Noted sports columnist Berry Tramel will be the keynote speaker at the Sam Matthews Social Justice Award Banquet in Norman on March 7. The event will honor Dewey and Kathryn Selmon, this year's recipients of the prestigious award.
Berry Tramel is a sports columnist with The Oklahoman, serving his 35th year in Oklahoma journalism. Born and raised in Norman, Tramel entered the newspaper business at the age of 17. He worked 13 years at the Norman Transcript, leaving in 1991 as sports editor. During his 21 years at The Oklahoman, Tramel has been a beat writer, sports editor and columnist. He and his wife, Tricia, reside in Norman. Their daughter and son-in-law, Haley and J. J. Argyle, and their three granddaughters, Riley, Sadie and Tinley, also reside in Norman. Tramel, a 1979 graduate of Norman High School, is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.
The Sam Matthews Social Justice Award Banquet is sponsored by The Xenia Institute, a not-for-profit organization in Norman working to foster safe environments that enhance understanding, encourage meaningful dialogue and effect thoughtful action to effect change.
The banquet will take place Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of First Christian Church, 220 S. Webster, Norman. Tickets are $30 each; tables for eight guests can be purchased for $210. Space is limited and ticket purchases are strongly encouraged at this time.
For further information or to purchase tickets, please contact Bob Thomas, Executive Director of The Xenia Institute at 405-321-8682 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.