A celebration of the largest campaign in its 90-year history, an address by U.S. United Way President Stacey Stewart and a special honor for local housing advocate Ruth Nelson highlighted the annual Live United Awards recently presented by the Tulsa Area United Way.
Nearly 1,000 guests representing the corporate, philanthropic and nonprofit communities attended the event held at the Cox Business Center, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma and Schnake Turnbo Frank.
“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 $26,602,884 during its 2014 campaign – the highest total in its 90-year history – exceeding its original goal of $26,200,000 by $402,884.
“The entire community deserves credit for the amazing successes of last year’s historic campaign,” Graham said.
Dr. Gerry Clancy, vice president and dean of health sciences at the University of Tulsa, served as 2014 campaign chair, and Becky J. Frank, president and CEO of Schnake Turnbo Frank, served as chair of the local United Way’s board of directors in 2014.
“I have been so impressed at how all sectors work together to support this community – funders, nonprofit organizations and the private sector alike. There is truly something special about Tulsa,” U.S. United Way President Stacey Stewart told guests.
The Clydella Hentschel Award for Women in Leadership was presented to longtime local housing advocate Ruth Nelson. Click here to read more about Ruth Nelson and the award.
Support at an Extraordinary Level
Companies and organizations that raised more than $1 million during their 2014 campaigns were presented with the Cornerstone Million Dollar Plus Award:
- J.A. and Leta M. Chapman Trusts
D&L Oil Tools Receives Top Honors
The Williams Summit Leadership Award, the Tulsa Area United Way’s most prestigious award for best overall campaign, was awarded to D&L Oil Tools, which doubled its number employees contributing at the leadership level of $500 or more annually, and increased the size of its overall campaign by 70 percent over the previous year.
Top Corporate Awards
Companies and organizations receiving major awards:
- Selser Schaefer Architects, Ignite! Award
- A New Leaf, Illuminate! Award
- T.D. Williamson, Trailblazer Award
- Tulsa Federal Credit Union, Leadership Giving Award
- New Gulf Resources, Small Business Award
- United States Postal Service – Tulsa Processing and Distribution Center, Combined Federal Campaign Eagle Awards.
Major sponsors of the 2014 campaign included Tulsa World Media Company, Ideaship Studios, American Airlines, Langdon Publishing/Tulsa People, Osage Casino, Hillcrest Medical Center, NORDAM, OU-Tulsa, TU’s True Blue Neighbors, Tulsa Federal Credit Union, Samson Energy, and the city’s labor unions.
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, AmeriTrust Corporation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, BKD, LLP, Bristow Social Services, Broken Arrow Seniors, Budco, Cargill Steel and Wire, CJC Architects, Inc., Crowe & Dunlevy, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, CSL Plasma – Cheyenne Location, D & L Oil Tools, First Oklahoma Bank, First United Bank of Sapulpa, GlobalHealth, Inc., Harlan Motor Company, Hospice of Green Country, Hughes-Anderson Heat Exchangers, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Langdon Publishing Co., LCP Consulting, LLC, Magellan Midstream Partners, LP, Mariner Holdings, MidFirst Bank, Neosource, Inc., New Gulf Resources, LLC, Newmark Grubb, Omni Air International, ONE Gas, Inc., ONEOK, Parent Child Center, Patriot Bank, Samson Energy Company, Schnake Turnbo Frank, Security Bank, Senior Star Living, Show, Inc., Social Security Administration – Okmulgee, Southwestern Payroll Service, Inc., The Bridges Foundation, The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, Tulsa Public Schools - Office of the Superintendent, Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa CARES, Tulsa CASA, Inc., Tulsa New Holland, Tulsa Regional Chamber, United States Postal Service - Customer Service Administration, United States Postal Service - Eastside Station, Valley National Bank, Visiting Nurse Association of Tulsa, Williams, and Youth Services of Creek County.