The Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce celebrated the conclusion of another successful Resource Campaign on Thursday.

The effort raised a total of $3,179,039.

During the 10-week campaign, 55 volunteers sold sponsorships to 302 member companies for the chamber’s programs, events, services and publications.

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The chamber has raised more than $55 million in the 25 years since the inception of the campaign.

Revenue from the effort makes up about one quarter of the chamber’s annual budget.

“The Resource Campaign is one of the primary ways chamber members invest in regional economic prosperity,” said David Stratton, executive vice president of Tulsa corporate banking for BOK Financial and 2019 chamber chairman.

“Funds raised from the campaign enable the chamber to affect the trajectory of northeast Oklahoma. From partnerships with the public sector on transformative investments like Vision Tulsa and ONEOK Field, to regional collaboration on economic development and legislative advocacy, the impact of the Tulsa-area business community throughout the last quarter of a century is truly remarkable.”

The campaign funds the chamber’s member services and programming within its four strategic initiatives: economic development, regional tourism, government affairs and community development.

Campaign revenue also supports the contributions the chamber makes to its regional economic development partnership, Tulsa’s Future, and the convention and visitors bureau, VisitTulsa.

“A lot has changed in Tulsa during the last 25 years, but one thing has remained an absolute constant: the commitment and dedication of our campaign volunteers,” said Mark Poole, president and COO at First National Bank and Trust of Broken Arrow and this year’s campaign leader.

“The success of this campaign is a direct reflection of their commitment. From our humble beginnings raising $106,000 in 1995 to surpassing $3 million in 2011, I’m honored to be part of this campaign’s history.”

Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal credited Karen Humphrey, a 30-year veteran with the chamber, for her work to coordinate and direct the efforts of campaign volunteers.

“We would not be celebrating 25 years of the Resource Campaign without Karen Humphrey,” he said. “She is highly regarded within the chamber industry, as evidenced by the respect she commands among peer chambers and her 2015 induction into the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives Hall of Fame.

“Raising $3 million in one year is a significant achievement; raising $55 million during the course of a career is unrivaled. Karen is incredibly special to our organization, and we’re thrilled to celebrate her and her impact this year.”

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