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  • St. Anthony Foundation Hosts Festivities to Raise Hospital Funds

    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.

  • Oklahoma City Exclusive Site for Large-Scale Matisse Exhibit

    Energy company executive Duke Ligon founded Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, in 1970 and continues to manage its substantial array of mineral interests. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, he has served on boards dedicated to the school, as well as on numerous other boards in the energy and philanthropic sectors. Duke Ligon’s interest in the promotion of public cultural institutions drives his continued support of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art as a member of its board of directors.

    In 2016, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art became the only North American venue for a wide-ranging and highly acclaimed exhibition of the works of the French modernist master Henri Matisse and his contemporaries. Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris was co-curated by the Oklahoma and French museums in collaboration with MondoMostre in Rome.

    The exhibit showcased dozens of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other pieces by Matisse, the leading light of the Fauvist movement and one of the early 20th century’s most prolific artists. It also offered iconic works by Matisse’s rival Picasso, his friend Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and other renowned artists.

    The total number of works on view over the summer was more than 100, with the exhibit sprawling over the museum’s entire second story. Museumgoers had the chance to enjoy numerous related activities, including family workshops in Matisse’s signature media of collage and paper cutting.