The Edmond Sun

August 28, 2009

Edmond man to receive new award

Mark Schlachtenhaufen

EDMOND — An Edmond man will receive a new award from a metro addiction treatment center.

Zane Fleming will receive the Man of the Year award Tuesday night during A Chance to Change Foundation’s 30th anniversary celebration at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.

Fleming is the father of Nate Fleming, the Oklahoma State University basketball player who died in a plane crash on Jan. 27, 2001, while returning from a game at Colorado.

Jo Ann Pearce, executive director for A Chance to Change, said the organization would not be where it is today without the efforts of volunteers like Fleming, whom she called the “perfect choice” for the award.

“This will be the first time for our organization to present this award,” Pearce said. “It’s a big honor.”

Fleming has been involved with A Chance to Change for nearly 30 years. He joined its board of directors in 1982 and served as chairman for two different terms. Currently, he is serving on an advisory board.

Pearce said Fleming has led numerous individuals into the recovery process through the organization.

Ron Carr, of Edmond, current board chairman, said volunteers like Fleming are invaluable in the many contributions they make.

“I am just glad that we have the opportunity to honor somebody like Zane,”Carr said.

Fleming said he is honored to receive the recognition from such an outstanding organization that helps many Oklahomans.

“It was humbling,”Fleming said.

Fleming is an elder at Oklahoma City’s Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he and his wife Ann have been members for 29 years. Fleming credits God with helping individuals overcome substance abuse issues.

Substance abuse is considered by many as the nation’s No. 1 public health concern.

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services estimates that nearly 140,000 Oklahomans older than age 18 — about 5 percent of the population — need treatment for alcohol addiction. Another 1 percent — about 21,000 people — need treatment for other types of drug addiction.

A Chance to Change has provided substance abuse education, prevention and counseling to thousands of people during the past 30 years. All proceeds for the event, which begins at 7 p.m., will benefit substance abuse education, early intervention and treatment programs provided by the organization.

Featured speaker will be Desmond Mason, a former OSU and former Oklahoma City Thunder basketball star.

A limited number of Tickets are available by calling 840-9000. For more information about A Chance to Change, visit | 341-2121, ext. 111