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Bartlesville Regional United Way announces $2.2 million goal

The Bartlesville Regional United Way announced a $2.2 million campaign goal on Sept. 1 at the United Way Campaign Kickoff.

“By contributing to the United Way campaign, you are helping change the lives of those in our community,” BRUW Board President Lindel Fields said. “You are allowing children to get help with their education. You are helping a family as they transition from poverty to prosperity. You are supporting people in living a healthy lifestyle.”

Around 180 members of the community attended the kickoff held at the Bartlesville Community Center. They were entertained by comedian Mike Bliss, who has been dazzling audiences with his high-energy performances and unique, one-of-a-kind illusions across the country from Miami to Fairbanks for the past 25 years. His performance venues include the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, Cancun, Honolulu, Tahiti, and even headlining his own show in Branson, Missouri, which was voted “Branson’s Specialty Act of the Year.”

The gathered community members also learned more about the United Way’s work and the upcoming campaign at the event. CEO and Executive Director Jody Burch announced the 2015 campaign theme, “Be the Face of Change.”

“What does the Face of Change look like?” Burch asked. “The Face of Change is a donor who gives to support of many good works. The Face of Change is a person who advocates standing up for those who have no voice. The Face of Change volunteers with Agape Mission to serve a meal or with a youth organization to tutor a child. The Face of Change can be old, The Face of Change can be young. The Face of Change is all of you and the thousands of donors that will participate in this year’s campaign.”

The money raised during the campaign will allow the United Way to continue to advance the common good in the areas of education, income and health, Burch said. The United Way also debuted their 2015 campaign video, which talks about the work United Way partner agencies and initiatives do in those three key areas. To view the video, go to bartlesvilleuw.org/video.

Burch also talked about how the United Way is expanding and adding initiatives and partner agencies. Last year, the Women’s Leadership Council, a United Way initiative, was founded with the goal of making an impact on education. In January, CityServe, an initiative that makes it easy to volunteer, became part of the United Way. Then, in April, Building Bridges of Oklahoma joined United Way with the mission of moving people from poverty to prosperity. In July, the BRUW Board of Directors added a new partner agency, the Boys & Girls Club of Nowata, who is making a difference in student’s learning and knowledge retention.

“I am confident this community can come together, meet our campaign goal and allow us to keep supporting these great works and many more programs at our partner agencies,” Burch said.