$145,000 Awarded to 12 nonprofits – OKC Passion Awards

OKLAHOMA CITY – The OKC Passion Awards, sponsored by Hobby Lobby, hosted a red-carpet event Thursday evening, March 1, at the Cox Convention Center. Twelve extraordinary Oklahoma City ministries were recognized. Each of the winners received a $10,000 grant, while one was selected as the top-prize winner to receive a $25,000 grant. The OKC Passion Awards were happy to announce that No Boundaries International was selected as the top prize winner.

No Boundaries International is a nonprofit dedicated to bringing light and hope to those in the midst of devastation. The organization responds to both natural and manmade disasters by meeting basic needs and provides inner healing, medical care, and discipleship. There to receive the award on behalf of No Boundaries International were co-founders Dr. Lori Basey and Sandy Orchard.

Nearly 1,200 attendees came to be part of the celebration. Attendees included community members, nonprofit leaders, local church pastors and congregants, and business leaders.

“There are a lot of amazing nonprofits making a difference in our city,” said Mart Green, Chief Strategy Officer for Hobby Lobby. “The Passion Awards provide an opportunity to bring the community together for the purpose of honoring and celebrating the impact of these organizations.”

Of the 88 ministries who applied, the applicants were narrowed down to 12 awardees. The event provided a platform to recognize excellence in ministry and mission happening in Oklahoma City.

The 2018 awardees are:

Arise Ministries
Community Renewal
Hope is Alive
Hope Pregnancy Center
Hope House OKC
Little Light Christian School
Ministries of Jesus
No Boundaries International
OKC Dream Center
Peaceful Family Solutions
Stand in the Gap Ministries
Dragonfly Home

“I think people walked away from the event saying, ‘I had no idea God was doing so much in our city,’” said Green.

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., an Oklahoma City-based private corporation, began as Greco, a miniature picture frame company in 1970. When David Green moved his business from the family home to a 300 square-foot retail space in 1972, Hobby Lobby was born. It is the nation’s largest privately-owned arts and crafts retailer.