Cathy Keating is a fourth-generation Oklahoman with a focus on community service. While First Lady she planned and organized the International Prayer Service and published In Their Name, which was listed on the New York Times bestseller list, following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. She founded Friends of the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion, Septemberfest, and the Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, as well starting the tradition of an annual Oklahoma ornament. She raised private funds to build the Phillips Pavilion on Governor’s Mansion grounds and conceived and implemented a grounds management program for female inmates to learn a marketable job skill.
Keating has received the Salvation Army’s William Booth Award, Tom Brokaw’s “People of the Week” Honor, the David and Sybil Yurman Foundation’s “Thoroughbred” Award, been inducted to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and the Tulsa Hall of Fame, and named an “Outstanding Southerner” in Southern Living Magazine.