Current Initiative: Stillwater Strong Memorial
Four days following the OSU Homecoming tragedy, Tulsa architect Gary Sparks offered to design a memorial to honor both those who perished, those who were injured and those who aided in the victim’s recovery. Gary said he would donate his design efforts and in less than one month a design was created. The City of Stillwater staff designated a piece of city-owned property directly across the street north of the crash site.
On Monday, October 10, 2016, the Stillwater Community Foundation (SCF) received an overview of the Stillwater Strong Fund*, from which $485,000 was distributed to crash victims. Following that presentation, the Stillwater Community Foundation's Advisory Board voted to accept the Stillwater Strong Memorial concept as a charitable project for the purpose of constructing the memorial on the city owned property. The City of Stillwater has agreed to provide land, construction elements, continued maintenance and care for the memorial location once constructed.
This charitable effort led by the SCF will be dedicated to Stillwater citizens and those personally and physically impacted by the OSU Homecoming tragedy on Saturday, October 24, 2015. Charitable gifts in support of the Stillwater Strong Memorial can be made to the Stillwater Community Foundation Operating Fund at Communities Foundation of Oklahoma**. The goal is to raise $100,000 for this effort.
Donate by visiting www.cfok.org/stillwater
Notes: *The Stillwater Strong Fund was managed by the Stillwater Medical Center Foundation, a separate nonprofit organization not connected to the Stillwater Community Foundation or the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, and has disbursed 100% of the funds to victims of the Homecoming tragedy. **The Stillwater Community Foundation exists as a group of component funds of Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, a 501(c)(3) public charity. All contributions to any component fund are irrevocable and become the sole property of the CFO. The assets of any component fund will, at all times, be the property of CFO, held by CFO in its corporate capacity as a component part of CFO in accordance with Treasury Regulation Section 1.170A-9(f)(11)(ii).