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The mission of the Cresap Family Foundation is to further the philanthropic legacy of the Cresap Family by improving the quality of life of Oklahoman’s and beyond. The Foundation’s areas of emphasis are youth and families, health and wellness, education, arts and humanities and animal welfare.

Funding preference will be given to organizations in those counties where Premium Beers operated, including, and without limitation, Oklahoma Canadian, Grady, Cleveland, Logan, Pottawatomie, Lincoln and the following counties on Northeast Oklahoma: Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Osage, Ottawa and Washington. This is a strong preference but is not mandatory.

The Cresap Foundation Supports Counties across Oklahoma

to help the communities who supported their business for 44 years.


Cresap Counties Map

The counties highlighted blue have received funding form the Cresap Family Foundation.

GovernanceBoard of Directors


John Cresap

John Cresap

Danny Cresap

Denny Cresap

Gail Cresap

Gail Cresap

John Cresap

John Cresap was born in Oklahoma City, later moving to Pawhuska and Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Currently, John serves as President and CEO of Cresap Capital where he is responsible for administering the overall direction of the services provided by his company. Prior to forming Cresap Capital, John was Owner and President of his family business, Premium Beers of Oklahoma, one of Anheuser-Busch’s largest wholesalers in the United States. John graduated with honors from the College of Santa Fe, where he received a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree. John has been involved in numerous civic organizations; serving as a board member of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Grocers Association, the local chapter of the March of Dimes, Beer Distributors of America, Anheuser-Busch Advisory Panel and the National Beer Wholesalers Association. He is currently a member of the Young Presidents Organization and dedicates time to several local social organizations. An avid Oklahoma City Thunder and University of Oklahoma football fan; John also likes traveling, boating, scuba diving and spending quality time with family, friends and his animals. When given the opportunity, John enjoys visiting anywhere with a beautiful beach and an ice cold Bud Light.

Denny Cresap

Denny Cresap was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from Morgan Park Military Academy, he attended the University of Oklahoma. Denny proudly served three years in the US Army where a majority of his enlisted time was spent in Frankfurt, Germany, ranked Sergeant 1st Class. Upon being discharged from the Army on January 12, 1959, he returned to Oklahoma.

1959 was the year Oklahoma voted for retail liquor stores, so Denny was employed by National Distillers and Chemical Corp and worked as State Manager of Oklahoma in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. He then owned and operated Denny Cresap Ford in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. In 1968, Denny purchased a small Anheuser Busch Distributorship in Bartlesville, OK with a territory of 2 1/2 counties. Denny was an owner in the family business, Premium Beers of Oklahoma, headquartered in Oklahoma City until the sale of the company in 2011 to Anheuser Busch.

Denny is very generous with his free time, with present member activity including Gilcrease Museum, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Ocean Reef Club, Prix de West and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. His past civic engagements include Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce, Pawhuska Rotary Club, Beer Distributors of Oklahoma, Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers Advisory Panel, member of the Arrowhead Yacht Club and was the Commodore at Grand Lake’s Cherokee Yacht Club.

Denny enjoys traveling, boating and expanding his collection of bronzes and art. He also enjoys visiting 7 Mile Beach in the Grand Cayman Islands with his wife, Gail, and many friends.

Gail Cresap

Gail Cresap was born and raised in Vinita, Oklahoma. After graduating from Vinita High School she attended William Woods College for Women in Fulton, Missouri. After her marriage to Denny Cresap they purchased a Ford Dealership in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. There they had their first and only child, John. Gail worked side by side with her husband in the dealership for five years. Then came the purchase of a fledgling company, an Anheuser Busch distributorship, located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Gail was the office and warehouse manager for the next ten years. Due to the success of their company she was able to leave those duties and take a big leap forward to pursue her own interests.

Gail started and ran the day to day operation of Grand Lake Alpacas, a million dollar plus operation. She raised and showed prize winning alpacas and won many blue ribbons and national awards. Gail was very instrumental in starting the PAAS, Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter, a no-kill shelter located in Vinita Oklahoma. It has become a national success. They transport animals to different states that want dogs and cats and have to-date transported over 5000 animals to welcoming homes. Also a very fulfilling project, Gail started a program in the Vinita Public Schools, Adventure Academy. It’s a summer program designed to help a select group of underprivileged boys and girls. They may be reading impaired or have other subjects that they have fallen behind in during the normal school year. They are exposed to many things that may not have been available to them otherwise. For example, field trips outside the Vinita area. Gail’s foundation provides all of this at no cost to the school system or the child. She continues to oversee the management of her ranch, Big Creek Ranch, located near Lenapah, Oklahoma. There she has a large cow /calf operation.

Gail is involved in numerous organizations such as Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Ranching Heritage Association, the Annie Oakley Society, Prix de West, Cherokee Yacht Club, Ocean Reef Club, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Gilcrease Museum and the Cresap Family Foundation.

She understands this life lesson, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain”. Keeping these words in mind she lives her life accordingly. Gail continues to be a positive influence for others. She has made huge accomplishments and continues to give back to her fellow man and animal in a big way.