Allied Arts celebrated Tuesday by announcing that this year's fundraising campaign had raised $3,095,027 to help support central Oklahoma arts and cultural organizations.
The total was announced at the Allied Arts Campaign Celebration for donors and volunteers at the Myriad Botanical Gardens' Water Stage. Tricia Everest and James Pickel were the campaign chairmen. A team of more than 130 volunteers worked to raise the funds, a news release stated.
These funds support Allied Arts member agencies — 20 of central Oklahoma's top arts organizations — as well as additional arts organizations to ensure arts education programming, high-quality performances and exhibits, and low-cost arts experiences for the entire community, the release said.
Just 10 years ago, the organization had a $1 million fundraising goal, Deborah McAuliffe Senner, Allied Arts president and CEO, said in the release. This year's goal was to raise more than $3 million.
“This is clearly a milestone for Allied Arts,” she said. “We are fortunate to have tremendous corporate support as well as individuals who believe strongly in our mission. We all want to see a strong, thriving arts community. The dollars raised thus far will have a significant impact not just in central Oklahoma but throughout the state.”
Pickel and Everest handed over their campaign leadership roles to John Richels and Judy Hatfield, who will serve as co-chairs in 2013.
For this year's campaign, leading the charge among corporate donors were Allied Arts Visionaries — Chesapeake Energy Corp., the Chickasaw Nation and Devon Energy Corp.
In addition to corporate gifts, more than 120 businesses conducted employee giving campaigns for Allied Arts that raised more than $614,000. The top-producing employee giving campaigns were Ackerman McQueen, American Fidelity, BancFirst, Bank of Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy Corp., Devon Energy Corp., OGE Energy Corp. and The Oklahoman.
The annual campaign also honors individuals for their local leadership and contributions to the community. The 2012 campaign paid tribute to Becky and Barry Switzer and Jeaneen and Robert Z. Naifeh for their contributions in furthering quality of life throughout Oklahoma.
Allied Arts is still accepting donations, as the 2012 fundraising efforts will officially end June 30 with the close of the organization's fiscal year. For more information or to contribute, go to www.
This is clearly a milestone for Allied Arts. We are fortunate to have tremendous corporate support as well as individuals who believe strongly in our mission. We all want to see a strong, thriving arts community. The dollars raised thus far will have a significant impact not just in central Oklahoma but throughout the state.”
Deborah McAuliffe Senner