A celebration of its largest campaign ever, recognition of top company and organizational performers and a special honor for community leader Dr. Nancy Feldman highlighted the 89th awards ceremony of the Tulsa Area United Way on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
More than 800 guests representing the corporate, philanthropic and nonprofit communities attended the annual event at the Tulsa Convention Center.
“The annual awards ceremony is a long-standing tradition and an opportunity for the entire Tulsa Area United Way family to come together to recognize the successes of the past year and look forward to this year’s campaign,” said Mark Graham, President and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way.
The Tulsa Area United Way raised a record-shattering $25,575,522 during its 2012 campaign – the highest total in its history – exceeding its goal of $24,900,000 by more than $675,000, well above the all-time fundraising record set 10 years ago.
“The entire community deserves credit for the amazing successes of the 2012 campaign,” Graham said. “This United Way belongs to all of us, whether we give, receive or both.”
Chet Cadieux, President and CEO of the QuikTrip Corporation, served as Chair of the highly successful 2012 Tulsa Area United Way fundraising campaign. He will serve as Chair of the United Way’s Board of Directors this year, succeeding Jim Bender of WPX Energy, Inc. Becky J. Frank of Schnake Turnbo Frank PR will serve as Chair of the 2013 campaign.
The Clydella Hentschel Award for Women in Leadership was presented to Dr. Nancy Feldman, a longtime community volunteer and activist on behalf of women and minorities.
The award was named for Clydella Hentschel, who broke ground as a female community leader in Tulsa and served as Co-Chair of the Tulsa Area United Way campaign in 1993 along with her husband David Hentschel.
Feldman founded the Tulsa Center for the Physically Limited, now known as the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges. A Girl Scout since the age of seven, she has been a role model to girls and women, serving in positions from troop leader to member of the local and national boards of Girl Scouts USA, and in India. She has been active with the Community Service Council, Family and Children’s Services, Child Care Resource Center and many other organizations.
The Williams Summit Leadership Award, the Tulsa Area United Way’s most prestigious award for best overall campaign, was awarded to the QuikTrip Corporation, which experienced a 40 percent increase over its campaign last year and recorded its ninth consecutive year of raising more than $1 million. In 2012, QuikTrip attracted more than $2 million in support for the United Way campaign.
Companies and organizations that raised more than $1 million during their 2012 campaigns were presented with the Cornerstone Million Dollar Club Award, including QuikTrip Corporation, Bank of Oklahoma, J.A. and Leta M. Chapman Trusts, ONEOK, Inc. and Williams.
Major sponsors of the 2012 campaign included American Airlines, Arby’s, Flying Colors, MidFirst Bank and the QuikTrip Corporation.
Companies and organizations receiving major awards were Bristow Medical Center and Global Health Inc., Ignite! Award; American Red Cross, Tulsa Area Chapter and Blood Services, Illuminate! Award; Ramsey Industries, Trailblazer Award; Saint Francis Health System and Matrix Service Company, Leadership Giving Awards; Frederic Dorwart Lawyers, Small Business Award; and United States Postal Service – Customer Service Administration, Combined Federal Campaign Eagle Award.
Of the more than 500 companies and organizations that received awards at the ceremony, 52 earned Best of the Best Awards, including Ability Resources, Inc., Alliance Resource Partners, LP, Anchor Gasoline Corporation, BancFirst – Tulsa, Bank of Oklahoma, NA, BKD, LLP, The Bridges Foundation, Broken Arrow Seniors, Budco, Caring Community Friends, Inc., CenterPoint Field Energy Services, Inc., Central National Bank, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS)/Call Rape, Eastern Oklahoma Donated Dental Services, Ernst & Young, LLP, Explorer Pipeline, The F&M Bank & Trust Company, First Oklahoma Bank, Firstar Bank, Frederic Dorwart Lawyers, GableGotwals, HoganTaylor, LLP, Jim D. Burwell, CPA. KPMG, LLP, Leaders Life Insurance Company, Littlefield Brand Development, Luxa Enterprises, LLC, Magellan Midstream Partners, LP, MidFirst Bank, Neosource, Inc., ONEOK, Inc., Patriot Bank, Physical Therapy of Tulsa, QuikTrip Corporation, Regent Bank, Samson Energy Company, Schnake Turnbo Frank | PR, Street School, Summit Bank, Super Target #2542 at 101st & Memorial, The Trane Company and members of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 430, Total Source for Hearing-Loss and Access, Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa Boys' Home, Tulsa CARES, Tulsa County, including the Information Technology Department, and Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency, Tulsa Regional Chamber, Valley National Bank, Wal-Mart of Glenpool, Williams, Youth Services of Creek County and Youth Services of Tulsa. Federal organizations receiving the Combined Federal Campaign Best of the Best award include the U.S. Postal Service – Customer Service Administration and Eastside Station.
In the last 89 years, the Tulsa Area United Way has invested more than $643 million in the community.