The bronze award features a sculpture of a tree because “trees inspire our creativity,” Pitchlynn said.
Molly Shi Boren accepted the award on behalf of the university’s landscaping department and spoke passionately about the importance of trees.
“They do all the work. David and I are just the cheerleaders,” she said.
Mrs. Boren also encouraged the city to keep its arborist position in the city budget. She said she had recently learned that the vacant position may be eliminated from the budget.
“It sends a message that trees are not that important,” she said. “It’s very important to tourism.”
She called on the mayor, city council and city manager to keep the position.
Tourism awards were presented by Transcript Executive Editor Andy Rieger, one of the judges of this year’s contest. Winners were:
· Hospitality: Montford Inn Bed and Breakfast and the NCED Conference Center and Hotel
· Top Attraction: Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
· Best Festival or Event: Jazz in June
Legend’s Restaurant catered the event, and Michael Bendure, Kyle Reid and a troupe from the Sooner Theatre provided musical entertainment.