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United Way fundraising total revealed at annual Snowflake Gala

At its annual Snowflake Gala held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, co-campaign chairs Bruce and Donna Lawrence announced the grand total of funds raised throughout the campaign, $22,067,626.
by Heather Warlick Modified: January 24, 2014 at 9:56 pm •  Published: January 25, 2014
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United Way of Central Oklahoma celebrated the finale of its 2013 fundraising campaign Friday night at its annual Snowflake Gala at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

At the event, co-campaign chairs Bruce and Donna Lawrence announced the grand total of funds raised throughout the campaign, $22,067,626.

The total exceeded the fundraising goal of $22 million, which was announced at the annual United Way of Central Oklahoma's Pancake Breakfast in September.

The campaign funds raised are in addition to nearly $20 million raised to aid victims of May's tornadoes. That total combines the United Way May Tornado Disaster Relief Fund which came to just under $16 million and the OKStrong Disaster Relief Fund which tallied $4.4 million and is administrated by United Way.

“When you combine all those dollars, it was just an incredible 2013,” said Debby Hampton, United Way of Central Oklahoma president and CEO in an interview before the gala.

Some corporate and government factors made 2013 a challenging fundraising year, said Board Chairman David Thompson.

“We had corporate entities that just weren't in the position in some instances to do what they did last year,” he said. “We had other corporate entities that really stepped up and increased their giving, not only corporately but the employees were very generous.”

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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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We had corporate entities that just weren't in the position in some instances to do what they did last year. We had other corporate entities that really stepped up and increased their giving, not only corporately but the employees were very generous.”

David Thompson,
Board Chairman

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