Bartlesville Regional United Way exceeds campaign goal

The Bartlesville community has proved to be a hero to those in need yet again. Despite tough economic times, they rallied behind the Bartlesville Regional United Way’s “The Hero In U” Annual Campaign.

The Bartlesville Regional United Way raised $2,419,571, surpassing its goal of $2 million by more than $400,000, with a few pledges still to be received. This is the second highest amount raised in their 77-year history.

The campaign results were announced by Campaign Chairs Rick and Kathy Loyd on Tuesday. Supporters and volunteers who contributed to the campaign were thanked at a reception hosted at the Bartlesville Community Center.

“For a community of our size to raise so much money is a great feat and a testament to the generosity of everyone who contributed to our campaign,” President and CEO Lisa Cary said. “The tough economic climate often means that our funded programs see more people seeking their services, so the money raised is more crucial than ever. We really saw our community pull together to meet critical needs, and we are thrilled with the results of our campaign. We would like to express our sincere appreciation and deepest gratitude to the donors.  Thank you for being the Hero in U!"

The money raised will help fund the Bartlesville Regional United Way’s 13 partner agencies and three initiatives, each of whom is meeting a critical need. The Bartlesville Regional United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the community.

This year’s goal was set a little lower than last year’s due to economic concerns, but the campaign exceeded expectations. The United Way Golf Scramble played a large role in the success of the campaign, raising $430,000. Hosted by ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66, the tournament brings in vendors from all across the country. Another factor in the success of the campaign was the generous giving by employees during company campaigns and by the large retiree community in Bartlesville. James and Miriam Mulva also gave the campaign a boost through a substantial gift.

“Many of our businesses put a lot of effort into their company campaigns,” Marketing Manager Abigail Singrey said. “Whether it was hosting an event, holding a kickoff for their employees or working with the United Way staff to find ways to build excitement, our supporters approached this campaign with enthusiasm, and their work really paid off.”

Several companies are still wrapping up their fundraising efforts, so the United Way staff expects the total raised to rise a little higher. Under the leadership of Cary, who took the helm in November, the United Way staff expect to keep this momentum going to do great things in the coming year.

The Bartlesville Regional United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the community.