Centennial Celebration The Libertas Award
More than 400 people attended Oklahoma Christian University’s Libertas celebration, honoring President Ronald Reagan and celebrating his 100th birthday.
The event, spearheaded by OC’s Academy of Leadership & Liberty, was held on January 20. President Reagan’s son, Michael, was in attendance to accept the award on his father’s behalf.
As the keynote speaker, he highlighted his father’s leadership in the fight against communism during the cold war.
He also provided glimpses into the personal life of President Reagan and what made him a great leader.
All of the messages were underscored by remembering President Reagan’s commitment to liberty, free enterprise, and a commitment to a purpose higher than self.
“Ronald Reagan would not have accomplished what he accomplished had he not been raised in a Christian home ... (with) a Christian upbringing so he knew where God should be in his life all of his life,” Michael Reagan said.
The presenting sponsors for this special evening were Lew and Myra Ward, Mercy Hospital, Jose Freede, and Ralph Harvey.
The Libertas award, created in 1987 by Oklahoma Christian University, honors those who serve as outstanding examples of free enterprise or who have passionately supported liberty and the free enterprise system.
Past awards have been given to Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, and Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A.
View more stories from the Spring 2011 issue of Vision magazine.