The United Way of Central Oklahoma kicked off its 2017 campaign with more than 700 attendees enjoying a free pancake breakfast at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark earlier today. Business and civic leaders enjoyed the annual tradition of flipping pancakes to showcase their United Way spirit. The kickoff celebration marks the official start of the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s fundraising campaign as well as the State Charitable Campaign and the Heart of the City Campaign.
The United Way’s campaign raises money to support 120 programs in five focus areas—strong families, successful kids, healthy citizens, independent living and community preparedness—that are administered by 58 Partner Agencies, striving to improve lives in our community.
“The United Way continues to lead the way in addressing our community’s most pressing issues,” said David Rainbolt, BancFirst executive chairman and campaign chairman. “To do this, we rely on local businesses, big and small, along with individuals to continue to provide financial support. Given the economic challenges facing our community and with government budget cuts, the United Way and its Partner Agencies need our support more than ever. This is a tough time for fundraising and every dollar counts.”
This year 83 companies were Pacesetters, companies that complete their campaigns prior to the official kick off and “set the pace” for others to follow. Pacesetters raised $4.9 million and got the campaign off to a great start.
Through this year’s board game themed campaign, United Way is challenging the community to “make a move and play it forward” through contributions via their United Way workplace campaigns, individual giving and the contribution of their time and effort by volunteering for community projects.
“We’re always so thankful to our Pacesetter companies that truly set the pace for our campaign,” said Debby Hampton, president and CEO, United Way of Central Oklahoma. “Every year, thousands of generous donors respond to the needs of our community through their support of our annual campaign. Thanks to our donors, United Way and our Partner Agencies are able to touch the lives of one in three central Oklahomans.”
For more information on the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s annual campaign for the community or to make a contribution online, visit
United Way of Central Oklahoma researches human needs within the communities of central Oklahoma and directs resources to accountable health and human services agencies to meet those needs by improving the health, safety, education and economic well-being of its most vulnerable citizens. For more information about United Way of Central Oklahoma, please visit or call (405) 236-8441.