The Annie Oakley Society

The Annie Oakley Society Luncheon

June 12, 2014

Pat Summitt and Kristin Chenoweth to be Honored by The Annie Oakley Society at Annual Luncheon Supporting Museum Educational Programs

OKLAHOMA CITY - The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is proud to announce Pat Summitt as the Lifetime Achievement Award honoree and Kristin Chenoweth as The Annie Oakley Society Award honoree at the fourth annual luncheon fundraiser on June 12 in the Sam Noble Special Events Center. The Society gathers to celebrate women who demonstrate leadership and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Great American West.

Summitt was the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer basketball team and is now "head coach emeritus." At the helm for 38 seasons, she is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history for men's and women's teams. Summitt is known for being forthright, well-respected, ethical and a winner who serves as a shining example in the sport of collegiate basketball. Summitt was voted the 11th best coach of all-time by The Sporting News and was the only woman on the list. On August 22, 2011, Summitt raised the bar on courage as she bravely revealed the toughest opponent she will ever have to battle, early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

Chenoweth, an Emmy and Tony Award winner and Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee, effortlessly transitions between stage, television, film and an accomplished singing career with the captivating grace that only she can project. Chenoweth's New York Times best seller, "A Little Bit Wicked," told the story of her hard work and determination to succeed with the memorable quote "Life's too short, I'm not!" In addition to these accomplishments, Chenoweth formed a charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BA PAC) Foundation in her home town of Oklahoma. The mission of the BA PAC Foundation is to bring the world of visual and performing arts to Broken Arrow. Chenoweth will join the luncheon by satellite to accept her award.

"In harmony with Annie Oakley's tradition of cherishing families and helping others, proceeds through membership in The Annie Oakley Society are combined to fund the renovation of the children's area of the Museum," said Oklahoma's former first lady Cathy Keating. "Future plans to support improvements in other areas of the Museum will ensure its future as a place where families can learn and cherish the West, as well as honor Annie's lifelong commitment to her family and education."

The Annie Oakley Society, co-founded by Keating and Lynn Friess, has added a new dimension to the museum by honoring and raising awareness of outstanding women of the West. The Society has raised more than $2.5 million to date to be used for educational improvements. Presenting sponsors are Hobby Lobby and The Chickasaw Nation. Additional sponsors include Eventures Corporate Event Productions, Express Employment Professionals and Express Ranches, American Energy Partners, Petroleum Club, Oklahoma City University and New Leaf Floral.

Membership into The Annie Oakley Society includes seating at the luncheon and nonmembers are invited to attend for $150 each. With multiple levels of membership starting at $250 annually, The Annie Oakley Society has a niche for all women, including a special category for those under 40. Honoree appearance at the event is pending scheduling availability.
For reservations or to inquire about membership into The Annie Oakley Society, please call the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum at (405) 478-2250, Ext. 256