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Tulsa Area United Way Honors Top Supporters

STRONG LEADERSHIP: From, left, Steve Bradshaw, chair of the TAUW Board of Directors; Libby Johnson, recipient of the annual Clydella Hentschel Award for Women in Leadership; David Hentschel, who was married to Clydella before she passed away; Susan Crenshaw, chair of the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council; and Marla Bradshaw, co-chair of the 2016 TAUW campaign, during the recent Awards Luncheon. Johnson was the 2016 recipient of the Hentschel Award, which is given to a female leader in the community each year.

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The Tulsa Area United Way honored its leading supporters and volunteers at the recent Live United Awards and Luncheon.

Several companies and organizations received awards during the annual event before more than 900 guests at the Cox Business Center.

The local United Way also celebrated the success of its 2016 campaign, which resulted in $25,323,712 for the community, exceeding its goal by nearly a half-million dollars.

“The 2016 campaign was highly successful due to the strong leadership of our volunteers and contributions by nearly 40,000 individuals,” said Mark Graham, President and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way.

Co-Chairs of the 2016 campaign were Marla and Steve Bradshaw. “This campaign was truly a community-wide endeavor and proof that Tulsa is one of the nation’s most generous cities,” said Marla Bradshaw, a community advocate. Steve Bradshaw is president and CEO of BOK Financial.

The Quik Trip Corporation received the United Way’s Groundbreaker Award for conducting the only employee campaign in excess of $2 million.

Major supporters included Bank of Oklahoma, the J.A. Chapman and Leta M. Chapman Trusts, ONEOK and Williams, each receiving Cornerstone Awards for support in excess of $1 million, and ONE Gas, which received the Pillar Award for support above a half-million dollars.

The Williams Summit Leadership Award for best overall campaign was awarded jointly to Bank of Oklahoma and WPX Energy. Both companies conducted model campaigns with high levels of employee participation, Graham said.

Other major award recipients were First Oklahoma Bank, Mid-Sized Business Award; Frederic Dorwart Lawyers, Small Business Award; Omni Air International, Leadership Giving Award; Explorer Pipeline, Trailblazer Award; Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Illuminate Award; Cyntergy AEC, Ignite Award; and U.S. Postal Service, Combined Federal Campaign Eagle Award.

The Community Service Award went to Williams for its employees’ exceptional service to the community through volunteerism.

The local United Way’s most prestigious honor for an individual went to community advocate Libby Johnson, who received the Clydella Hentschel Award for Women in Leadership. Johnson has served as a leader and champion of women and African Americans in Tulsa and northeast Oklahoma for several decades.

She is a charter member of the Women’s Leadership Council, and, along with her husband Michael Johnson, has been a member of the United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society for 17 years. Libby also served on the Board of Directors of the Tulsa Area United Way.

The Tulsa Area United Way looks forward to its 2017 campaign for the community, which will publicly kick off in August. Chair of the 2017 campaign is John Hewitt, president and CEO of Matrix Service Company.

For more information on the Tulsa Area United Way and its 58 partner agencies, visit or call 918-583-7171.  

Updated 04-24-2017

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