When Oklahomans are asked to give, they do so generously. That was the overwhelming sentiment at The United Way of Central Oklahoma Snowflake Gala on Friday as the fund drive total for 2010 was announced.
That total, more than $20.7 million, exceeded the campaign's goal of $20.5 million.
“I think it is a great demonstration of how this city feels about making this a great place to live,” said Mark Funke, 2010 United Way campaign chair. This year, his position will be held by Chesapeake Energy's Martha Berger.
Ed Martin, board chairman, served as master of ceremonies and handed out awards to several outstanding volunteers.
Ken McKinney was presented with The United Way's highest honor, The Richard H. Clements Lifetime Achievement Award, for his six decades of volunteerism.
Frank Merrick received the John Rex Community Builder Award. Matt McGuire and Ryan Stafford each received the Ray Ackerman Leadership Award.
Bob Spinks, who served as CEO of The United Way of Central Oklahoma for 10 years, was honored with a standing ovation.
New CEO Debby Hampton rounded out the evening with closing comments.
“As we close the book on 2010, we look ahead to what this year holds,” Hampton said.
“Together we can create a stronger, healthier and more compassionate community.”