Treasures For Tomorrow 2014

15 Year Special Anniversary Celebration!

Oklahoma Health Center Foundation Announces its 2014 Treasures For Tomorrow Honorees

OKLAHOMA CITY—The Oklahoma Health Center Foundation announced five Oklahomans as its 2014 Treasures For Tomorrow honorees. This year’s honorees include Dr. Bob and Debbie Blackburn, Dr. John and Sharon Bozalis, and Russell Perry. They will be honored at the 15th annual Treasures For Tomorrow celebration set for Thursday, September 25, at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with a reception followed by the awards dinner. The Jean I. Everest Foundation is the presenting sponsor. 

The Treasures For Tomorrow honor pays tribute to individuals whose passion for life, courage and inspiring actions serve as a model for quality values and goodness in our community. Teresa Rose and Mary Melon are co-chairs for the event. 

Dr. Bob and Debbie Blackburn

Oklahoma Visionaries

Bob is the executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society. Through his efforts, he led the way to fund and construct the 215,000 square foot Oklahoma History Center. This world class museum is located adjacent to the state Capitol building. Bob met Debbie in a Civil War class while at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. While working on his doctorate, he wrote his first history book. He joined the historical society as editor of “The Chronicles of Oklahoma,” a state history journal and became executive director in 1999. Bob is a popular speaker delivering more than a thousand lectures over the years. He is the author of 18 books on Oklahoma history. Debbie served 12 years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives representing District 88. While in the House, Debbie served as Chair of Appropriations for Education and Chair of Banking and Finance. Her grassroots public service efforts included serving as president of her neighborhood association and as executive director of the Neighborhood Alliance for several years. She founded the Paseo Redevelopment Corporation, one of the earliest sanctioned neighborhood revitalization projects in Oklahoma City.  Debbie is currently serving on the Modern Streetcar Public Information and Marketing Committee for the City of Oklahoma City.   

Dr. John and Sharon Bozalis

Dedicated Community Volunteers

John Bozalis, M.D., retired in 2012 from the medical practice his father founded, now known as the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic (OAAC). After serving in the Air Force as a Major, he joined the OAAC staff in 1973. He co-founded the University of Oklahoma Medical School Evening of Excellence and served as General Chairman for 20 years, which annually recognizes a community and physician leader in Oklahoma for their contributions to the Oklahoma Health Center and is now in its 30th year. He also founded and served as the chairman of the board Schools for Healthy Lifestyles which teaches health, fitness and nutrition to more than 18,000 elementary school children throughout Oklahoma. John has served on these boards including University of Oklahoma Foundation, Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, United Way of Greater Oklahoma City, and Dean McGee Eye Institute among many others. Sharon has been actively involved in the community for many years. She was president of the Medical Alliance, and served as co-chair of the Evening of Excellence Dinner, Oklahoma City Museum of Art Renaissance Ball, American Heart Association Heart Ball and the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation. She was a volunteer for mobile meals at All Souls Church for more than 30 years. About 10 years ago, she began oil painting and has displayed her impressionist style of art at shows all over the metro area.

Russell Perry

Pioneer Communicator

Russell Perry started his own publication, the Black Chronicle, in 1979 and today it is the largest weekly paid newspaper in Oklahoma. In 1993, he purchased his first radio station and Perry Publishing & Broadcasting now owns 20 stations in Oklahoma, Georgia and South Carolina. As the largest privately-owned communications company in the state, his company is also the largest black-owned independent broadcasting company in the nation. He is the majority principal of the First Security Bank & Trust Company. Perry also served as Secretary of Commerce during Frank Keating’s administration and has served as a member of the Oklahoma Development Finance Authority, Oklahoma Industrial Finance Authority and the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority.







Treasures For Tomorrow event proceeds and generous donors have raised significant funds for beautification projects across the Oklahoma Health Center campus. Funds raised 2012 through 2014 are dedicated to a public art project, “Spirit” by Matthew Placzek. The artwork fea­tures bronze statues and a series of brightly-colored kites that are illuminated at night. It stands as a warm welcome for the countless children who receive their care at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center and OU Children’s Physicians outpatient clinics that is now located in front of The Children’s Hospital. Completed projects include two public art projects, “Ten Bronze Standing Flowers” at the Stephenson Cancer Center, and “New Horizons,” located in front of the Dean McGee Eye Institute. Other projects were the Founder’s Plaza at Stiles Park featuring the Beacon of Hope, Jimmy Everest Garden Walk and the Live Oak Grove. Details and photos of each project appear on the Oklahoma Health Center website.

The Treasures For Tomorrow event will begin with a reception and musical entertainment, followed by dinner and the awards presentation. Tickets are $275 per person and sponsorships are also available. For more information about Treasures For Tomorrow, contact the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation at 405-271-2200 or visit


The Oklahoma Health Center is a consortium of 23 private, educational, governmental and nonprofit organizations, located on nearly 300 acres just south of the Capitol complex in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Health Center collectively employs more than 12,500 people and contributes $3 billion to the Oklahoma economy on an annual basis.  These organizations represent the areas of patient care, research, technology, education and community support with the common goal of improving health and creating high-tech jobs in Oklahoma and the nation. Visit for more information.



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