Each year, a select group of companies and organizations conduct early campaigns, committing to a 10 percent increase over last year and setting an example for other workplace campaigns to follow. These early campaigns take place during August and often raise as much as 10 percent of the overall goal; totaling several million dollars.
"The Trailblazers are vital to the overall campaign for two main reasons," said Derk Tenzythoff, Senior Vice President, Resource Development. "They set the tone for the entire campaign and the momentum they create helps get the community engaged and moving toward the goal."
The Trailblazer companies represent a cross section of industries and come in a variety of sizes. They are purposefully selected to be a microcosm of the campaign as a whole, Tenzythoff said. Nonprofit organizations and corporate representatives, small and large alike, take on leadership roles, proving to the community that it can be done - working together to reach the goal.
CEO commitment, well-organized campaigns, and workplace enthusiasm are characteristics that make a successful Trailblazer company.
"Each of these organizations has stepped up and said, 'We want to make Tulsa an even better place to live and we're serious about it,'" Tenzythoff said.
Alliance Resource Partners, LP
Bank of Oklahoma, N.A.
Compression Solutions, Inc.
Ernst & Young, LLP
Hillcrest HealthCare System
John Christner Trucking, Inc.
Littlefield Brand Development
luxa enterprises, llc
Melton Truck Lines, Inc.
Okmulgee memorial hospital
Ramsey Industries, Inc.
YMCA of Greater Tulsa
|From left: David Littlefield of Littlefield Brand Development,
Mark Graham of Tulsa Area United Way, Chet Cadieux of QuikTrip
Corporation and Ed Fariss of MidFirst Bank