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United Way of Central Oklahoma honors donors to building campaign

United Way of Central Oklahoma on Wednesday unveiled a recognition wall to honor those donors whose contributions financed the purchase and renovation of the organization's headquarters building.
by Heather Warlick Published: June 21, 2012

As United Way of Central Oklahoma gears up for its fall fundraising campaign with its Pacesetter Games and annual Day of Action, both happening Thursday, the organization also is celebrating the culmination of its Legacy of Giving Building Campaign, which raised more than $5 million.

The campaign's goal was to finish paying for the United Way of Central Oklahoma's headquarters building at 1444 NW 28, which the organization has occupied since December 2008.

To honor the corporate and individual donors whose contributions paid for the building and its renovations, United Way of Central Oklahoma on Wednesday unveiled a recognition wall that captures the names of the donors and snapshots of the local organization's history. The wall, located in the United Way lobby, features three panels of historic photos of past volunteers and events dating to 1924. In addition, acrylic plates with the names of the donors surround a larger plaque that thanks them for all their hard work.

“It's a wonderful place for the people who will use the building in the future to see whose gifts made the building possible,” said Doug Stussi, United Way of Central Oklahoma board chairman and executive vice president and chief executive of Love's Travel Stops. “It's kind of bringing together the past and the present.”

Stussi has been volunteering with United Way since the late 1970s and said he has seen how the new location has benefitted the organization, its employees and partner agencies, by providing more accessible office spaces for employees and open spaces for meetings and community outreach programs.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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United Way collects supplies

United Way of Central Oklahoma's Day of Action is at hand, and the organization encourages residents to help the community by stuffing a van full of school supplies for students and teachers. Requested items include notebook paper, scissors, copy paper, pocket folders, No. 2 pencils and facial tissue.

The Stuff the Van event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday at United Way of Central Oklahoma, 1444 NW 28.

In addition to collecting school supplies, the United Way of Central Oklahoma encourages people to join the nationwide call recruiting one million tutors, readers and mentors by pledging to get or stay involved. Make a pledge by visiting


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