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Lawton, Oklahoma

May 28-31, 2015

Elmer Thomas Park

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UPCOMING EVENT
Anita Arnold
Exceeding Expectations Against Devastating Odds: A Throwback to the "Good old days"

Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 2:00 P.M.

Cameron University Library, Lawton, OK

Since 1991, Anita Arnold has served as Executive Director of BLAC, Inc. Ms. Arnold is a former executive of the U.S. Postal Service where she had the responsibility for national information systems for Real Estate and Buildings of the Postal Service. She was the second highest level female Postal Service executive in the country. Ms. Arnold is a retired district manager of AT&T Consumer Products where she managed a $1.8 billion product line of purchased data products and is owner of Investment Brokerage Company and Argos properties. She is the recipient of the coveted Governor's Arts Award and the Pathmakers of Oklahoma City/County Award. She was a member of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Advisory committee for three years. She received the 2010 Oklahoma Human Rights Award. She is author of four cultural history books: "Charlie and the Deuce," "Legendary Times and Tales of Second Street," "The Charlie Christian Photo Album" and "Oklahoma City Music: Deep Deuce and Beyond."

Other distinguished achievements include: Member of the Democratic Site Selection Committee for the 1988 Democratic Convention held in Atlanta, GA. Member of task force that created the AT&T Foundation in 1984. Appointed by Mayor Ron Norick to serve on task force to create the Oklahoma National Memorial and served as Co-chair of the Archives Committee. She is founder of the AT&T employee organization The Alliance, established in 1983 that has a membership of over 10,000 members nationwide. Ms. Arnold is one of the Uncrowned Queens of Oklahoma and was instrumental in the publication of this book of state-wide "sheroes." In 2012, she was selected as Multi-Cultural Citizen of the Year by the Multi-Cultural Institute of Oklahoma and is a recipient of the Delta Kappa Gamma State 2012 Creative Women of Oklahoma Award.

Celebrating 45 Years of Diversity Through Artistic Excellence

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Anita G. Arnold

January 12, 2015(405) 524-3800

Charlie Christian International Music Festival Announces Venue

Anita Arnold, Executive Director of BLAC, Inc., producer of the Charlie Christian International Music Festival, announced today that the 2015 festival will be held in Lawton's Elmer Thomas Park and other venues to be determined during the week of May 28-31st.

She said that last year's event at Fairmont Creamery was a good experience for launching the event and provided a wonderful opportunity to get to know people and places in the city. "It is time to expand and move closer to the 100th anniversary of Charlie Christian in 2016. We have a goal of 100,000 people for the celebration. Elmer Thomas Park will allow us to spread our wings as we plan and implement over the next year. The park setting is reminiscent of the experience of the festival at the height of its popularity when it drew approximately 40,000 people over two days in the heart of the Deep Deuce area of Oklahoma City."

Arnold is satisfied that Lawton festival attendees had a good time from the introduction of the event and want more. The 30th annual event started to take shape last fall when the Lawton-Ft. Sill City Council approved the return of the event following the Memorial Day weekend. Lead sponsors, BancFirst, the Lawton Constitution and the Oklahoma Arts Council, remewed commitment for sponsorships and others are expected to join them. Another festival highlight is included in the Oklahoma Tourism's January/February issue of Oklahoma Today magazine.

A call for vendors is expected within the next few days. The public will be notified. For more information, call (405) 524-3800.

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