Hobby Lobby launches OKC Passion Awards

The OKC Passion Awards, sponsored by Hobby Lobby is a red-carpet gala to celebrate extraordinary Oklahoma City ministries. The March 1 event is not a fundraiser, but rather an evening to recognize excellence in ministry and celebrate what God is doing in Oklahoma City.

“Oklahoma City has been fortunate to have had civic leaders who set big goals for our city,” said Mart Green, Chief Strategy Officer for Hobby Lobby. “That’s why we have the Riverwalk. That’s why we have a boat district and a professional basketball team. I’m all for those things, but what would it look like to set spiritual goals for our city? We see the OKC Passion Awards as a way Hobby Lobby can be a part of giving back to Oklahoma City and improving the spiritual climate of our community.”

Of the 88 ministries who applied, the applicants were narrowed down to 12 awardees. At the gala, ministries will receive grants of $10,000 with one receiving a $25,000 grant.

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

Local leaders serving on the steering committee identified five key outcomes they hope will be accomplished through the OKC Passion Awards:

• To recognize and reward excellence
• To be a platform to bring together churches, parachurch organizations, and resource partners
• To provide greater awareness of local ministries which can lead to new relationships, new donors, and new board members
• To establish a grant process that encourages ministries in their calling and helps them learn about governance, leadership, and finances
• To create a platform to bring greater unity that cultivates a spiritually healthier Oklahoma City

The 2018 OKC Passion Awards are on Thursday, March 1, at 6 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center. Ticket information is available at heartland.ncfgiving.com/2899. Registration deadline is Monday, February 19.