For Immediate Release

March 16, 2017

OICA Media Contact:
Joe Dorman; or 405-892-9205

Sunbeam Media Contact:
Erin Engelke; or 405.609.2311

Sunbeam Family Services and OICA Name New Kid Governor


OKLAHOMA CITY – Sunbeam Family Services and the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) recently announced 10-year-old Audrey Patton as Oklahoma’s next Kid Governor. The two organizations will introduce her at a press conference at the Oklahoma State Capitol’s Blue Room at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 20.

Audrey, a fifth-grader at St. John Nepomuk Catholic School in Mustang, was one of 17 children ages 7-11 who submitted videos for the “Vote 4 Kids” campaign led by Sunbeam and OICA. Kid Governor will serve until the Fall 2017 Oklahoma Kids Count Conference.

During Audrey’s term, she will address issues affecting the well-being of Oklahoma’s children such as foster care, childhood poverty, early childhood education and mental health.

Audrey says she wants Oklahomans to pay attention to issues that affect the state’s children, specifically food insecurity. Daughter of William and Megan Patton, Audrey’s video addressed child hunger and safe homes for children.

“I don’t want any child to go to bed wondering where and when their next meal is,” said Audrey, who volunteers at the Regional Food Bank. “Children are most vulnerable during the summer when school is out.”

Oklahoma’s first Kid Governor, Justin Evers, brought awareness to childhood issues, specifically the need for foster homes.

Audrey’s next public appearance will be at Sunbeam’s Shine a Light fundraising gala on April 13 at Embassy Suites, Downtown Medical Center at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at

About Sunbeam Family Services
Founded in 1907, Sunbeam Family Services is one of Oklahoma’s longest serving nonprofits, providing help, hope and the opportunity to succeed to people of all ages and all stages of life in central Oklahoma through early childhood, counseling, foster care and senior services. To learn more, visit or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Since its creation in 1983, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) has been the statewide, independent, non-partisan voice speaking on behalf of all of our state’s children and their needs.  OICA is a well-respected and trusted source of data, leadership, best-practice program strategies and effective policy solutions. To learn more, visit or follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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