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nnie Jones Gray and Virginia Spencer of the Great Plains Improvement Foundation, Inc. are pictured with the “Promise of Community Action” that the agency emphasizes in commemoration of its 50th anniversary. The anniversary celebration will be a Community Action Family Fun Day to be staged from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Friendship Pentecostal Church Family Life Center, 1408 SW Pennsylvania. There will be free food and drinks served along with children’s games and various agencies will have information...

Improvement Foundation to mark 50 years

Celebration slated Saturday

“Come out and enjoy the festivities and visit the organizations that will have information about services. It’s a great community project.” ODELL GUNTER, GREAT PLAINS IMPROVEMENT FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBER

The Great Plains Improvement Foundation will celebrate its 50th anniversary of service to Comanche County by sponsoring a Community Action Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Friendship Pentecostal Church Family Life Center, 1408 SW Pennsylvania.

The event will include free food, drinks, games and valuable information from community organizations. Those nonprofit social service organizations will have booths to share information and resources with those in attendance.

"We partnered with three churches to celebrate," said Annie Jones Gray, foundation chairperson. "And those churches are in the heart of the Lawton View area."

Those churches include Friendship Pentecostal Holiness Church, Friendship Baptist Church and New Jerusalem Baptist Church. Other sponsors of the event include He and I Construction, Starfire Electric LLC, AA Computer Service, Inc., J.T. Neal Insurance, Insurica, BancFirst, Apache Casino Hotel and Bingo Country.

"Our main purpose is to celebrate 50 years of service to children and families," Gray said. "We thought there was no better way to celebrate than to bring it to the heart of the community."

Odell Gunter was a longtime director of the agency for 15 years from 1992 until his retirement in 2007. He said the agency has done a lot of good in providing services for those who need them. Gunter currently serves the Great Plains Improvement Foundation, Inc. as a member of the board of directors.

"It's a good feeling that we can assist the citizens of Comanche County," he said. "We are fortunate to have served our less fortunate residents over the past 50 years."

Gunter said he enjoyed his years of service with the agency.

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