Tulsa Area United Way


Nearly 900 guests representing the corporate, philanthropic and nonprofit communities attended the event held at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa and sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America. 

“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 $26,159,826 during its 2013 campaign – the highest total in its 89-year history – exceeding its original goal of $25,200,000 by $959,826. 

“The entire community deserves credit for the amazing successes of the 2013 campaign,” Graham said. 

Becky J. Frank, president and CEO of Schnake Turnbo Frank, served as chair of the 2013 campaign, and is chair of the Tulsa Area United Way’s Board of Directors in 2014, succeeding Chet Cadieux, president and CEO of the QuikTrip Corporation. 

The Clydella Hentschel Award for Women in Leadership was presented to Mary Ann Hille of the Hille Foundation. 

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.  

Hille and her late husband Jo Bob Hille founded the Hille Foundation in 1997, where she continues to serve as a trustee. She is presently leading a capital campaign for Crosstown Learning Center, a United Way partner agency, and has served for nine years on the board of directors of Saint Simeon’s Episcopal Home. She is a longtime community supporter and author of several books. 

The Tulsa Area United Way’s first Community Collaborations Award was presented to the Growing Together project. The new award is given to a collaborative initiative that fosters cooperation among local non-profit organizations to meet specific community challenges. Kirk Wester, executive director of Growing Together, accepted the award on behalf of the collaboration, which includes a wide variety of community organizations. 

Companies and organizations that raised more than $1 million during their 2013 campaigns were presented with the Cornerstone Million Dollar Club Award, including Bank of Oklahoma, the J.A. and Leta M. Chapman Trusts, ONEOK, QuikTrip and 

The Williams Summit Leadership Award, the Tulsa Area United Way’s most prestigious award for best overall campaign, was awarded to ONEOK, which conducted a stellar campaign in 2013, recording an overall six percent increase in giving, including an increase in contributors giving at the Leadership Level. 

Companies and organizations receiving major awards were:


  • Jim Norton Chevrolet - Ignite! Award
  • Palmer and Youth Services of Creek County - Illuminate! Award
  • Tulsa Federal Credit Union - Trailblazer Award
  • D&L Oil Tools - Leadership Giving Award
  • Cyclonic Valve Company, Inc. - Small Business Award
  • VA Regional Office and VA Medical Center – Jack C. Montgomery Hospital - Combined Federal Campaign Eagle Awards. 


Major sponsors of the 2013 campaign included:


  • Tulsa World
  • American Airlines
  • Bank of Oklahoma
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
  • Covanta Energy
  • Hillcrest Healthcare System
  • Holly Frontier
  • Jack Frank Productions
  • Langdon Publishing/TulsaPeople
  • MidFirst Bank
  • Public Service Company of Oklahoma
  • QuikTrip Corporation
  • Rosemont Realty Services
  • Schnake Turnbo Frank
  • Stokely Outdoor Advertising
  • University of Oklahoma – Tulsa.

Of the more than 500 companies and organizations that received awards at the ceremony, several earned Best of the Best Awards, including:

  • Adams Hall Asset Management, LLC
  • Alliance Resource Partners, LP
  • American Residential Group
  • BancFirst – Tulsa
  • BKD, LLP
  • Blue Stone Natural Resources, Inc.
  • The Bridges Foundation
  • Bristow Social Services
  • Broken Arrow Seniors
  • Budco
  • Camp Fire Green Country, Inc.
  • Child Abuse Network (CAN)
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Cyclonic Valve Company, Inc.
  • D&L Oil Tools
  • DVIS/Call Rape
  • Eastern Oklahoma Donated Dental Services
  • Ernst & Young, LLP
  • First Oklahoma Bank
  • Frederic Dorwart Lawyers
  • Hall Estill
  • Hogan Taylor
  • Hospice of Green Country
  • Jim D. Burwell, CPA
  • Kinder Morgan, Inc.
  • Leaders Life Insurance Company
  • Littlefield Brand Development
  • Magellan Midstream Partners, LP
  • Neosource, Inc.
  • Palmer
  • Patriot Bank
  • Resonance Center for Women, Inc.
  • Samson Energy Company, LLC
  • Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce
  • Schnake Turnbo Frank
  • Senior Star Living
  • Show, Inc.
  • Tulsa Area United Way
  • Tulsa CARES
  • Tulsa CASA, Inc.
  • Tulsa County Board of Commissioners and IT Department
  • Tulsa New Holland
  • Tulsa Regional Chamber
  • Valley National Bank
  • Williams
  • World Travel Services, LLC
  • Youth Services of Creek County
  • Zenergy, Inc.

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