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United Way raises $17.5M in 2019 campaign

Bill and Sherri Lance, Jim Couch and  Debby Hampton pose Friday in front of the 2019 total dollar donation at the 19th annual Snowflake Gala, United Way of Central Oklahoma's celebration of the end of the 2019 fundraising campaign and announcement of the total amount raised, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. [Doug Hoke photos/The Oklahoman]
Bill and Sherri Lance, Jim Couch and Debby Hampton pose Friday in front of the 2019 total dollar donation at the 19th annual Snowflake Gala, United Way of Central Oklahoma's celebration of the end of the 2019 fundraising campaign and announcement of the total amount raised, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. [Doug Hoke photos/The Oklahoman]

United Way of Central Oklahoma celebrated the close of its 2019 fundraising campaign Friday night with its 19th annual Snowflake Gala at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

United Way revealed a grand total of $17,501,030 was raised through more than 700 employee workplace campaigns, corporate gifts, individual donors and initiatives. The campaign had more than 30,000 donors.

The organization credited its top community partners, which include Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Devon Energy Corp., OGE Energy Corp., Loves Travel Stops and Country Stores Inc., American Fidelity, The Chickasaw Nation, E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Enable Midstream Partners, Bank of Oklahoma and MidFirst Bank, for helping achieve its goal.

“We are incredibly lucky to be connected with such strong community partners,” said Debby Hampton, president and CEO of United Way of Central Oklahoma. “When there’s a need, our community leaders always step up to help make a difference in central Oklahoma."

“This is what it means to be a good community partner,” said Bill Lance, secretary of commerce for The Chickasaw Nation and campaign co-chairman along with Sherri Lance. “In difficult times like these, central Oklahomans need help from the United Way more than ever and we are very appreciative of the tremendous support the community has shown for the United Way and its Partner Agencies.”

“The Chickasaw Nation is pleased to continue its longstanding commitment to United Way of Central Oklahoma. We are proud of our leadership role in funding the resources needed to assist the most vulnerable citizens of this community,” added Lance.

Several campaigns that contributed to the larger United Way of Central Oklahoma goal were recognized:

• The Heart of the City campaign raised $571,732.

• The State Charitable Campaign totaled $420,868.

Additionally, the United Way of Logan County raised $206,962 and United Way of Canadian County raised $250,534 through their campaigns.

Those campaigns, combined with $260,350 raised for the students of Oklahoma City Public School’s through the EmbraceOKC initiative, adds up to a total of $17,501,350 that will be put back into the community.

Honoring volunteers

United Way of Central Oklahoma also recognized three community leaders for their dedication to the mission of the organization.

Carl Edwards, business and community leader, was presented with United Way's highest honor, the Richard H. Clements Lifetime Achievement Award; Sue Ann Arnall received the John and Berta Faye Rex Community Builder Award; and Jim Curry, president of Oklahoma AFL-CIO, was honored with the Ray Ackerman Leadership Award.

“Tonight’s honorees are always looking for ways to better our community,” Hampton said. “United Way is blessed with an amazing board of directors, campaign cabinet and volunteers who give of themselves with such tremendous generosity.”

United Way Campaign

Although the 2019 campaign has ended, the United Way of Central Oklahoma continues to recruit volunteers and raise funds for community projects and partner agencies year round. Donations can be made to United Way’s website: www.unitedwayokc.org.

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<strong>Jim Couch poses with Carl Edwards, the Richard H. Clements Lifetime Achievement Award winner. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Jim Couch poses with Carl Edwards, the Richard H. Clements Lifetime Achievement Award winner. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

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