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United Way thanks community supporters

The Bartlesville Regional United Way thanked their supporters at an event Tuesday evening at the Bartlesville Community Center.

“We are so blessed by everyone who gave to our United We Rock campaign,” Bartlesville Regional United Way President and CEO Lisa Cary said. “Bartlesville is a generous community, and even during this time of transition, they still showed their support. Thank you to every company that ran an internal campaign or sponsored one of our events. And thank you to every individual who gave of their time and money to help us with this campaign.”

Campaign Chair Bob Heinrich announced that the 2017 United We Rock Campaign raised $2,229,759, reaching 93% of the goal. This the fourth-highest amount raised in its 78-year history. The money funds programs at thirteen partner agencies and two initiatives in Washington, Nowata and Osage counties. The United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in the community.

The Bartlesville community faced challenges during the 2017 campaign. The energy sector, which the Bartlesville community is heavily reliant on, has struggled over the past few years. The companies and employees in Bartlesville also gave generously to the hurricanes.

“Our board has worked diligently to plan for times like this,” Cary said. “We remain committed to fund our agencies at 100 percent, and we will look as an organization at ways to more effectively use the resources the community has given us.”

The United Way Golf Scramble continued to be a success, raising over $470,000. Hosted by ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66, the tournament brings in vendors from all across the country. James and Miriam Mulva also gave the campaign a boost through continuing their generous giving, and the retiree community in Bartlesville continued to play a large part in the campaign. Area companies also worked hard on their internal campaigns, and United Way events such as the Campaign Kickoff, United We Rock night and the Sperry Zervas Memorial Sporting Clays Tournament added to the total. Campaign Chairs Bob and Jill Heinrich along with the rest of the campaign cabinet were also a great asset in helping to raise the money.

“United Way remains committed to our mission of accountability,” Cary said. “When you give to United Way, you know that those dollars will be invested wisely in programs that make a difference.”

Cary is excited about the year ahead.

“We will have the opportunity to build even closer relationships with our partners and share our mission with the community. United Way provides a community vision to meet needs and changes lives in the areas of education, financial stability and health.”