Leaders of the Tulsa Area United Way campaign divisions reported today that 56 percent of the campaign goal has been raised at the halfway point.
Gary Paxton, CEO of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group and the 2007 Campaign Chair, announced that $12.9 million of the $23.3 million goal had been reached.
“With a strong economic climate in the Tulsa area, we are pleased to be over the half way point to date,” Paxton said. “However, there is still another $10.3 million to be raised and we will need help from the entire community to make this critical goal.”
Paxton said that many campaigns are just now getting underway and praised the thousands of volunteers working on the campaigns. “The Campaign Cabinet, volunteers, Loaned Executives and Campaign Staff have been working hard to kick off campaigns at companies throughout the community, and we will keep working diligently and enthusiastically to be sure we reach and exceed our goal,” he said.
Kathleen Coan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Tulsa Area United Way, added, “At the same time, hundreds of individuals have stretched to make leadership gifts of $500 or more because of the Leadership Challenge Grant. This grant, generously offered by Henry Zarrow and George Kaiser of $200,000 each, matches all new or increased leadership gifts.”
“This community excels at taking care of our own,” Coan said. “And in our Centennial year, that can-do pioneer spirit is already evident in the outstanding results of the ten Trailblazer campaigns and the tremendous participation in the Day of Caring.” Paxton noted, “There are a number of companies new to Tulsa who are really coming through to help the community.”