By Marilyn Olson, Executive Director, VillagesOKC
Megan Gold has spent nearly a year as Miss Oklahoma, championing the cause of senior adults across the state.
VillagesOKC is proud to applaud this beautiful young professional who has a heart for seniors and wisely recognizes the value of community. It is in a community for every decade of life that “breaking bread together” provides food for the body and nutrition for the soul.
Because of her love for her grandfather, Megan, crowned Miss Oklahoma in June 2022, chose the platform for her social impact initiative to be “America Let’s Do Lunch – Ending Senior Hunger.”
After the death of his wife, Megan’s grandfather continued to live independently. But he felt alone, sad and no longer had the motivation to prepare nutritious meals. In fact, he didn’t feel hungry. Megan saw the value of Meals on Wheels which daily provided both a hearty meal and even more a friend with whom to share a meal.
During this past year’s reign, Megan lived in the senior living community Inverness in Tulsa while continuing as a TV meteorologist at Tulsa’s Channel 6 and carrying on her duties as Miss Oklahoma. She chose living there to further highlight her platform and to get to know more senior adults. The benefits of being in this community went two ways.
“I found that in my busy work life and traveling as Miss Oklahoma, even in all the crowds, I often felt alone,” she said. “The genuine friendships of these adopted grandparents cared for me as a person. They encouraged me.”
VillagesOKC will continue to follow Megan’s career and her ongoing initiative reducing isolation and food insecurity among seniors. VillagesOKC will also be encouraging young students and professionals across Oklahoma to value senior adults and consider the wide-open field of gerontology for their life’s work.
Megan is the daughter of Mike and Kathy Gold of Edmond and is the proud twin sister to brother Michael. Megan graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in broadcast journalism and meteorology. She has worked as a meteorologist in Texas, Missouri and now in Tulsa.