CELEBRATING LIBERTY, FREEDOM, AND FAITH
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12th at the H.V. FOSTER RANCH
The annual Foster Bonanza event is a special evening designed by OKWU’s Keating Center to champion the cause of the pioneer spirit of freedom, faith and liberty.
The highlight of this year’s event will be honoring the first Pioneers in Free Enterprise Fellows, to be inducted to the newly established “Pioneers Hall of Fame”. This designation will be given to honor key people who have been “pioneers” in the marketplace, the community and in the church.
We define a Pioneer Fellow as someone who is “a leader who opens or prepares—a way, a business or organization — and then opens it for occupation or development by others.” In other words, a pioneer goes first. Before everyone else. They are selfless, assertive and forward-thinking. A leader. And they are bridge builders, bringing others together and helping them flourish.
The evening will include dinner, music, honors and a brief live auction to provide support for the work of OKWU’s Keating Center and student scholarships.
INAUGURAL PIONEER INDUCTEES
KEVIN and DOREA POTTER
The Potters are long time members of the Bartlesville community and have been pioneers in the field of radio from the start. Kevin and Dorea married and owned and operated their first radio stations in Illinois before moving to Bartlesville where they now operate several stations and have started additional business ventures in cellular towers and more. They both have been involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) since college, have served on dozens of community boards and contributed greatly to the life of their community. Kevin currently serves on OKWU’s Foundation Board and Dorea is the force behind the Stonecroft Women’s Ministry for Bartlesville and many other organizatios. Both are members of Grace Community Church and have 3 sons, daughter-in-laws and granddaughters.
RICHARD and ALICE ADEE
Richard Adee was introduced early to beekeeping by his father and four uncles. Teachers by trade, they stumbled onto beekeeping as a way to supplement teaching salaries during the depression years. He married his high school sweetheart, Alice Bergstrom, in 1959. Together they worked to grow the company, branching into Cedar Rapids, Nebraska, in 1963 and into Clay Center, Kansas, in 1966. Adee expanded his South Dakota operation northward by purchasing a beekeeping operation in Roscoe in 1984 and westward with the purchases of additional operations in Kimball, Clark and Miller.
Today Adee Honey Farms is the largest commercial beekeeping operation in the country, with more than 80,000 bee colonies and nearly one-hundred employees. It operates facilities in five states and places bees in an additional five states for honey production or to provide pollination services. Adee’s two sons, Bret and Kelvin, their daughter, Marla, and three of their grandsons work for the company full-time.
Richard and Alice are long time members of the Sioux Falls Wesleyan Church and Alice served as an OKWU Board of Trustees member for 17 years. Upon her retiring from the Board, her daughter Marla joined as a Trustee in 2010. The newest dorm on the campus of OKWU will be named on the same day in their honor for their many years of service and generous giving to the University.
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Questions? Interested in Sponsoring an Honor Table? Contact Heather Utzman firstname.lastname@example.org or 918.335.6225