A celebration of last year’s United Way campaign, awards for the top employee campaigns at area companies and organizations and an honor for longtime community volunteer Becky Frank highlighted the Annual Live United Awards and Luncheon, presented on Tuesday, Feb. 16, by the Tulsa Area United Way.

Nearly 1,000 guests representing the corporate, philanthropic and nonprofit communities attended the event held at the Cox Business Center, sponsored by Bank of Oklahoma, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Frederic Dorwart Lawyers and Schnake Turnbo Frank.

“The annual awards ceremony is a long-standing tradition and an opportunity for the entire Tulsa Area United Way family to come together to recognize the successes of the past year and look forward to this year’s campaign,” said Mark Graham, President and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way.

In 2015, the Tulsa Area United Way surpassed the largest goal in its 91-year history by raising $26,524,575 for the community.

“This campaign was truly an example of all of us coming together for the greater good,” said Ted Haynes, 2015 campaign chair and president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. “More than 48,000 individuals supported the campaign, in addition to generous companies, foundations and small businesses.”

During this year’s campaign, Family & Children’s Services raised $125,450, recorded 80 percent employee participation and a nine percent overall campaign increase and, as a result, was the award the prestigious Illuminator award.

The campaign was energized by major challenge grants which provided dollar-for-dollar matching opportunities for many contributors, including small and medium-sized businesses, individuals who give at a leadership level of $500 or more annually, and members of the United Way’s Emerging Leaders Society and Women’s Leadership Council. The challenge grants were issued by several local individuals, foundations, and corporations.

The Clydella Hentschel Award for Women in Leadership was presented to longtime local United Way volunteer Becky Frank.

The award was named for Clydella Hentschel, who broke ground as a female community leader in Tulsa and served as co-chair of the Tulsa Area United Way campaign in 1993 along with her husband David Hentschel.

Becky Frank is one of Oklahoma’s highest profile leaders – both in business circles and civic affairs. Like Clydella Hentschel, she has served as a pioneer for female leadership in Oklahoma. She serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Schnake Turnbo Frank. She has played a significant leadership role in the state, serving on numerous nonprofit boards. She served as 2013 Chair of the annual Tulsa Area United Way campaign and 2014 Chair of the United Way’s Board of Directors. In 2012, she was Chair of the Board of Directors for the Tulsa Regional Chamber. She is a Founding Member and Past Chair of the Tulsa Area United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.

Companies and organizations that raised more than $1 million during their 2014 campaigns were presented with the Cornerstone Million Dollar Plus Award, including Bank of Oklahoma, the J.A. and Leta M. Chapman Trusts, ONEOK, QuikTrip and Williams. Pillar Award winning companies and organizations, which raised more than $500,000, included NORDAM, ONE Gas and T.D. Williamson.

The Williams Summit Leadership Award, the Tulsa Area United Way’s most prestigious award for best overall campaign, was awarded to Matrix Service Company, which offered an employee gift matching program, increased its campaign over last year and recorded a large number of leadership donors. In addition, Matrix employees served in a variety of volunteer roles at United Way.

Companies and organizations receiving major awards were Compression Solutions, Inc., Small Business Award; Terra Nitrogen, a CF Industries Company, Mid-Sized Business Award; Samson Resources, Leadership Giving Award; BKD, LLP, Trailblazer Award; Family and Children’s Services and Bristow Social Services, Illuminate Award; Hogan Assessment Systems, Ignite Award, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Eastern District, Combined Federal Campaign Eagle Award.

ONE Gas, Inc., received the Community Service Award for exceptional volunteerism, financial support and sponsorships.

Of the more than 500 companies and organizations that received awards at the ceremony, several earned Best of the Best Awards, including American Red Cross – Tulsa Area Chapter and Blood Services, AmeriTrust Corporation, AVB Bank, BancFirst – Jenks, BKD, LLP, Bristow Social Services, Caring Community Friends, Inc., Central National Bank, Child Abuse Network, City of Tulsa Auditing Department, Compression Solutions, Inc., Creek County Literacy Program, Crowe & Dunlevy, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, D & L Oil Tools, DVIS, Eastern Oklahoma Donated Dental Services, First Oklahoma Bank, Frederic Dorwart Lawyers, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, GlobalHealth, Inc., Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, Green Country Storm Shelters, LLC, Jim Norton Chevrolet, KPMG, LLP, Magellan Midstream Partners, LP, Neosource, Inc., ONE Gas, Inc., ONEOK, The Parent Child Center of Tulsa, Patriot Bank, Samson Energy Company, LLC, Schnake Turnbo Frank, Senior Star Living, Southwestern Payroll Service, Inc., T.D. Williamson, Inc., TSHA – Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access, Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa CARES, Tulsa CASA, Inc., Tulsa County, including Human Resources, Information Technology, Social Services and the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency, Tulsa New Holland, Valley National Bank, and World Travel Services, LLC.

Major sponsors of the 2015 United Way campaign included Tulsa World Media Company, Bank of Oklahoma, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Frederic Dorwart Lawyers, Hillcrest Healthcare System, Osage Casino and WPX Energy.

Co-Chairs of this year’s 2016 campaign are Steve Bradshaw, president of the Bank of Oklahoma, and his wife Marla Bradshaw, community volunteer. Haynes will serve as president of the United Way board of directors, succeeding Dr. Gerry Clancy of the University of Tulsa.

In the last 91 years, the Tulsa Area United Way has invested nearly $1 billion in the community.

The Tulsa Area United Way serves more than 500,000 people each year through its 60 partner agencies and several community-wide collaborative programs, in the areas of education, health and safety, and financial stability.