If you followed the scents of maple syrup, coffee and sausage downtown Friday morning, you likely found yourself at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, celebrating the kickoff of the United Way of Central Oklahoma's 2013 campaign.
Hundreds of people representing United Way and its 60 partner agencies turned out for the annual pancake breakfast and the announcement of this year's fundraising campaign goal.
The University of Central Oklahoma's Stampede of Sound band played patriotic music to welcome the crowd to the event. The Boy Scouts of America Troop 15 color guard led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance before David Thompson, United Way of Central Oklahoma chairman of the board, made welcoming comments.
The theme for this year's campaign is “We can make a difference.”
Campaign co-chairs Bruce and Donna Lawrence made their entrances dressed as Uncle Sam and Rosie the Riveter.
“I think the we-can-do-it theme is very significant because the need is so tremendous,” Bruce Lawrence said. “And by all of us coming together, having a focused approach, we can make it happen. We can help improve the lives of people in Central Oklahoma.”
The last married couple to co-chair the campaign cabinet was Polly and Larry Nichols in 2007.
“We both have great enthusiasm for United Way and we work well together. We balance each other out. It's such a huge job,” Donna Lawrence said.
This year's fundraising goal is $22 million — the same as last year when $22.3 million was raised.
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