While the rest of the country music community was recovering from a night of celebrating the 50th annual CMA Awards, Carrie Underwood was zipping off to her home state for another kind of extravaganza.
On November 15, the Checotah, Oklahoma native was honored with an appointment into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Now, just a few days later, Carrie is sharing photos from the night on her Instagram page and thanked her fellow Okies for “the work you do for our great state!”
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Sorry it took me a few days to post, but it was such an honor to be inducted into the @oklahomahof last Thursday! Thanks, @bryan_white for being there for me…what a wonderful evening celebrating some pretty amazing Oklahomans! Thank you all for the work you do for our great state! #OKHighestHonor #ProudOklahoman #Blessed
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by fellow country artist and Oklahoman, Fort Sill’s Bryan White, Carrie’s husband, Mike Fisher, was in the audience to capture the moment and to applaud his bride.
In a post on his own Instagram page, he wrote, “God has given you one of the best voices, crazy work ethic and platform you’ve never taken for granted You’ve remained humble in all the success and never craved the attention or fame one bit. Thanks for always being the small town girl from Oklahoma, even though you’re one of the biggest stars.”
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Congrats @carrieunderwood on the Oklahoma hall of fame induction! God has given you one of the best voices, crazy work ethic and platform you’ve never taken for granted. You’ve remained humble in all the success and never craved the attention or fame one bit. Thanks for always being the small town girl from Oklahoma even thou your one of the biggest stars! Love you lots!…..Ephesians 3:20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
In 2009, Carrie established the Checotah Animal, Town and School Foundation to provide
awareness and service to the needs of her hometown. She is also active in anti-bullying, anti-slavery, and animal welfare campaigns, and supports multiple organizations that benefit children, including Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, and Save the Children, along with ACM Lifting Lives, Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross, and many more.
In addition to Carrie, the Food Network’s “Pioneer Woman,” Ree Drummond, was also inducted into the 2018 class of honorees, as well as businessman and philanthropist Paul Allen, real estate magnate and author Mo Anderson, jazz musician Charlie Christian (posthumously), banking executive and civic leader David Rainbolt, and fourth-generation inductee and Stuart Family Foundation inductee John R. Stuart.
Other notable members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame include actor and singing cowboy, Gene Autry, actress Alfre Woodard, radio commentator Paul Harvey, humorist Will Rogers, pop singer Patti Page, baseball’s Mickey Mantle and Johnny Bench, Iraq War general General Tommy Franks, and country music’s , Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, and Blake Shelton.
Congratulations to all of the new inductees.