The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 16, 2013

Thumbs up to the grand openings at Enid Crossing


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to an influx of new retail stores opening at the former Homeland grocery site in Enid.

Last Sunday started with the grand opening of T.J.Maxx.

The store sells clothing, footwear, bedding, domestics, furniture and giftware.

“Enid came out — they always do,” store manager Danny Hamby said.

Thursday saw the grand opening of rue21 in the Enid Crossing shopping center.

The store, named “rue” for the French word “street,” specializes in young men and women’s apparel and accessories.

And animal lovers are eager for the grand opening of PetSmart right next door.

Let’s be sure to support all Enid businesses during this holiday season.

THUMBS UP

Thumbs up to the Cherokee Strip Community Foundation for its leadership role and the impact it has in the communities it serves.

The Cherokee Strip Foundation offers creative and rewarding ways to donate to the community, and some of those ways have significant tax advantages.

From inception through 2012, a total of $2,542,653 has been distributed from endowed funds at Cherokee Strip Community Foundation to more than 43 nonprofits.

An additional $4.5 million has been distributed from gift awards, for a total distribution of more than $7 million.

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity and vision of the foundation’s donors.

THUMBS UP

More thumbs up to Enid High School for being the ninth in the state to receive funds from a public-private partnership to improve students’ participation and outcomes in advanced placement classes.

The pep rally for academics included education officials, along with the national director of programs for the National Math and Science Initiative, attending the presentation of nearly half a million dollars.

EHS receives $450,000 from a combination of public funds and private donations from local businesses Dillingham Insurance, GEFCO and AdvancePierre.

NMSI boasts the number of students passing AP courses increased by more than two-thirds in the first year after implementing its programs.

THUMBS UP

Last, but not least, thumbs up to John D. Groendyke for his recent induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Groendyke is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Groendyke Transport, the fifth-largest motor carrier of bulk commodities in the United States.

Groendyke serves on the boards of OG&E Energy, Wentworth Military Academy Foundation and National Tank Truck Carriers.

He is serving his sixth term as an Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation commissioner.

Groendyke is a trustee of the Oklahoma Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and is a member of the board of Grand National Quail Foundation and Grand National Quail Club.