Tulsa Area United Way Announces 2017 Campaign Goal of $25 Million
The Tulsa Area United Way unveiled a goal of $25 million for its 2017 campaign on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Broken Arrow – Union High School football game.
The goal was announced before 15,000 parents and fans at the game, which was televised nationally on ESPN. Members of the Broken Arrow High School Cheer Squad helped to reveal the goal.
“Although this year’s goal is impressive, the need in the Tulsa area is great and we cannot let down those who depend upon us,” said Mark Graham, President and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way. “It is so important that we all come together to make our community a better place to live.”
The local United Way provides funding to 59 of the region’s top non-profit organizations in the areas of education, health/safety and financial stability.
John Hewitt, President and CEO of Matrix Service Company, is serving as chair of this year’s United Way campaign.
He will be assisted by 40 community leaders who serve on the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet, and have already begun raising funds toward the campaign. In addition, 25 loaned executives will join the United Way staff and Campaign Cabinet to reach this year’s goal.
“We have a highly energized and enthusiastic Campaign Cabinet and although some sectors of the economy are still soft, the prospects for a successful campaign this year are high,” Hewitt said.
This summer, 12 Trailblazer companies and organizations conducted early campaigns, in advance of the fall campaign. The goal of the early Trailblazer campaign is $3,230,161. The Trailblazer campaign will conclude and the results of their early effort will be announced on Friday, Sept. 8, at the United Way’s annual Day of Caring kick-off and breakfast, to be held at 7 a.m. at the downtown branch of the Tulsa City-County Library.
The Tulsa Area United Way’s annual fall campaign will conclude at the “Unite” celebration on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the newly renovated Tulsa City-County Library in downtown Tulsa. Members of the public are invited to attend.