Tulsa Area United Way surpasses fundraising goal, sets record
BY MIKE AVERILL World Staff Writer
Thursday, November 08, 2012
11/08/12 at 8:15 PM
The Tulsa Area United Way not only surpassed its goal for its 2012 fundraising campaign, but it raised more money than any other campaign in its 88-year history.
The agency raised $25,575,522, beating its $24.9 million goal by $675,500.
The previous campaign high was $25,025,000, reached in 2002.
The announcement was made Thursday night at the agency’s Unite! celebration in the lobby of the 624 Boston Building downtown.
In the past 88 years the Tulsa Area United Way has raised and invested more than $618 million in the Tulsa area, helping provide critical health and human services to the community.
The agency provides services to more than 600,000 people annually through its 61 partner agencies in Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Rogers, Tulsa and Wagoner counties.
The final campaign numbers include verbal commitments from area employers, many of which are still conducting their campaigns with employees.
Pledges still accepted:
The Tulsa Area United Way will continue to accept pledges through the rest of the year. Pledges can be made by calling 918-583-7171 or going online to tulsaworld.com/tauw.
Mark Graham, president and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way, points to a screen as QuikTrip CEO Chet Cadieux, chairman of this year's United Way fundraising campaign, announces the total raised this year for the United Way. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World
The amount raised for the Tulsa Area United Way this year is announced in lights on the BOK Tower on Thursday night. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World
Cheerleaders raised cards announcing the fundraising goal of the Tulsa Area United Way during the Backyard Bowl football game at the University of Tulsa on Aug. 31. The goal was surpassed by $675,500, it was announced Thursday evening. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World file