FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tulsa, Okla. -- April 21st, 2015 -- Brady Heights Neighborhood Association is happy to announce the awarding of its highest honor, the Wess and Cathryn Young Community Service Award, to former resident Michelle Barnett. The award was accepted by Michelle's husband, Richard, at the organization's general membership meeting on April 18th, 2015.
Mrs. Barnett was the President of Brady Heights Neighborhood Association about 10 years ago. Prior to her election to that position, the dream of having monuments and artwork on traffic calming devices to slow vehicles on North Denver Avenue was just that: a dream. An engineer by background, Mrs. Barnett believed that this dream needed to become a reality. She wrote the grant application to get Vision 2025 funds to complete the Arts Parkway installations at the traffic median at Fairview and Denver and at the traffic circle at Marshall and Denver.
Mrs. Barnett also added the concept of using solar powered streetlights in Brady Heights, where four such lights were installed using Tulsa's Vision 2025 Fund Neighborhood Grants, building off her professional and business interest in sustainability and low impact development.
Outside of Brady Heights, Mrs. Barnett has also been a Board President of Tulsa Partners, Inc. She is currently the co-chair of Tulsa Partners Millennium Center Steering Committee and is also a past recipient of Tulsa Partners' Don McCarthy Millennium Award for Sustainability. Mrs. Barnett has also written about and spoken for the need for low impact development, stormwater management, and permaculture. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Crossover Community Impact.
The Wess and Cathryn Young Community Service Award is given for long-term service to the Brady Heights neighborhood and the community. The recipient does not have to be a resident of the neighborhood. Nominations can be submitted by anyone, and the Brady Heights Board of Directors votes to determine the recipient. The award is named for the first President of Brady Heights (1980-1983) and his wife, who both worked actively to develop the Brady Heights Neighborhood Association as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, to get Brady Heights on the National Register of Historic Places, and to promote revitalization of the neighborhood. Wess Young was a Tulsa Race Riot survivor and traveled around the country speaking about the event; he was also one of the founding members of the Tulsa Preservation Commission. Mr. and Mrs. Young were both inducted into the Oklahoma Neighborhood Hall of Fame in August of 2002.
Brady Heights Neighborhood Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which was incorporated in 1980 to serve the residents of the Brady Heights Historic District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Its officers, board directors, and members work together to undertake projects which improve the neighborhood and preserve its unique character for future generations.
For further information, contact:
Brian Parker, President, firstname.lastname@example.org