Vince Gill Receives Two Awards in Hometown
Vince Gill has received two awards in his native Oklahoma for his ongoing success.
The 57-year-old had a bronze statue, over nine feet tall, of himself unveiled at his alma mater, Northwest Classen. The honor, presented by Oklahoma City Public Schools and Friends of Northwest Classen Foundation, included a school assembly attended by Gill, his wife, Amy Grant, mother and sister.
In addition, the singer-songwriter also received the 2014 John F. Kennedy Award for Community Service at a special ceremony at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, hosted by the Knights of Columbus Council.
Prior to the ceremony, Gill toured the Santa Fe Family Life Center in Oklahoma City, which provides recreation and athletic programs for disadvantaged, disabled and mentally challenged children.
Proceeds from the dinner benefited the Santa Fe Family Life Center -- a cause he was proud to support.
“What an amazing facility,” Gill told the Edmond Sun after touring the area. “This is massive, and what a great use for all these students who are homeschooled. It is healthy for these kids.”
Gill was honored along with Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby during the ceremony.
“This year’s honorees exemplify a commitment to community and generosity,” former governor David Walters, chairman of the event, says. “We are excited to welcome Mr. Gill and Gov. Anoatubby to our distinguished club of honorees and to celebrate the legacies they continue to build in Oklahoma and beyond.”