Beautiful Day Foundation, a non-profit established by Michele Johnson and Leah Miller, will officially welcome the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) today through a come-and-go styled meet and greet open to the community.

Katelyn Godfrey will serve as the new Chief Operating Officer for the organization. Godfrey comes from Georgia, where she was the executive director for another non-profit organization. Now, Godfrey works with the Beautiful Day Foundation, where she is “applying her incredible skills, high energy and giant heart for the unseen so that our capacity can expand and thousands more will experience Beautiful Days for years to come,” according to the Foundation.

The meet and greet event is set for noon to 6 p.m. today, Feb. 4 at the Beautiful Day Foundation office, located at 807 W. Main, Duncan. The event allows for community members to stop by the organization’s office and mingle with Godfrey while enjoying a sweet treat.

“I am excited to work with the team at Beautiful Day and believe wholeheartedly in the mission to serve the community by loving our neighbor, encouraging their potential and cultivating a spirit of service,” Godfrey said. “I am excited for the future of the organization and what it means for our community here in Duncan and the state of Oklahoma. Even in the few weeks that I have been in Duncan I have been overwhelmed with the kind welcome from the community. I am looking forward to meeting more community members through the Meet and Greet event.”

Godfrey, a graduate from Samford University who participated in track and field as a division 1 athlete, brings experience from the non-profit sector with her as she begins her journey with Beautiful Day.

Beautiful Day’s original mission came from a simple idea: telling elementary school age kids, “The day you were born was a beautiful day” and “your life and existence is worthy of being celebrated.”

The organization spends time once a month throwing birthday parties in elementary schools in an effort to celebrate every child with a birthday that month. The birthday parties include balloons, cards and singing and community volunteers sit with children to remind them “the day they were born was a beautiful day.”

The first year, 107 kids were celebrated, and now, years later, the organization is in numerous communities and branching out of Stephens County.

Beautiful Day keeps in mind other community members, too, and aside from children, spends their time keeping widows company through the Kindred Community.

The Kindred Community meets once a month, during which widows from all over the county join in a meal, form friendships and confide in others who have experienced the same grief.

For more information, contact Beautiful Day Foundation by calling 405-205-1831, email to hello@beautifulday.net, visit the Foundation’s office at 807 W. Main St., Duncan or find the organization online at beautifuldayfoundation.net.

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