Friday, November 1, 2013
The MAPS 20th Anniversary Steering Committee revealed a commemorative holiday ornament celebrating the original MAPS program at a news conference today. MAPS, which was approved by voters on Dec. 14, 1993, used more than $360 million from a five-year, one-cent sales tax revenue to build or renovate nine community facilities.
The ornament features original artwork of all nine MAPS projects surrounded by a gold filigree frame. The ornament was designed by MTM Recognition and will be available to purchase exclusively at BC Clark Jewelers, the oldest jewelry store in Oklahoma, for $16.50. Bulk orders of 25 or more are available for a discounted price of $15 and can be made at www.mtmrecognition.com/okcornament or by calling 405-630-7668. Each ornament comes in a fitted gift box that can be customized with a company logo with orders of 100 or more.
All proceeds from the sale of the ornament will benefit the Oklahoma River Foundation, an organization that represents one of the original MAPS projects and one of the fastest-growing districts of Oklahoma City.
“It is an honor to be the exclusive retailer for what we hope becomes a new Oklahoma City tradition,” said Jim Clark, BC Clark Jewelers. “As the oldest retailer in Oklahoma City and the oldest jewelry store in Oklahoma, we have experienced the benefits of the MAPS projects firsthand. We are certainly glad to celebrate MAPS and contribute to the Oklahoma River Foundation at the same time by adding this ornament to our merchandise.”
The Steering Committee will host several community activities leading up to the anniversary, including a special exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center, events at all of the original MAPS venues and a special event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Dec. 6. Information about the events can be found at www.okcchamber.com/celebratemaps.
“Looking back over the past twenty years, I can easily see how the original MAPS projects changed the trajectory of this city,” former Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick said. “Our city’s success is an extension of the investment from our citizens. When we celebrate MAPS, we are celebrating a turning point in Oklahoma City’s history.”