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Most Powerful Women: Winners announced in People’s Choice polls

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The votes came pouring in for our People’s Choice poll.
We printed the 2019 ballott in the Oct. 25 edition of OKC FRIDAY and also posted it on Facebook.
In newspaper voting, for which respondents sent in or brought their copy to our offices, Mo Anderson, co-owner of Keller Williams Realty, was named OKC’s Most Powerful Woman.
The runners-up were Sherry Rhodes, vice president of the development for the St. Anthony Foundation, and Tsinena Thompson, president and CEO of the Oklahoma Lawyers for Children who came in second and third.

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C4K: A pair of shoes can change a life

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Sometimes something as small as a pair of shoes can make a big difference.
“Some people look at it like it’s a pair of shoes, but there is a story behind them and a life that’s being changed,” Cleats 4 Kids Executive Director Stacy McDaniel said.
Stacy and Mark McDaniel decided that was true as they cleaned out their garage in 2011 and found sporting equipment their three children, Cole, Josh and Meghan had outgrown. They knew those basketball shoes, soccer cleats and football gear could help another kid whose families couldn’t afford sports equipment.

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FRIDAY’s Dog of the Week: Kevin

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This is Kevin. He is 2-years-old and very energetic and he loves to chew on bones.
He loves to play with his best friend Mercy and has a sister named Scout. Kevin’s human is Grayson Crum.
Email Dog of the Week, Baby of the Week and Cat of the Week submissions to rose@okcfriday.com. Submissions are used in the order they are received.

Sponsored by Paulette and Leo Kingston of WePayFast.com

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Arnall Family Foundation: Helping to solve community problems

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Four years ago, when Sue Ann Arnall started the Arnall Family Foundation, she began asking experts how they would solve certain community problems in specific areas.
Since then, the foundation and Arnall individually have focused on those solutions, forming partnerships with people and agencies that are improving outcomes for foster children, improving the lives of animals and lowering the incarceration rate in the state.

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The seat at the dinner table is the most important one for Kari

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Amidst preparing for the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred Murrah building and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, it is family-first for Executive Director Kari Watkins.
For Kari, that family is son Ford, 17, who is a senior at Casady School, daughter Caroline, who is almost 16 a sophomore at Casady, and husband, Hardy, who is vice president of marketing and communications for INTEGRIS.
“We try to have dinner around the table most nights of the week,” she said.

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OKC National Memorial is Looking Back • Thinking Forward

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While continuing to “Look Back,” the OKC National Memorial and Museum has a renewed mission to “Think Forward.”
April 19, 2020 will be the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah Building and memorial leaders say we stand at a turning point. The new “Looking Back • Thinking Forward” logo is designed to help people to envision the path ahead.

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Business owners irked by Britton construction delays

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Village business owners expressed their concerns to the city council after the road project to reconstruct Britton Road between Penn and May Avenue has caused them to close their business.
Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler owners Rick and David Haynes said business at their restaurant, located on Britton Road, has dropped 50 percent. He said when traffic was directed from May Avenue to Penn Avenue, business only dropped about 20 percent, but when Britton Road is closed, business declines.
In the meantime, the owners closed the restaurant for remodeling.

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‘Paw’sing to help

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Goliath does his part as the men and women of Village Baptist Church make bedrolls out of shopping bags to share with the homeless. They cut up the bags, loop the strips and then crochet. Each time Karen Fisher is crocheting, Goliath climbs up on her work and sits quietly, purring and watching as each stitch makes his soft spot bigger and bigger.