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Nonprofit notes: Heart of the City charitable giving campaign, The Right Horse Initiative, Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Mother of the Year, Black History Month Art Contest

City employees pledge $520K to local charities

City of Oklahoma City employees pledged to donate $520,069 through the 2020 Heart of the City charitable giving campaign.

The campaign benefits four federations: Allied Arts, Community Health Charities, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and United Way of Central Oklahoma. Employees directed their giving to over 100 local nonprofit organizations that make up the four federations.

Of the city’s 5,356 employees, 2,589 made pledges or donated cash and 308 employees pledged to give more than $500. Employees also raised money through silent auctions, bake sales, raffles, rallies and other events.

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OCU program partners with equine welfare group

Oklahoma City University’s Nonprofit Leadership program is partnering with The Right Horse Initiative, a program of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The partnership will connect the university’s nonprofit expertise with The Right Horse Initiative’s industry pioneers and adoption partners to promote equine welfare across the country.

The Nonprofit Leadership team will provide training and support to equine adoption organizations that partner with The Right Horse Initiative. This partnership commits the time, talent and resources to promote horse adoption on a national level.

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Fashion show benefit highlights beauty of Down syndrome

EDMOND — Edmond North High School’s Bring a Light to Others (BALTO) Week will host a fashion show benefiting the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at Edmond North High School Auditorium, 215 W Danforth Road.

The first fashion show of this kind will showcase 21 models with Down syndrome. Each model will be accompanied by an Edmond North student as they walk down the runway. Guests can bid on the outfits for each model to keep. Silent auction items also will be up for bidding.

Tickets are available at for $20. Preregistration is required. To ensure everyone’s safety, COVID-19 precautions will be in place. For more information, go to and

75th Oklahoma Mother of the Year chosen

Mautra Staley Jones was recently announced as the 2021 Oklahoma Mother of the Year. She is the 75th woman in Oklahoma history to hold this honor.

Jones serves numerous organizations through her educational, community and organizational experience. She serves as vice president for institutional advancement and external affairs at Langston University and is the executive director of the Langston University Foundation.

Jones, along with honorees from other states, will be recognized during the 86th National Convention of American Mothers in May. For more information, go to

Voting opens in Black History Month art contest

Public voting is now open in UScellular’s second annual Black History Month Art Contest with the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County.

Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County members created artwork in recognition of influential Black people, including historical figures, world leaders, athletes and celebrities. All artwork submitted is featured online and voting is open through Feb. 28.

The top three will be announced in March and will receive prizes. Anyone 18 or older can vote for their favorite by going to and selecting Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County.

— Erica Smith, for The Oklahoman