The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 27, 2013

Choices for 2013 Enid Pillar of the Plains award narrowed down to 4 people

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The past week, we’ve seen some shining examples of volunteerism in Enid.

The News & Eagle has profiled the four finalists for the 2013 Pillar of the Plains award. The News & Eagle and its community partners created the award to recognize individuals who go that extra mile to benefit our city.

The four finalists this year are Dr. Barbara Whinery, Mary Laster-Porter, Ken Corbin and Gail Wynne.

One of them will be chosen during a reception Jan. 9 as the Pillar of the Plains. The reception will be 5:30-7 p.m. at Convention Hall.

The chosen person will join the distinguished list of Pillar of the Plains recipients: Bert Mackie, Lee Thompson, Janet Cordell, Lew Ward, Dr. Charles Ogle, Becky Cummings, Dr. Jerry Blankenship, April Danahy, Doug Frantz and Martie Oyler.

Whinery, a family physician, is a driving force behind 4RKids Foundation, which provides opportunities for people with special needs.

Laster-Porter is a volunteer with Booker T. Washington Community Center’s after-school program, which provides assistance with homework, a meal and other activities.

Corbin, an Enid architect, has designed many buildings and helped with remodeling of many more, including Garfield County Court House, StarTek and Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse. He also volunteers on boards of many organizations.

Wynne works hard in the effort to feed the hungry. She helped start Enid Food for Kids, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s food backpack program for chronically hungry school kids locally. Now, she is working hard to support Loaves and Fishes, a nonprofit food pantry in Enid.

These four people are by no means the only people in Enid who give of their time volunteering for worthy endeavors. We are a community of volunteers.

These four were chosen from the nominees for Pillar of the Plains as standing out among a group of standouts. Enid is a better place because they call this community home.