Duke Ligon of Oklahoma City is owner and manager of Mekusukey Oil Company and serves in leadership positions with several other companies. He is equally active in his community, contributing personal time to such organizations as the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business. Of the responsibilities he’s taken upon himself, none might be more meaningful than his work on the board of directors at the St. Anthony Foundation.
The St. Anthony Foundation raises contributions to St. Anthony’s Hospital, the premiere medical facility of Oklahoma City, with most donations used to maintain the critical care services and intensive care unit. The foundation is best known for its signature fundraising event, the annual Saints Ball, sporting a festive new theme each year. The foundation’s 50th anniversary was celebrated with a gold-themed Golden Gala. The 2015 and 2016 balls were themed around the circus and Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, respectively. Each event raised more than $480,000. Since 2012, the foundation has included a new pair of annual events to accompany the ball: The POP! Champagne & Spirit Tasting and the Saintoberfest Beer Tasting. The events offer recreation and entertainment alongside the dozens of drink samples.