TAUW e-newsletter 

TAUW's Quarterly E-Newsletter                              Vol. 3, Issue 2 | July 2011

2011 Goal Reveal

Eloté's Luchador wrestlers and trainer with Mark Graham, TAUW President and CEO; Steve Capron, 2011 Community Investments Co-Chair; and Jim Bender, 2011 Campaign Chair after the exciting 2011 goal reveal.


La Pandita triumpsTAUW GoalrevealVolunteers Announce 2011 Campaign Goal


Tulsa Area United Way volunteers announced the 2011 Campaign Goal with the help of some exciting theatrics from Eloté Café's Luchador wrestlers. After five months and more than 5,000 volunteer hours from Community Investment panelists, the TAUW Board of Directors voted June 21 to set the goal at $24,556,573.

"As we prepare for this year's campaign, we are both optimistic and realistic. There are plenty of opportunities in our sights. We have found that as our economy continues to improve, the people and companies of Tulsa come through with generosity and giving spirits," said Jim Bender 2011 Campaign Chair. "We feel this goal will provide our 61 partner agencies with the necessary resources to meet the increased need for critical services in the Tulsa area."

The Campaign officially kicks off Sept. 9 with Day of Caring and continues through Nov. 10. To donate or for more information about running a campaign, call 918-583-7171 or visit www.tauw.org.


Trailblazer logoRegistrationTrailblazer is Open for 2011 Trailblazer Runs


The fourth annual Trailblazer 5K Run and Block Party is coming up Friday, Aug. 12. There will be three races, live music from The Usual Suspects, food and shaved ice, free kids' activities and lots of fun for the whole family.


So whether you're training for the 5K or just coming to cheer on your favorite runner, don't miss this exciting event at beautiful Centennial Park at 6th and Peoria.


Click here for more information or to register.

Trailblazer Sponsors


Trust LuchapaloozaUs - You'll Love Luchapalooza 

Luchapalooza 2010 

Luchador wrestling is a form of masked wrestling that has come to Tulsa at Eloté Café and Catering. Each Luchador has a character, back story and ongoing conflicts with other Luchadores, which makes for lots of thrilling matches and crowd interaction. Join the Tulsa Area United Way and Eloté this Oct. 1 for Luchapalooza in the middle of beautiful downtown.

This event will be a spectacular street festival complete with multiplePhoenix Luchador matches, food and drinks from Eloté, a kids area with Luchador-themed activities, live music from four bands and the announcement of TAUW's 2011 Mid-Campaign status. You won't want to miss this exciting and one-of-a-kind event.

To read more about the Luchadores and their wrestling visit, www.elotetulsa.com.

DesignDesign Contest for a TAUW T-shirt

We're looking for design submissions for our TAUW T-shirt Design Contest.


Designs will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges who will pick the top five favorites. Then the Tulsa area community will vote to choose the winner.


The winning design will be sold at Boomtown Tees in downtown Tulsa with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the TAUW 2011 Campaign.


More info: www.tauw.org/shirtcontest

T-shirt Design Contest

New PartnerNewAgencies Agencies Take Learning Seriously

TAUW has added two new partner agencies, both of which have met all our standards of excellence. Each agency has an education focus, which is one of our three building blocks to a better life. Crosstown Learning Center concentrates on early childhood development while KIPP Tulsa educates fifth through eighth graders.
Crosstown logo
Crosstown Learning Center is a nationally-accredited childcare center, the first of its kind in north Tulsa. Their Creative Curriculum encourages learning through the exploration of materials and focuses on the individual child, incorporating their needs into the classroom. Crosstown involves children, parents and members of the community in the learning process through parent education programs and a family support specialist on staff. Crosstown's mission statement is to provide educational opportunities in a nurturing environment for children and their families to learn and grow together.
KIPP Tulsa logo

KIPP Tulsa is a tuition-free, open enrollment, college preparatory middle school. Their mission statement is to build character and to prepare all students with the optimum academic and social skills necessary in order to succeed in high school, college and the competitive world beyond. Their goal is to do whatever it takes to ensure the students matriculate to college. KIPP operates according to a set of five core principles: (1)high expectations for academic achievement and conduct, (2)choice in participation and commitment to the program, (3)more time in the classroom, (4)power to lead and (5)focus on results with no shortcuts or excuses.

TAUWNania Honored with Nania Award

The Tulsa Area United Way was honored June 21 by Tulsa Partners with a Nania Award for work in business continuity and emergency planning with member nonprofit organizations. "Nania" is a Cherokee word meaning "all together" and these awards recognize the outstanding work of local corporate and nonprofit entities and individuals in building a disaster-resistant and sustainable community. To see other Nania Award winners and read more about the award click here.



The FacesFace of the 2011 Campaign

Save the Date for
STD2011 Events

20th Annual Day of Caring
Sept. 9
The Pavilion at Expo Square

Oct. 1
Downtown Tulsa

End of Campaign Celebration
Nov. 10

Welcomeeds to New Partner Agency Executive Directors

A New Leaf - Mary Ogle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma - Marla Mayberry

Broken Arrow Seniors - June Ross

Sand Springs Community Services - Judy Treat

LetterNALC Carriers' Food Drive Produces Plentiful Results

The National Association of Letter Carriers held their Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 14 and collected an amazing 242,010 pounds of food for local food pantries. Thank you to all of the letter carriers and everyone who put out food for donation.
NALC Food Drive

Women'sWLC Leadership Council

WLC logo


The Tulsa Area United Way Women's Leadership Council will be launched later this summer with a mission to unite women - their time, talent and resources - into a powerful network of individuals devoted to enhancing and strengthening inter-generational opportunities within our community. Watch for more details coming soon or email wlc@tulsaunitedway.org for more information.

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