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Whitney Young Awards

The 2020 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Awards

whitney_youngThe Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award is named on behalf of Whitney M. Young, Jr., a prominent social reformer and civil rights leader. Born July 31, 1922, in Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky, he earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota in 1947. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969. Young worked quietly to improve African-American workplace and community conditions. The national Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award is designed to recognize “unsung heroes” – those who do exceptional service for disadvantaged youth. The mission of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award Luncheon is to celebrate community resources in support of the Scouting Program for at-risk youth, and further provide experiences that develop self-esteem, character values, and life skills thereby.

2020 Recipients

The Honorable G.T. Bynum, Mayor of Tulsa

Jeff Dunn, President & CEO – Mill Creek Lumber & Supply Co.

Xavier Villarreal, CEO – Hillcrest Medical Center

Frank Robson

Stephen Curry, CEO – Gateway First Bank

Larry D. Pinkston, President & CEO – Unit Corporation

John Rothrock, President & CEO – Yale Cleaners


Mark Graham

2020 Awards Photos



Sponsorship Levels

  • $5,000 | Premium Seating for 10, Supports 27 Scouts for a Full Year
  • $2,500 | Premium Seating for 8, Supports 13 Scouts for a Full Year
  • $1,000 | Includes Seating for 8, Supports 5 Scouts for a Full Year
  • $200 | Includes Seating for 3, Supports 1 Scout for a Full Year
  • $75 | Individual Ticket, Supports Continued Services & Programs for Youth


Chris Guthrie, (918) 743-6125



Past Award Recipients

James F. Adelson, Nadel and Gussman Marquay Baul
Arvest Bank Sanjay Meshri, Advance Research Chemicals, Inc.
Bank of America Marsha Mitchell, The Little Light House
Barbara & Thomas E. Naugle Marvin Blades
Bill John Baker, Principal Chief Cherokee Nation Melinda Stinnett, Stinnett & Associates
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma Melton Truck Lines
Mathew A. Brainerd, Brainerd Chemicals Company, Inc. Michael Johnson, Williams Company
Carlisle Mabrey, Citizens Security Bank Millard House II, Tulsa Public Schools
Honorable Judge Carlos Chappelle Muscogee Creek Nation
Dr. Cathy Burden, Retired Superintendent Union Public Schools The Nordam Group, Inc.
Chadwick Smith, Principal Chief Charokee Nation ONEOK, Inc.
Reverend Clarence Boyd Owasso Community Resources
Community Service Council Pat Baldwin, KTUL
City Councilman Jack Henderson, District 1 Paula Marshall, Bama Companies
City Year Ray Driscoll, Tulsa Fire Department
County Wide Gang Task Force Richard Boone, St. John Health System Foundation
Joseph W. Craft, III Foundation Rotary Club of Tulsa
Honorable Judge David Winslow, District Court Family Law Sarah and John Graves
Dick Williamson, T.D. Williamson, Inc. Mr. Stan Gardner, Scoutmaster & Community Volunteet
Family & Children’s Services Sheriff Stanley Glanz
Gospel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ Dr. Tom Mckeon, Tulsa Community College
The Grace & Franklin Bernsen Foundation Tony Brown
The Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Tulsa Area United Way
Greenwood Cultural Center Tulsa Boys Home
Hannibal Johnson Tulsa Community Foundation
Hardesty Family Foundation, Inc. Tulsa Metro Chamber
Mr. Henry Zarrow Tulsa Metro Drugs & Violent Crimes Task Force
Howard Bennett, OSU Tulsa Tulsa’s Young Professionals
Jeff Reasor, Reasor’s Wayman L. Tisdale Foundation
Dr. Keith Ballard, Tulsa Public Schools Wesley Mitchell
Kevin Sartorius, Catholic Charities William K. Warren Foundation
KJRH Food 2 Families Posthumously, Adina and Ivan Williams, Williams Construction
Larry Mocha Yolanda Charney, Community Advocate
Lester Shaw, Pocket Full of Hope Youth Services of Tulsa
Mark Walker, Spirit AeroSystems Zink Family Foundations