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Ann Simmons Alspaugh

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Ann Simmons Alspaugh was born in Duncan,Oklahoma. After graduation from Duncan High School, she attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts; the University of Oklahoma; and Oklahoma City University. Remaining true to her roots, she has developed a sense of community responsibility evidenced by her philanthropy in the areas of education and the arts.

Alspaugh is affiliated with the Oklahoma Arts Council, Ballet Oklahoma, and the International Founders Council of the National Museum of the American Indian of the Smithsonian Institution. She serves on the boards of Allied Arts Foundation, the Oklahoma Arts Institute, and the National Council of the Aspen Music Festival and School. She is also the recipient of the Governor's Arts Award and the First Annual Grande Reverence Award from Ballet Oklahoma.

A sampling of Alspaugh's many recognitions include the Women of the Year Award from the Red Lands Council of Girls Scouts; Ladies in the News Award by the Oklahoma Hospitality Club; Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations in New York; National Conference of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award; Woman Who Makes a Difference Award from the International Women's Forum, Denver, CO; Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Distinguished Trustee Award; Oklahoma City Arts Council Mayor's Award; Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the National Society of Fund Raising Executives; Oklahoma City University Norick Hulsey Gallery Society Mardi Gras Award; Rotary 29 Community Fellow Award; and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Oklahoma City University.

Alspaugh's civic works include involvement in the Jasmine Moran Children's Museum, Seminole, OK; Habitat for Humanity; the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation; Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; Oklahoma Educational Television Authority; Red Earth; International Women's Forum; Oklahoma Aids Care Fund; and the Jacobson Foundation, Norman, OK among countless others.

Alspaugh makes her home in Oklahoma City and is a devoted mother and grandmother. She is known for promoting Oklahoma and its heritage and culture through her activities out of state and has been referred to as 'one of Oklahoma's hidden assets.'

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