Award of the Americas

The Award of the Americas was made to Joe and Carol McGraw at the 2019 Noche de Gala held at Southern Hills Country Club. The McGraws are longtime supporters of the Foundation.

Award of the Americas

The Hispanic American Foundation of Tulsa has recognized Joe and Carol McGraw with its 2019 Award of the Americas. The award is made to longtime, sustaining supporters of the Foundation and to organizations which contribute to educational and cultural initiatives of Tulsa’s Hispanic-Latino community.

Joseph “Joe” McGraw, Jr. earned his juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa. He worked in banking and politics before his career in real estate, with current enterprises of McGraw Realtors and McGraw Commercial Properties. 

Joe and his wife Carol have supported many community programs, some directly related to education. In 2019, the University of Tulsa recognized the McGraws for their endowment gift to the University of Tulsa’s College of Law fund. The couple support the arts, nature conservation and health initiatives, and Carol founded the Brush Creek Youth Ranch in Jay, Oklahoma.


The Award of the Americas was established by the Hispanic American Foundation in 1992.

Past honorees include: Moscelyne Larkin Jasinski; James Inhofe; Aurora Ramirez Helton; Eisenhower International School; YWCA Intercultural Service Center; Catholic Charities, Sebastian Lantos; PanAmerican Round Table; Dr. Julio Cuadra; University of Tulsa; Fred Bendaña; CITGO Petroleum Corp.; Yolanda Charney; Tulsa City-County Library; Ben T. Windham; Rotary Club of Tulsa; Maxine and Jack Zarrow; Tulsa Community College; Denny Saunders; and OU Tulsa’s Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture.

Most recent awardees include: 

2006: Dr. Luis Reinoso, Consul of Peru and Xavier Medical Clinic

2007: Phil Wood and American Airlines

2008: Henry Zarrow and Bank of Oklahoma

2009: Samson and Tulsa Global Alliance

2010: Nilda Reyes, Ed.D. and Tulsa Ballet/Marcello Angelini

2011: Jim Cook, LDF Companies dba Wendy’s

2012: Emily Wood

2013: The Lou & Connie Miller Charitable Foundation, Max Vowel, Trustee

2014: Ronald Brown

2015: HAF Foundation Charter Members

  • Frederick* and Flor de Maria Bendana *In Memoriam
  • Jim and Ludo Brown
  • Harold and Yolanda Charney
  • Dr. Julio and Maria Yolanda Cuadra
  • Dr. Jose and Laura Medina
  • Dr. Franz and Rosa Moncada
  • Dr. Luis and Maria Cristina Reinoso
  • Denny and Terry Saunders

2016: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

2017: The Bendana Family

2018: QuikTrip Corporation

2019: Joe & Carol McGraw