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Community leader Frank D. Hill named king of the 65th Beaux Arts Ball

published in The Oklahoman | December 5, 2010

McAfee & Taft real estate attorney Frank D. Hill was named the 65th king of the Beaux Arts Ball for his civic contributions and dedication to community growth, The Oklahoman reported. Hill is one of four that have been chosen from McAfee & Taft for this award benefiting the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

“I have devoted a lot of my time the past few years to the museum, and that link between the museum and the Beaux Arts is certainly very appealing,” Hill told The Oklahoman. “Museums say a lot about the city, and I have noticed that in recruiting new businesses, one of the things they are most concerned about is the cultural aspects of the city, and we certainly have some wonderful cultural institutions.”

McAfee & Taft, including Hill, has been a big player in bringing several cultural institutions into the city. The firm represented the NBA for negotiate terms of the New Orleans Hornets, was retained by owners of the Seattle SuperSonics, and currently represents the Oklahoma City Thunder. Hill and the firm have also represented the construction and development of the downtown headquarters of both Devon Energy Corp. and SandRidge Energy.

Aside from his busy career, Hill has made volunteer work in the city’s civic organizations a high priority.

“After the Afred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995, Hill was part of a core group that established the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, and he served as chairman of its board of trustees. He worked on the foundation’s 10th anniversary campaign, which raised in excess of $15 million,” The Oklahoman reported.

Also in the community, Hill frequently lectures at workshops and seminars sponsored by the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University and the Oklahoma Bar Association.

“Oklahoma City is in the process of elevating to some higher level; it’s not flat, and it’s not going sideways,” Hill said. “We have managed to advance through some very difficult economic times. I see a bright future for Oklahoma City. Our people have incredible strength. They are very talented and are inherently good people.”