The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 11, 2014

2013 Pillar of the Plains is a well-deserved honor for Wynne


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Gail Wynne admits she hit the jackpot with her parents.

Wynne, the daughter of former Oklahoma Gov. Henry Bellmon and his wife, Shirley, realizes she owes a lot to them.

“My parents set a good example for public service, and you just have a heart for it,” Wynne said. “It’s the right thing to do.”

Wynne has a generous heart, and she didn’t coast on her parents’ reputation alone.

As a volunteer with Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and as a board member on its foundation for 10 years, she’s been the driving force behind Loaves and Fishes — a nonprofit in Enid funded by the RFB.

For her compassionate tasks and projects to better our community, Wynne was recognized Thursday night as the 2013 Pillar of the Plains.

Thank you for going above and beyond with your dedicated leadership, Gail. This is a well-deserved honor.

Wynne joined Pillar of the Plains honorees — renowned architect Ken Corbin, civil rights activist and mentor Mary Laster-Porter and 4R Kids Foundation co-founder Dr. Barbara Whinery — at the standing-room-only reception at the Nick Benson Ballroom on the 2nd floor of Convention Hall.

“Friends, community members and role models for all of us,” Enid News & Eagle Publisher Jeff Funk called them.

The News & Eagle, along with community partners, created the Pillar of the Plains award to honor local people who have been active in the community.

Previous Pillars of the Plains are Bert Mackie, Lee Thompson, Janet Cordell, Lew Ward, Dr. Charles Ogle, Becky Cummings, Dr. Jerry Blankenship, April Danahy, Doug Frantz and Martie Oyler.

Thank you, Pillars, for improving our quality of life.