Bartlesville Regional United Way announces $2.4 million goal

Campaign Co-Chair Jill Heinrich announced a $2.4 million campaign goal on Aug. 29 at the United Way Campaign Kickoff. This is United Way’s highest campaign goal to date.

She and her husband, Bob, challenged the community members present to be a part of making this campaign successful.

“United, we provide a helping hand up to a family who experienced a house fire,” Campaign Co-Chair  Bob Heinrich said. “United, we help a single mother afford a doctor’s visit. United, we provide educational after-school care and tutoring to build up our next generation. United, we raise people out of generational poverty.”

Around 240 members of the community attended the “United We Rock” campaign kickoff held at the Bartlesville Community Center. They were entertained by Summer’s Aunt Jeanie, a local band made up of Michael Colaw, Trey Stumpff, Jacob Hemphill and Jason Horn.

The gathered community members also learned more about the United Way’s work and the upcoming campaign at the event. President and CEO Lisa Cary, who is going into her first campaign with United Way, spoke about her vision for the year ahead.

“My vision coming on board was to uphold the integrity of the United Way and make it very visible in the community I love,” Cary said. “Thank you for allowing me to serve in our community through United Way.”

Partner agency director Treasure Standeford of the Boys & Girls Club of Nowata shared how United Way made a difference for her agency. By partnering with her on the Food 4 Kids program, which sends food home with children who are at risk of going hungry over the weekend, the Club has been able to expand the program from 35 kids to over 150.

“This would not have happened without the support of United Way,” Standeford said.

The money raised during the campaign will allow the United Way to fight for the education, health, and financial stability of every person in our community. BRUW supports 13 partner agencies and three initiatives that are working towards this goal.

“United Way is more than fundraisers, we are hand raisers and game changers,” President and CEO Lisa Cary said. “Whether it is partnering to meet a critical need in the community or coordinating 1,800 volunteers for Day of Caring, United Way is fighting for our community. And when we all unite, we can win.”

The community will have the chance to attend other events that benefit the United Way campaign. A “United We Rock” night is being planned for Sept. 23, and will also feature music by Summer’s Aunt Jeanie. Watch for more details  on the website.

The Sperry Zervas Memorial Sporting Clays Tournament is also being re-launched. After a pause of a year, the ninth annual tournament is slated to be better than ever. It will held at 9 a.m. on Oct. 28 at the Foster Ranch. The Foster Ranch is on the west side of Highway 74, four miles south of Bartlesville.

Winners of this 100-target tournament will receive prizes and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. A delicious BBQ lunch is provided. The cost is $144 per participant or $576.00 per team of four. For registration forms, visit www.bartlesvilleuw.org.