Neediest Families Fund Drive raises $318,853, surpassing goal
BY SHANNON MUCHMORE World Staff Writer
Sunday, December 30, 2012
12/30/12 at 7:41 AM
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Tulsa World readers donated $318,853 to the Neediest Families Fund Drive this year, surpassing the goal of $300,000.
In a series of stories from Thanksgiving to Christmas, the World highlighted families in need in the Tulsa area. The families were selected by The Salvation Army, which will distribute vouchers to the families from the money donated to the fund.
None of the money goes toward administrative costs, and the families do not receive the money directly.
Last year's goal was also $300,000, which was exceeded by $34,888.
More than $5.3 million has been raised since 1993.
The Neediest Families Fund began as the Tulsa Tribune's Santa Pal project in 1928. The Salvation Army was brought into the project in 1948, and the World took over the tradition after the Tribune closed in 1992.
"It is always so heartwarming for us to be a part of the Neediest Families fundraising drive during the holidays," said Robert E. Lorton III, publisher of the Tulsa World. "The Tulsa community is one of the most giving in the nation, and we are reminded of that especially at this time of the year."
Maj. Jim Taylor, Salvation Army Tulsa Area commander, said families selected for the Neediest Families Fund are able to receive more help than is usually available.
He was pleased but not surprised that the goal was reached, he said.
"That goes a long way to helping The Salvation Army meet some of the greatest needs," he said.
Taylor thanked donors for their contributions but added that help is needed beyond Christmas.
"Our need goes year-round," he said. "Just because the Christmas kettles have been brought in and the Neediest Families drive has ceased doesn't mean the need goes away," he said.
Contributions to the Neediest Families Fund Drive
Donations to the Neediest Families Fund Drive for 2012 totaled $318,853.
Contributions from Tulsans: James F. and Susannah D. Adelson, $3,000; Tony, Brenda, Ronni and Maddi Laizure, $2,500; Barb and Ed Nonweiler, $1,000; Robert and Sandra Norman, $1,000; Adams Hall Asset Management, LLC, $1,000; Bob and Marion Richardson, $500; Margaret Walker, $300; Chelsea Gallery, $250; Ken Shoemaker, $250; Rich and Jeannette Dunn, $250; Nickle and Associates Inc., $250; Kevin and Annette Murray, $250; Paul and Sheila Brunton, $250; Ida Horeth, $200; Dean Bailey, $200; Robert E. Wilcox, $200; W. Suzanne and William B. Miller, $200; Chris Armstrong, $200; James McCoy, $200; Gary Quiggle and Carolyn Crabtree, $150; Mark Zannotti, $150 in memory of "Red" Young, who ministered to so many in Tulsa; Richard Holly, $100 on behalf of Earl and Nancy Holly; David C. Sewell, $100; L. Carole Scott, $100; Brian and Mary West, $100; Warren and Wilda Burdine, $100; Janet M. Miller, $100; Patricia and Gerald Biggs, $100; Norman and Cherry Fisher, $100; Glenn D. Hale, $100; Kimberly Marsh MacLeod, $75; Tom and Janet Holland, $75; John and Linda Vestring, $50 in memory of Aaron Halford and Bart Betow; Lindsey Claire Smith and Chris Newsome, $50 in memory of Jon Dwight Smith; Don and Janet Whited, $50; Linda Lytle, $50; Danny L. Bishop, $50; Ann Goodman, $50 in honor of John Fossard; Patricia Sheffield, $50; Billie Ann Payne, $50; Susan Swatek, $50; Mary L. Green, $50; Gerald Neale, $30; Shirley Jean Spangler, $25; T.C. and Nancy Pemberton, $25; Delvine Nally, $25; Willie Beasley, $25; Jan Whitaker, $10.
Contributions from outside Tulsa: Charlene L. and Daniel L. Flick, Dallas, $5,000; Stephen and Karen Brownlee, Mounds, $500 in honor of Al and Jerri Brownlee, Jan Johnson and in memory of Clyde Johnson; David Lunsford, Broken Arrow, $400; Janice Gabriel, Owasso, $100; Dot Phillips, Broken Arrow, $100; Wendell and Phyllis Weller, Cleveland, Okla., $50; Wes and Patti Fry, Owasso, $50; Clarence and Virginia Byrom, Cleveland, Okla., $50; Tim Ross, Bixby, $50; Nona Cameron, Fort Worth, $50 in memory of Charlene, Butch and Sharon Gale Sconyers; Ann M. Reynolds, Collinsville, $25; Dan and Brenda Lehner, Owasso, $25; Rhonda Tuller, Broken Arrow, $25; Henry and Shirley Elledge, Cleveland, Okla., $20.
Anonymous donations: $138,579, including $250 in honor of Leslie Beyer, the Jeffrey Beyer Family and the Michael Beyer Family; $100 in memory of Dylan Lynn; $50 in memory of Lacy Smith.
Original Print Headline: Fund drive for needy exceeds goal
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