The Bartlesville Regional United Way celebrated the successful conclusion of it’s 2020 fundraising
campaign – which carried a theme of “Give Today, Change Tomorrow” – during its Annual Meeting on
In all, $1.75 million was raised during the campaign despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.
During the gathering – which was held virtually – donors ranging from corporations to individuals were
recognized and celebrated. Also recognized were those who helped coordinate the campaign, which
spanned from September through December. The list included United Way staff members and board
members as well as those associated with the organization’s 14 nonprofit partner agencies.
Fifty-one area businesses held fundraising activities to raise money toward the BRUW’s campaign, which
helps fund the 30 programs of its partner agencies. Among those honored were ConocoPhillips and
Phillips 66, which raised more than $500,000 apiece; Chevron Phillips, Quiktrip and Truity Federal Credit
Union (more than $50,000 apiece); Arvest Bank (more than $25,000); Ernst & Young (more than
$10,000); and Blue Sky Bio; Stotts, Archambo, Mueggenborg & Barclay; Ascension St. John – Jane Philips;
the Public Service Company of Oklahoma; and Zachry Construction (more than $5,000 apiece).
Phillips 66 was recognized with a Spotlight Award for teaming up with the Bartlesville Regional United
Way (BRUW) to develop and fund the COVID-19 Impact Grant Program. Thanks to a $300,000 donation
from Phillips 66, the BRUW was able to assist more than 50 area non-profit organizations as they looked
to help those most in need in the community.
Also honored with a Spotlight Award was Chevron Phillips, which showed the most growth between its
2019 and ’20 campaign with a jump of more than 50 percent in donations. The Boys & Girls Club of
Nowata took home the Illuminate Award for conducting a model campaign as a BRUW partner agency.
Several volunteers were recognized during the annual meeting for their dedication to the United Way
and it stated mission toward “leading the fight to improve the health, education and financial stability of
every person in our communities.” Loren Roszel was recognized for his dedication and unwavering
commitment to the Community Investment Committee (CIC) process, which helps ensure the BRUW
serves as good stewards of the funds with which it is entrusted. Craig Tompkins was recognized for his
years of service and commitment toward the United Way Golf Tournament. Despite the fact that the
tournament was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, more than 30 sponsors continued to support the
event anyway with all donations going toward the BRUW’s annual fundraising campaign.
Michael Gordon was celebrated for bringing the “I Can, Can You?” food drive to Bartlesville. Through the
effort, the BRUW collected tons of non-perishables to help area non-profit organizations restock their
food pantries. Jennifer Jackson received the Campaign Coordinator Award for leading the highly
successful internal campaign at Chevron Phillips for the past four years.
Due to the community’s collective efforts in raising funds, approximately 41,000 area individuals have
been served by the BRUW’s 14 non-profit partner agencies in the areas of health, education and
financial stability in the past year. The 14 partner agencies include Agape Mission, the American Red
Cross, the Boys & Girls Club of Bartlesville, the Boys & Girls Club of Nowata, Building Bridges, Catholic
Charities – Mary Martha Outreach, the Cherokee Council Boy Scouts, ElderCare, the Family Healthcare
Clinic, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, the Richard Kane YMCA, the Salvation Army, the Samaritan
Counseling & Growth Center and the Westside Community Center.
“United together,” says BRUW president and CEO Lisa Cary, “we are tackling problems every day in a
coordinated effort to make our communities better and stronger.”
For the last eight decades, the BRUW, which is a nonprofit organization as well, has supported programs
that help individuals reach their full potential. The organization places an emphasis on educational
programs that help children get a strong start by building critical reading skills to equip them for success
in school while also providing them with comprehensive job training that leads to future employment
and lifelong careers. The BRUW’s health-focused programs offer an avenue for healthcare assistance
and resources which promote positive active lifestyles for all generations.
Those living without food and basic necessities are provided services through the BRUW’s donor-funded
programs and are offered a path toward financial stability.
To learn more about the BRUW, including the positive impact its partner agencies are making in the area
as well as the complete list of business who support the organization, please visit