The Tulsa Area United Way reached the goal for its annual campaign, raising $25,326,613 for the community.
The original goal was $25,254,166.
The local United Way announced the grand total of its annual campaign at the Unite celebration, held on Thursday, Nov. 8, at Climb Tulsa.
The total amount was revealed by climbers who unfurled a 30-foot banner from a towering rock wall before 200 guests at the new climbing gym.
“The tremendous success of this year’s campaign is a testament to the generosity of residents in the Tulsa area, and I thank each of them in this, my first campaign as President and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way,” said Alison Anthony. “This amount represents the real needs of our community and we are honored to be able to give people a way to help each other, uniting the people and resources that make this a great place to live.”
The campaign will fund the Tulsa Area United Way’s 59 partner agencies in the areas of education, health/safety and financial stability, as well as several community collaborative projects and Social Innovation Grants that address complex challenges, beginning on Jan. 1, 2019.
“This was a community-wide effort – more than 35,000 individuals and 1,200 companies, both large and small, participated in this year’s campaign,” said Rob Martinovich, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of ONEOK and 2018 Chair of the Tulsa Area United Way campaign.
Members of the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet, as well as other volunteers and contributors, gathered at the climbing gym to learn about the success of this year’s campaign, with the help of the climbers. The teams reported their total amount raised, which was added to a cumulative total. By evening’s end, the goal of the campaign was reached before cheering supporters.
In the last 95 years, the local United Way has invested nearly $800 million in the community.
This year’s campaign will be celebrated and high-performing company, business and organizational campaigns will receive recognition at the Tulsa Area United Way’s annual Live United Awards and Luncheon, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at the Cox Business Center. For more information, visit www.tauw.org.