OEC Foundation board grants over $48,000 to local organizations, families

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The OEC Foundation, Inc. board of directors met May 1 and distributed over $48,000 to local nonprofit organizations and families in OEC's seven-county service area via Operation Round Up® (ORU). Bridges of Norman, Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation and Norman Lions Club received the largest grants — valued at $10,000 each.

The board also granted $7,500 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for terminally ill children, and $3,500 to the National Weather Museum and Science Center for audio/video enhancements for its traveling weather museum. The Newcastle Police Department received $3,000 for body cameras, and the Newcastle Special Olympics team received $1,500 for equipment needed to compete in the Special Olympics.

Six families received assistance with a variety of needs, including dentures, eye exams, glasses, a new water heater and fence repair.

The next meeting is scheduled for June 21, applications are due June 4 and can be found at www.okcoop.org/ORU.