The life of local tourism leader Cassandra Gaines was celebrated with the dedication of the Muskogee Civic Center Pavilion in her memory by state Rep. Avery Frix and the City of Muskogee.
Gaines died in October at the age of 63. She was a celebrated tourism executive, serving as the Muskogee Multi-Cultural Tourism Coordinator and was a pioneer in the niche market of heritage tourism. She was an entrepreneur and businesswoman in the culinary arts.
“Cassandra Gaines will long be remembered for her service, leadership and many contributions to the Muskogee community and the State of Oklahoma,” said Frix, R-Muskogee. “Her legacy includes her contributions to the arts in Oklahoma, from Muskogee, where she managed the Civic Center and Roxy Theater to her statewide leadership as a member, appointed by Governor Fallin, to the Oklahoma Arts Council. She was honored and awarded numerous accolades for her dedication and contributions to her culture, her community, and the state of Oklahoma. Cassandra Gaines will be forever missed and always remembered. It is fitting that the Pavilion at the Civic Center be dedicated in her memory.”
Between 50 to 100 people attended the ceremony dedicating the center. The pavilion has been in front of the Muskogee Civic Center for many years and is used for outdoor concerts and events.