Awards & Luncheon 2018
Tulsa Area United Way Honors Top
The Tulsa Area United Way recently honored its leading supporters and volunteers at the Live United Awards and Luncheon.
Several companies, organizations and individuals received awards during the annual event before a record 1,100 guests at the Cox Business Center.
The local United Way celebrated the success of its 2017 fundraising campaign, which resulted in $25,601,386 for the community, exceeding its original goal of $25 million.
The United Way also honored Mark Graham, who will retire in April after serving as President and CEO for 10 years, and Alison Anthony, who will become the new President and CEO.
"Serving as Chair of last year's United Way campaign and presiding over the first major leadership change in a decade has been an honor and privilege," said John Hewitt, who chaired the 2017 fundraising campaign and is serving as chair of the local United Way's Board of Directors this year.
Support at an Extraordinary Level
The QuikTrip Corporation received the United Way's Groundbreaker Award for conducting the only employee campaign in excess of $2 million.
Major supporters included Bank of Oklahoma, the J.A. Chapman and Leta M. Chapman Trusts, ONEOK and Williams, each receiving Cornerstone Awards for support in excess of $1 million. Companies receiving Pillar Awards for support of $500,000 or more included Magellan Midstream Partners, NORDAM, ONE Gas and WPX Energy.
The Williams Summit Leadership Award for best overall campaign went to Williams, the award's namesake.
Other major award recipients were:
Tulsa Federal Credit Union - Mid-Sized Business Award
LUXA Enterprises - Small Business Award
Vertical Aerospace - Green Country Business Award
AAON - Leadership Giving Award
Hilti - Trailblazer Award
12 & 12, Inc. - Illuminate Award
Okmulgee County Homeless Shelter - Illuminate Award
ConsumerAffairs - Ignite Award
The Community Service Award was earned by Magellan Midstream Partners for its employees' exceptional service to the community through volunteerism.
The United Way's most prestigious awards for individuals went to Linda Johnston, Director of Social Services for Tulsa County, who received the Clydella Hentschel Award for Women in Leadership, and Kelly Hathcoat, who works in business development for LUXA Enterprises, who received the Emerging Leaders Society Volunteer of the Year Award.
Best of the Best
Best of the Best awards for companies and organizations that experienced overall campaign growth, a high level of employee participation and high per-capita giving included:
Ability Resources, Inc., AmeriTrust Corporation, BancFirst – Jenks, Bank of Oklahoma, BKD, LLP, the Bridges Foundation, Broken Arrow Seniors, the City of Tulsa, including the Mayor's Office and the Office of Economic Development, Commerce Bank, Consolidated Turbine Specialists, LLC, Crowe & Dunlevy, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, D & L Oil Tools, DVIS, Elliott Dozier & Helland, PC, Equity Bank, First Oklahoma Bank, Firstar Bank, Frederic Dorwart Lawyers, PLLC, GableGotwals, GlobalHealth, Inc., KPMG, LLP, Leaders Life Insurance Company, LIFE Senior Services, LUXA Enterprises, LLC, Magellan Midstream Partners, LP, Neosource, Inc., Okmulgee County Homeless Shelter, ONE Gas, Inc., ONEOK, Inc., QuikTrip Corporation, Red Rock Mortgage, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, SageNet, Sand Springs Community Services, SpiritBank – Bristow, Street School, TSHA, Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa Public Schools - Office of the Superintendent, Tulsa CARES, Tulsa County, including the Board of Commissioners, Inspections and Social Services, Tulsa Federal Credit Union, Tulsa New Holland, Union Public Schools - Rosa Parks Elementary, Williams, and Youth Services of Creek County.
Other awards included Caring Companies, Awards of Excellence, and Gold, Silver, Bronze and Achievement Awards.
Contributions by these companies and organizations, and their employees, are being invested this year in the Tulsa Area United Way's 59 partner agencies and nine community collaborative initiatives.
The Tulsa Area United Way also looked forward to its 2018 campaign for the community, which will publicly kick off in August. Chair of the 2018 campaign is Rob Martinovich, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of ONEOK.
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