The Tulsa Area United Way honored its leading supporters and volunteers at the Live United Awards and Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Several companies and organizations received awards during the annual event before more than 900 guests at the Cox Business Center.
The local United Way also celebrated the success of its 2016 campaign, which resulted in $25,323,712 for the community, exceeding its goal by nearly a half million dollars.
“The 2016 campaign was highly successful due to the strong leadership of our volunteers and contributions by nearly 40,000 individuals,” said Mark Graham, President and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way.
Co-Chairs of the 2016 campaign were Marla and Steve Bradshaw. “This campaign was truly a community-wide endeavor and proof that Tulsa is one of the nation’s most generous cities,” said Marla Bradshaw, a community advocate. Steve Bradshaw is President and CEO of BOK Financial.
The Clydella Hentschel Award for Women in Leadership
The local United Way’s most prestigious honor for an individual went to community advocate Libby Johnson, who received the Clydella Hentschel Award for Women in Leadership. Johnson has served as a leader and champion of women and African Americans in Tulsa and northeast Oklahoma for several decades.
She is a charter member of the Women’s Leadership Council, and, along with her husband Michael Johnson, has been a member of the United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society for 17 years. Libby also served on the Board of Directors of the Tulsa Area United Way.
She also has served on the boards of the YWCA, American Heart Association and Oklahoma Caring Foundation, and has been a volunteer for KIPP: Tulsa College Preparatory and numerous other organizations. She has served as an advocate for health and education through The Links, a national African American women’s service organization. Through her leadership of its Tulsa chapter, she served key roles in elevating heart health, stroke awareness, breast cancer prevention and bone marrow donation in the community.
“Libby’s contributions in the Tulsa area have been nothing short of exceptional, and for the people she’s served, inspirational,” said Graham. “She embodies the leadership, commitment and passion required of the Clydella Hentschel Award, and has fully assumed the role as a leader among women in our community began many years ago by Clydella herself.”
Support at an Extraordinary Level
Companies and organizations that raised more than $2 million during their 2016 campaigns were presented with the Groundbreaker Award.
Companies and organizations that raised more than $1 million during their 2016 campaigns were presented with the Cornerstone Million Dollar Plus Award.
- Bank of Oklahoma
- J.A. and Leta M. Chapman Trusts
Pillar Award winning companies and organizations, which raised more than $500,000.
The Williams Summit Leadership Award
The Williams Summit Leadership Award for best overall campaign was awarded jointly to Bank of Oklahoma and WPX Energy. Both companies conducted model campaigns with high levels of employee participation.
Companies and organizations receiving major awards were:
- First Oklahoma Bank - Mid-Sized Business Award
- Frederic Dorwart Lawyers - Small Business Award
- Omni Air International - Leadership Giving Award
- Explorer Pipeline - Trailblazer Award
- Mental Health Association Oklahoma - Illuminate Award
- Cyntergy AEC - Ignite Award
- U.S. Postal Service - Combined Federal Campaign Eagle Award
The Community Service Award went to Williams for its employees’ exceptional service to the community through volunteerism.
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, Bank of Oklahoma, BKD, LLP, Broken Arrow Seniors, Caring Community Friends, Inc., Commerce Bank, Compression Solutions, Inc., DVIS, Elliott Dozier & Helland, PC, Ernst & Young, Family & Children's Services, First Oklahoma Bank, Firstar Bank, Frederic Dorwart Lawyers, Global Gardens, Harlan Motor Company, Hospice of Green Country, Jim Norton Toyota, Magellan Midstream Partners, LP, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Neosource, Inc., OG&E – Sapulpa, Okmulgee County Homeless Shelter, ONEOK, Inc., ONE Gas, Inc., Patriot Bank, QuikTrip Corporation, Union Public Schools - Rosa Parks Elementary, The Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Tulsa CASA, Inc., Tulsa Federal Credit Union, Tulsa New Holland, Tulsa Regional Chamber, and Valley National Bank.
The Tulsa Area United Way also looked forward to its 2017 campaign for the community, which will publicly kick off in August. Chair of the 2017 campaign is John Hewitt, President and CEO of Matrix Service Company.