Youth Services for Oklahoma County (YSOC) honored that Kevin Gordon and Janice Mathews-Gordon as this year’s honorees at the organization’s annual Reach for the Stars! gala this past weekend.
“Kevin and Janice have devoted their time and talents to helping children in need,” said YSOC CEO Debbie Forshee. “Our organization and the children we serve have benefitted from the advice, guidance and support they so generously give.”
Mathews-Gordon is a painter and mixed media artist who has donated numerous works of art to YSOC fundraisers. Gordon is president of the Crowe & Dunlevy law firm.
Gordon has served on the YSOC board of trustees since 1986, serving as president in 1990. Since joining the board, Gordon has been instrumental in many of the organization’s major capital achievements, including the purchase of the agency’s headquarters building and the campaign to fund and build YSOC’s emergency youth shelter. Gordon also aided in the development of many of YSOC’s programs, including the Supporting Kids in Independent Living (SKIL) Program, which helps students who live without parental support finish high school.
“It is particularly fitting that we honor Kevin and Janice at Reach for the Stars! because the funds we raise at the event are directed toward the SKIL Program they helped start,” said Forshee. “Our SKIL Program helps provide the resources students need to complete school and the necessities these kids need for daily life. Kevin and Janice are certainly champions for the students who count on our services.”
Gordon and Mathews-Gordon are the parents of two children, Trace and Elise.
“Janice and I are honored to be recognized by Youth Services,” said Gordon. “By working with YSOC, we can help students finish high school so that they are better prepared as they move on to college, technical school, military service or the work force. We are proud to be associated with the staff, board members and volunteers who give so much of themselves to make life better for needy students.”
In the past, Reach for the Stars has helped raise more than $100,000 in support of YSOC’s programs. The Route 66 event served as a fund-raiser for YSOC. It included Route 66-themed chef specials, live music and live and silent auctions.
Former Oklahoma City Thunder star Desmond Mason and his wife, Andrea, served as the honorary chairpersons at the gala, with YSOC board of trustees member Randi Green served as the event chair.
Information is available by contacting YSOC Development Coordinator Cass Hayes at (405) 235-7537 ext. 208 or [email protected]
Established in 1972, YSOC is a not-for-profit organization that provides food, clothing, counseling, shelter and a host of other services to Oklahoma County teenagers.