Citizenship dinner to honor Ed Feulner, former Sen. Jim DeMint to give keynote address

The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) hosts its 2013 Citizenship Dinner Thursday, May 9 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The event features keynote speaker Sen. Jim DeMint, newly elected president of the Heritage Foundation and the 2013 Citizenship Award Recipient, Dr. Edwin Feulner, founder of the Heritage Foundation.

OCPA and the Heritage Foundation have a long-established relationship beginning with Dr. David Brown, who helped found OCPA and is a long time Heritage board member and former chair. OCPA and the Heritage Foundation work to formulate and promote public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values and a strong national defense.

Senator DeMint has been a great leader for our country, leading us in the direction of free-market principles that help grow and sustain our economy,” said Michael Carnuccio, president of OCPA. “This opportunity to hear from him and former Heritage President, Ed Feulner on how limited government, individual liberties and free enterprise principles can help get our country back on track will help lead to Oklahoma’s success.”

Sen. Jim DeMint served South Carolina as United States Senator from 2005 to 2013 and previously in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005. On April 4, Sen. DeMint replaced Ed Feulner as successor of the Heritage Foundation. Sen. DeMint will share his thoughts on the importance of individual liberty, the success of free-market and his new role at the Heritage Foundation.

In a press release, OCPA said the Citizenship Award is given to a national leader that exemplifies the most important duty as an American – being a servant to the country so many call home. OCPA extends this award to a deserving recipient at the annual Citizenship Dinner. This year’s Citizenship Award recipient is Dr. Ed Feulner. Dr. Feulner has spent the last 36 years leading the 40-year-old organization, which he helped found in 1973. The Heritage Foundation has grown to be one of the largest think tanks in the United States.

“OCPA was founded in 1993 and the Citizenship Dinner kicks-off our 20-year anniversary celebration,” continued Carnuccio. “Though the times are vastly different, our commitment to our principles remains the same and our devotion to Oklahomans has not waivered.”
The reception begins at 6 p.m. with the program starting at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact Rachel Hays at 405-602-1667