CHC presents awards at SevenStar Gala
Cherokee Phoenix Executive Editor Brandon Scott accepts the Cherokee Heritage Center’s Stalwart Award during the SevenStar Gala on Oct. 20 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in Catoosa. The award recognizes significant contributions to the Cherokee Heritage Center’s success. COURTESY
CATOOSA – The Cherokee Heritage Center hosted its annual SevenStar Gala on Oct. 20 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
Four awards were given to recognize those who promote the Cherokee National Historical Society’s mission to preserve, promote and teach Cherokee history and culture.
Dr. Charles W. Grim received this year’s Contemporary Achievement Award. The award recognizes a Cherokee who is accomplished in a chosen field, has brought honor to the Cherokee people and serves as an inspiration for others.
Grim was chosen for his outstanding work in the health care field. He serves as the Cherokee Nation’s Health Services executive director. His duties include overseeing W.W. Hastings Hospital as well as eight Health Services clinics throughout the tribe’s jurisdictional area.
The tribe’s newspaper, the Cherokee Phoenix, was honored with the Stalwart Award for significant contributions to the CHC’s success. Executive Editor Brandon Scott accepted the award on behalf of the newspaper staff.
The monthly publication shares stories of the Cherokee people and the events and news that impact them. This year, the paper published a series on genealogy, which shared personal ancestry research of its staff members. The features highlighted the comprehensive services of the CHC’s Cherokee Family Research Center and helped the newspaper staff build relationships with readers.
The Warrior Award recognizes a CN citizen who has served in one of the United States’ uniformed services. This year’s honoree was John V. Paden.
Paden grew up in Park Hill and earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of San Diego. He served four years in the U. S. Navy, two of which were spent in the Submarine Service.
Following his service, Paden began working for the CN, where he recently retired as security manager. Paden’s military pledge of honor, courage and commitment fueled his service to both his country and his 20-year career with the tribe.
Cherokee artist Bill Glass Jr. was honored with the Tradition Bearer Award for achievements in preserving Cherokee traditions through crafts, history and/or storytelling. He is known for experimenting with various techniques and materials.
Working from his home studio near Locust Grove, he not only mastered his craft, but also further developed his talents in ceramics, sculpture and custom glazes.
CHC also recognized Roger Phelan with its inaugural Volunteer of the Year award. Phelan has volunteered more than 500 hours so far this year at the CHC. He can be found almost daily welcoming visitors and assisting them with their genealogy researches.
In addition to the awards, the gala hosted a silent auction featuring various mixed-medium arts and one-on-one art classes led by Cherokee National Treasures Jane Osti, Vivian Garner Cottrell and Tonia Hogner-Weavel.
Weavel also joined Cherokee artists MaryBeth Timothy and Matthew Anderson to provide art demonstrations. Upon completion, each item was auctioned to the audience to raise additional funds for the organization.
The CHC is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill.