Tulsa Area United Way Honors Recent Supporters 

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WILLIAMS SUMMIT LEADERSHIP AWARD: First Oklahoma Bank was presented with the Williams Summit Leadership Award. From left are 2020 United Way Board Chair Kirk Hays, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arvest Bank, and First Oklahoma Bank representatives Brook Hostetler, Tom Bennett III and Tom Bennett II.

The Tulsa Area United Way announced the winners of its annual awards program, recognizing the fundraising efforts of its corporate partners and community organizations, including QuikTrip, Bank of Oklahoma, Arvest Bank, George Kaiser Family Foundation and more. The Live United Awards celebration was held in February at the Cox Business Convention Center.   
Alison Anthony, President and CEO of Tulsa Area United Way, said “At Tulsa Area United Way, we love the month of February because it gives us all the opportunity to come together and thank our donors and volunteers for a remarkable community effort.” We hear so much about division in our country, but this event unites us to lift each other up and celebrate working together to do something amazing for our neighbors, friends and family members,” 
More than 30,000 individuals and 1,000 companies and organizations raised $26,028,910 during the annual fall campaign, surpassing the 2019 campaign goal. Those funds are reinvested in the community through the Tulsa Area United Way’s 59 partner agencies in the areas of education, health and safety, and financial stability, as well as several community collaborative projects and social innovation grants that address complex challenges.
Leading companies and organizations and the amounts raised include QuikTrip, over $2 million; Bank of Oklahoma over $1.5 million; ONEOK and Williams, each over $1 million and George Kaiser Family Foundation, Magellan Midstream Partners and ONE Gas, 
each over $500,000. 
Among the honorees this were former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor and Josh Starks, Commander of VFW Post 577.   
Other major award winners include First Oklahoma Bank, Nordam, Ramsey Industries, Frederic Dorwart Lawyers, Hughes-Anderson Heat Exchangers, Sapulpa Public Schools, T.D. Williamson, Life Senior Services, Gateway First Bank, Laredo Petroleum, Arvest Bank and Tulsa County.

About the Tulsa Area United Way  
The Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW) is a nonprofit organization in the six-county area funding 59 partner agencies whose critical services deliver the three building blocks to a better life: education, financial stability and health/safety.  
Since 1924, it has raised and invested more than $825 million to assist people in need in Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Rogers, Wagoner and Tulsa counties.
All contributions to the TAUW are invested locally, and governance is maintained by a highly dedicated Board of Directors. The 2020 Board Chair is Kirk Hays, President and CEO of Arvest Bank, Tulsa. For more information, visit www.tauw.org