at the 2019 Hands & Hearts fundraising luncheon, where they were each presented a beautiful custom piece of glass work created by Art Fusion Studio. To learn more about each Beacon Award winner, please view their profiles below.
LYNN is a retired play therapist who joined CCFI as a volunteer in the late 1980s. After falling in love with the agency’s mission, Lynn became a full-time employee who was instrumental in bringing play therapy practices to the counseling program. After her retirement, Lynn offered her professional services as a volunteer for many years and still remains an advocate for children and families.
BOB is an active community member who’s supported CCFI for more than a decade. Whether rain or shine, Bob volunteers weekly to manage CCFI’s recycling needs, all with a smile on his face. He is passionate about lending a helping hand and truly has a servant’s heart.
JENNY dedicates 10+ hours each week serving as the Boys & Girls Club of Norman Kids Café manager. Every day, she preps meals for at least 80 Club members, all while offering a shoulder to lean on. The Kids Café would not be able to run as smoothly as it does without her help and her assistance is both greatly needed and appreciated.
ANNE & ALAN are long-time agency advocates who have provided support in a multitude of ways. They have played a vital role in bringing new and innovative treatments to CCFI, with the most recent one being Trauma Drama. Their generosity, vision and selfless dedication has helped catapult the nonprofit to where it is today, and is what ultimately continues pushing the agency into bigger and better things.