Tulsa Area United Way Celebrates 100th Birthday April 1

Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW) is celebrating its centennial and 100 years of service to the community. The theme for the Centennial is “100 starts with 1.” The weeklong commemoration will encompass memories, successes and people whose lives have changed and saved through a century of heroes.

Today TAUW supports 160 programs across 70 organizations focusing on a variety of needs within the community. The programs range from mental illness and hunger to homelessness and family issues and serve all ages.

To commemorate this milestone, the TAUW team has organized daily events to share the history, partnership and passion the organization offers the community. They will be celebrating with current and past chairs, community leaders, city officials, Native American representatives and partner organizations.

“Our Centennial theme is perfect because it represents one lifeline, one meal, one home, one person in need, one person giving, one person serving, one moment that becomes a turning point in someone’s life,” said Allison Anthony, President and CEO of TAUW. “The fact is 100 years of Tulsa Area United Way really did begin with One… One small group, raising today’s equivalent of $4.5 million dollars to fund a handful of nonprofits that sparked a movement that has raised $926 million in our first 100 years of service. We are thrilled to celebrate with our team, partners, city officials and our loving community at this exciting time.”

The weeklong celebration includes daily activities throughout the area. The celebration schedule and more details will be shared leading up to each event with time and location.

Celebration Schedule

Monday, April 1st – Birthday Party at Expo Square to unveil the centennial t-shirt on the Golden Driller. The TAUW leadership team, Native American deputy chiefs, current and past chairs will speak and guests will enjoy a cupcake party.

Tuesday, April 2 – The TAUW’s Day at the Capitol includes proclamations from the Oklahoma Senate and Governor’s office.

Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4 – Up to ten rally points across TAUW’s six-county service area will feature some of the more than 70 nonprofit partners. With each handoff, the LED-lit torch passes a message of unity and reminds us that we’re all joining forces to address important community issues together.

Friday, April 5 – IGNITE Torch Homecoming Press Conference will include a breakfast and the torch will be put on display. Mayor Bynum will make a special announcement and partner organizations will be wearing their shirts and joining in on the celebration.

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