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United Way awards Spirit Award, honors outstanding businesses

Bob Pomeroy, winner of the Spirit Award, poses with Jamie Wood, the 2014 Spirit Award winner, and Jody Burch, CEO and Executive Director.

 

The Bartlesville Regional United Way celebrated the conclusion of a successful 75th anniversary campaign at their Annual Meeting on May 18. CEO and Executive Director Jody Burch announced that, after the final tally, the last campaign raised a stunning $2,612, 292.

“We would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals who contributed to the success of our campaign, particularly our Outstanding Businesses, who we honored at the Annual Meeting,” Burch said.

Bob Pomeroy was also presented with the 2015 Spirit Award by last year’s award recipient, Jamie Wood.

“(Pomeroy) has been described as someone who is caring, has a big heart, a genuine person, someone with many friends,”  Wood said

The United Way Spirit Award recognizes exceptional commitment and leadership in the community. Nominees must demonstrate the spirit of service to the community of Bartlesville by giving, volunteering, or being a champion for an organization. This person can be counted on and will go above and beyond to help make the community a better place for everyone.

Pomeroy, a retired marketing executive from Phillips Petroleum, was involved in Phillips 66 sponsorships of the Big Eight and Big 12, Conference USA and Mountain West basketball tournaments. In addition, he played a significant role in Phillips sponsorships in NASCAR and USA Swimming and Diving.

Along the way he was able to build connections and friendships in the sporting world, these connections are something that he “exploits” well on behalf of the community.

Pomeroy has been instrumental in bringing both the Lone Star Conference and Great American Conference basketball tournaments to Bartlesville the last several years bringing thousands to watch basketball and millions of dollars in economic impact.

He has also been a part of the Bartlesville Sports Commission since its inception in 2007.

As part of his connections, he also continues to work with United Way partner agency, Samaritan Counseling and Growth Center, in bringing guests from the sporting world to their annual fundraiser. Pomeroy was recently the chair of Samaritan’s Board of Directors.

A perfect example of Pomeroy’s leadership and “get it done” attitude was when he saw the decking of the Pathfinder Parkway pedestrian bridge over the Caney River was in bad repair.

 “When Bob identifies something that needs to be done, he doesn't just call city hall or someone and tell them about it,” City Planner Lisa Beeman said. “He steps in to do what has to be done to accomplish the task.”

To accomplish the task, Pomeroy formed the “Bridge Together” Campaign and he raised the money to get it fixed.

Beeman said, “I have a great deal of admiration for his 'can do' spirit.  He is willing to roll up his sleeves to get something done, not just talk about it.”

Pomeroy’s character, his hard work and his dedication to make Bartlesville a better place to live also led him be recognized in 2014 as the Bartlesville Citizen of the Year.

Each year, in addition to the funding provided to the agencies, BRUW issues competitive grants to other organizations meeting needs in the BRUW service area. Venture Grants are designed to either help new programs get off the ground or to expand existing programs. This year, the United Way awarded $71,870 in 2015 Venture Grants to be divided among 10 worthwhile programs in the local community.

The United Way also honored outstanding businesses that had gone above and beyond in contributing to the United Way. Businesses that were recognized increased their giving over the previous year, had at least 50 percent employee participation, participated in a campaign event and advertised their participation in the United Way campaign.

Businesses honored were AEP-PSO; Agape Mission; American Heritage Bank; Stotts, Archambo, Mueggenborg & Barclay; Arvest; Banc First; Bank of Oklahoma; Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce; Bartlesville Community Center; Career Employment Services; ConocoPhillips; EY; Green Country Village; Phillips 66; Phoenix Insurance; RCB Bank; Rogers State University; Schlumberger; Truity and Westside Community Center.