TAUW e-newsletter

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


Leadership Challenge 

"I was able to enhance the size of my United Way gift by taking advantage of the Leadership Giving Challenge. Plus, the culture at T.D. Williamson encourages employees to give back to our community. I'm proud to be part of that tradition."  

- Chris Cloyde, T.D. Williamson Inc.

20 DaysChallanges Remain in the 2011 Campaign  


Opportunities to Leverage Your Leadership

Here are a few opportunities to make the money you give to TAUW go even further: 


Leadership Giving Challenge Grant

The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, in conjunction with another anonymous local foundation, has promised to match all new and increased leadership gifts (individual gifts only) of $500 or more during the 2011 campaign, up to $250,000.   


Small Business Challenge

QuikTrip will match dollar-for-dollar all first-time campaign gifts by small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, up to $100,000.

Alexis de Tocqueville Society Challenge
T.D. Williamson has agreed to contribute an additional $50,000 to the campaign if 15 or more members of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, a distinguished group of TAUW donors, increase their level of giving to $15,000 or more.

Call TAUW at 918-583-7171 for more information, or you can make a contribution online at www.tauw.org.


Jim BenderCampaignUpdate Update from  Jim Bender
2011 Campaign Chair

We are right in the midst of the 2011 Campaign. And thanks to many of you, we are optimistic that we will not only reach, but exceed our $24,556,573 goal. However, it will take all of us working together to achieve success.

For those of you who are still considering your United Way contribution, I want to make sure you are aware of an incredible opportunity. Two leading Tulsa foundations are offering a Leadership Giving Challenge Grant again this year. For those of you who didn't give last year, if you decide to give at a Leadership Level ($500 per year or more), your gift will be matched dollar for dollar. That's $1,000 for your community for a commitment of only $20.84 per pay period. And you can rest assured that all the money you give to the Tulsa Area United Way stays in the Tulsa area to help your co-workers, neighbors, friends, family and you.

The first half of the 2011 Campaign was a strong start, but as we know, that doesn't always guarantee success. We are committed to reaching the finish line as we ask you to give, advocate and volunteer for your community. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Tulsa Area United Way.


Lorton Performance Center

Join Us Unitefor Unite! 2011


Unite! - the celebration of a successful 2011 Campaign - will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the new Roxana Rozsa and Robert Eugene Lorton Performance Center at The University of Tulsa.

The event will be held from 5:30-7 p.m., and will feature hors d'oeuvres, wine and a cash bar. The facility is located at 550 S. Gary Place, near Fifth and Harvard.

The Lorton Performance Center, which opened in September, is TU's showcase facility for the musical and performance arts, and is the new home of its School of Music and Film Studies Department. The facility features a Concert Hall with full performance stage and seating for 700, a Grand Hall, two recital halls, rehearsal rooms and a sweeping two-story lobby with a distinguished art collection for public viewing.


Women'sWLC Leadership Council Starts StrongWLC logo

The Tulsa Area United Way's Women's Leadership Council is up and running with more than 200 participants. Members have enjoyed tours of several TAUW partner agencies and a special Day of Caring project. There are several more tours scheduled for this year as well as another volunteer opportunity slated for December.
WLC Reception
Becky J. Frank, Mark R. Graham and Alison Anthony at the WLC Reception at QuikTrip Headquarters.

More than 200 women recently attended a reception held at QuikTrip Headquarters where they learned more about the Women's Leadership Council, its mission and how to get involved. 
The Women's Leadership Council is a new organization of business and community leaders who have a passion for improving lives in the Tulsa area. The dual purpose of the organization is to provide members with the opportunity to interact with like-minded women, while collaborating to address the most pressing needs of our community.

Tulsa is one of 120 Women's Leadership Councils across the U.S. - a national network of more than 50,000 women. WLC membership is open to all donors and volunteers of the Tulsa Area United Way. To learn more, or to register, visit www.tauw.org/wlc.

LoanedLE Executives Work Hard
to Make a Difference


Every year we have a group of very special people who join TAUW for the Campaign season. The 2011 class of Loaned Executives has been hard at work for more than eight weeks. These individuals are vital as TAUW works to raise more than $24.5 million.

Frank Janowski
"The opportunity to be a Loaned Executive appealed to me as a chance to make a difference. I have continued because of the ingrained pictures of those I have met over the years, those who receive services. My life has been touched by United Way. To affect a life is a blessing for your own [life]. Being a Loaned Executive is hard and serious work, but can give back more than it takes. Anyone considering the opportunity [to be] an LE for TAUW can expect 12 weeks that fly by and a reward that lasts forever."
-Frank Janowski, who has served as a TAUW Loaned Executive for 13 campaigns.

We want to thank the following companies who either loaned or sponsored an LE:


American Airlines


AT&T/CWA Local 6012

Bank of Oklahoma, N.A.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group



Public Service Company of Oklahoma

QuikTrip Corporation

Samson Investment Company

Southwestern Power Administration

State Farm Insurance Companies

St. John - Sapulpa

T.D. Williamson, Inc.

Transport Workers Union Local 514

US Army Corps of Engineers

USPS - APWU Local 1348


USPS - NALC Branch 1358





20th AnnualDOC Day of Caring


This year marked the Tulsa Area United Way's 20th Annual Day of Caring. At the Kickoff, people packed the house at the Pavilion at Expo Square before dispersing to Day of Caring projects throughout the community. 


Participants enjoyed a free breakfast, prizes and lots of excitement from Elote's Luchadores. The program featured a report from the 17 Trailblazer companies who together raised more than $2.5 million.


During this day, more than 4,100 volunteers logged more than 30,000 hours of work on 360 projects across the Tulsa area, for one of the nation's largest Day of Caring events. 


A Day of Caring volunteer from ONEOK helps paint facilities at DVIS/Call Rape


DOC Singer
Carmela Hill of Williams sings the National Anthem at the Day of Caring Kickoff


Day of Caring sponsor 

LuchapaloozaLucha Provides Big Fun for All

More than 2,000 people poured into downtown Tulsa for Luchapalooza 2011. This spectacular street festival thrilled guests with 12 Luchador matches, food and drinks from Eloté Café and Catering, Luchador-themed activities for the kids and four live bands. A portion of proceeds benefited the 2011 TAUW Campaign.

 Luchapalooza wrestlers

 Sponsor bar

TAUW's RemodelNew Look

The Tulsa Area United Way is undergoing a few changes. If you've been to our offices, you've seen the signs of construction, as we are in the middle of a remodeling project. Be sure to visit our offices over the next few months to see our new look!


New Collins Room
The new and improved Collins Conference Room



2011 VideoCampaign Video 

Video image
The 2011 Campaign video was produced and donated by The Signal Factory. We want to say a special thank you to everyone at The Signal Factory for providing us with such a high-quality product. This tool is invaluable in the effort to share how TAUW benefits the community.

TulsaTW World Challenge
The challenge: Any company campaign (of $1,000 or more) is challenged to increase their campaign by 10% and turn in their report by Oct. 28.
The reward: Company name listed in an ad in the Tulsa World, Sunday Nov. 20.
Click here to contact TAUW staff for more information. 
Tulsa World logo 


The TAUWAuction Silent Auction is in Full Swing
Every year TAUW holds a Silent Auction to raise money for our Employee Campaign. This year the auction started Oct. 17 and will run through Oct. 31. You can come by our office at 14th and Boulder downtown and bid on items any time during regular business hours. Find us on Facebook to see pictures of many of the auction items.
Auction sign

Needed: VolunteersVolunteers
Each year more than 100 volunteers assess our 61 partner agencies and make recommendations for funding. This process will start again in January 2012. If you would like to join the ranks of these important volunteers, click here and take a few moments to fill out the form. For more information call 918-295-6644.

T-shirt TshirtDesign
Contest Winner

After an incredible 20,000 total votes on the TAUW website, Chris Tirello's design won our TAUW T-shirt Design Contest with Boomtown Tees. Thank you to everyone who participated in this fun contest! Chris's t-shirt design will be available for sale in Boomtown Tees very soon. Check our website for more details.

Tshirt Design Winner

Help HolidayMake the
Holidays Special
As we near the end of 2011, there are several TAUW partner agencies that will be assembling holiday baskets very soon. Please consider contributing to these baskets through the following organizations:
Broken Arrow Neighbors
Caring Community Friends, Inc.
Family & Children's Services
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa
Owasso Community Resources
The Parent Child Center of Tulsa
The Salvation Army
Sand Springs Community Services
Wagoner Area Neighbors
Youth Services of Tulsa

Benevolentbasketball BasketballORU Golden Eagle


The ORU Golden Eagles take on the RSU Hillcats Nov. 1 at 7:05 p.m. at the Mabee Center. Buy a lower level ticket for just $10 and ORU will donate $5 to TAUW.Hillcat


Contact Mike Minyard at mminyard@oru.edu or 918-495-7213 for tickets.


First GolfTAUW Golf Scramble Tees Off  

On Oct. 5 the Tulsa Area United Way held the first TAUW Golf Scramble. The weather was beautiful as eight teams worked their way through White Hawk Golf Course. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners from Bank of Oklahoma. The Golf Scramble raised more than $2,700 for the 2011 Campaign.
BOK Golf Scramble team
First Place team from
Bank of Oklahoma


RouteMarathon 66 Marathon


Route 66 Logo 


The Tulsa Area United Way is partnering with the Williams Route 66 Marathon again this year and will receive a portion of event proceeds. The marathon is set for Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20.  The Williams Route 66 Marathon weekend includes a two-day health and fitness expo, pasta dinner, marathon, half marathon, five-person marathon relay, 5k run/walk, and a one-mile fun run/walk.  After the races, participants can enjoy concerts and a classic car show.  To learn more about the events, please visit www.route66marathon.com.


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