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Originally posted August 27, 2012
Tulsa Area United Way to kick off fundraising Friday
BY MIKE AVERILL Tulsa World Staff Writer
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
The Tulsa Area United Way is gearing up to kick off its annual fundraising campaign. The agency will announce the goal for its 2012 fundraising effort at the Midfirst Backyard Brawl between the Jenks and Union high school football teams Friday at the University of Tulsa's Chapman Stadium.
"Football and the Tulsa United Way's annual campaign are two of our community's most beloved fall traditions," said Mark Graham, president and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way. "We are excited to announce our goal and begin our campaign before nearly 20,000 football fans."
The announcement will be made during a special presentation at halftime of the game.
Previously the announcement had been made at the Trailblazer 5k Run.
The funding campaign runs through Nov. 8.
On Sept. 7, thousands of volunteers will complete more than 300 projects for local nonprofit agencies during the annual Day of Caring.
"This is a day for Tulsa-area residents to celebrate our proud tradition of helping each other," Graham said.
Volunteers will gather that morning at the new Guthrie Green in the Brady District for a free breakfast and motivational program before heading out to volunteer. This will be the first event held at the new downtown park.
In the last 88 years the Tulsa Area United Way has invested more than $618 million in the Tulsa area. It provides services to more than 630,000 individuals annually through its 61 partner agencies in Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Rogers, Wagoner and Tulsa counties.