Park Avenue Thrift Enid was awarded the OCTA – Oklahoma Community Theatre Association 2022 Corporation of the Year. During their annual Awards Luncheon at Carpenter Square Theatre in Oklahoma City, OCTA presented five awards to honor those who have been nominated and selected through the OCTA Awards Program.
This year, Gaslight Teen sponsor and Gaslight board member Karen Loughman nominated Park Avenue Thrift. “Park Avenue Thrift is a staunch supporter of all of the arts in Enid, Oklahoma, but especially the Gaslight Theatre,” Loughman wrote. “Not only do they loan us props and costumes any time as needed for no charge, they have donated multiple grants for various endeavors at the Gaslight.” This included a grant last spring which allowed the Gaslight Teens to attend the OCTA Youth Conference for almost no charge to the participating teens. “Park Avenue Thrift’s continuing kindness and generosity allow Gaslight to continue to produce creative and quality entertainment for the community,” Loughman said.
Oklahoma Community Theatre Association is the unified network for community theatres across Oklahoma. Each year, OCTA encourages Oklahoma theatres to recognize those special people who help keep theatre alive and help OCTA meet their mission of promoting excellence in theatre.
“I’m thrilled that our partners at Park Avenue Thrift were able to get this statewide recognition. Park Avenue Thrift has given over 3.7 million dollars to quality of life here in Enid. It’s incredible and other communities don’t have anything like that. We’re so thankful that Gaslight Theatre has this partnership and support,” said Charlet Ringwald, Gaslight Board President.
Park Avenue Thrift exists to strengthen the Enid community and serve others by collecting donations, running a top-notch thrift store, and giving the proceeds to Enid nonprofits that invest in quality-of-life initiatives.