Community service was on display last week at the reception announcing the 2019 Pillar of the Plains.
The four honorees, Carmen Ball, George Davis, Roxanne Pollard and Myra Ward, certainly exemplify the spirit of giving back to your community. Together, they have devoted years of service to Enid and its people.
Myra Ward, the 2019 Pillar of the Plains, was an outstanding choice. Being a Pillar runs in her family, as her late husband, Lew, also was named Pillar of the Plains.
The Wards’ support of Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is one of their most visible signs of their commitment to our community. In 2006, they launched the campaign to finance creation of the Heritage Center, eventually raising more than $10 million.
Myra Ward’s generosity often has been directed toward education, including support for both OU and OSU, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and Enid Public Schools. Her mother, Thelma Gungoll, was instrumental in supporting Youth & Family Services, and Myra continues that support today.
The Wards also gave $1 million to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in 2006 to create an endowed chair in biomedical research.
The other honorees certainly are no slouches when it comes to supporting Enid.
Ball is executive director of the nonprofit Hedges Regional Speech & Hearing Center and serves on several boards of community organizations. She’s spent the past six years as Gaslight Theatre treasurer, has served on Enid Arts Council board for the past 10 years and has a seat on the Autry Technology Center board, to name just a few of her volunteering activities. She is a member of Enid Noon AMBUCS.
Davis, the son of Leo Jack Davis, founder of the successful Jack Davis Equipment Co., would say he’s been “lucky.” He’s had a life of means and opportunity afforded to few, and he’s wielded that good fortune for good causes. Adams Elementary School, Community Development Support Association and Loaves & Fishes are just a few local beneficiaries.
Pollard, the wife of Pillar Dr. Barry Pollard, has served as the president of Community Development Support Association, helped found and served on the board of Loaves & Fishes, is a past president of YWCA Enid, past board member of Rural Health Projects, longtime member of Garfield County 4-H and FFA Livestock Premium Sale Board, served on the Women for OSU Council scholarship committee and is a current member of the board of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
Enid is blessed to be home to many people who give so much of their time and money to better the community.
We congratulate Myra Ward for being named Pillar of the Plains, and congratulate the other honorees, as well. Enid is a much better place because of their contributions.