A donation for $5 per ticket will receive a chance to win an OU football helmet autographed by Coach Lincoln Riley. The drawing is at CNB Center Plaza (301 S. Independence) on Friday, October 27th during the Chili Cookoff. You do not need to be present to win. All proceeds benefit United Way of Enid and NW Oklahoma Partner Agencies. OU helmet and case courtesy of OG&E Enid.
The 30th Annual United Way Chili Cook-Off will be held in the Central National Bank Event Center on Friday, October 27th , 11am -1pm, with a theme of a “Classic Chili Bash.”
The Chili Cook-Off Committee, chaired by Cindy Bailey, is accepting applications from individuals, churches, businesses, and organizations and the committee is excited to get started.
“The Event Center is an excellent location. It allows for ample parking, adequate space for all our vendors, and plenty of seating for our United Way friends,“ said Dan Schiedel, Executive Director of United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma. “As always, we will have live entertainment, a wide array of door prizes, an autographed OU football helmet raffle, and tasty chili from a variety of exceptional cooks,” added Schiedel.
Tickets to attend the event are $5, which includes a drink, chili, and dessert, and may be purchased in advance from the United Way office or at the door. The Chili Cook-Off committee anticipates at least forty chili entries to compete in four categories: Judge's Chili Choice, Best Booth, Top Dollar Chili and People's Chili Choice! Tasting begins at 11am.
The theme, “Classic Chili Bash” is a new creation by the committee, Schiedel said. The committee is expecting to see contestants decked out in 30’s classic attire or 1987 themed attire and booths decorated for whichever theme competitors choose. “Our vendors are extremely imaginative and I’m sure will amaze us with their creativity—which lends for a fun filled event,” Schiedel said. All funds raised benefit the fifteen partner agencies of United Way, along with discretionary giving designations.
Schiedel stated, “The United Way Board of Directors, along with the Campaign Team-- led by Mike and Sara Stuber—is also excited about the 2017-2018 campaign. The Chili Cook-Off is a major fundraiser for our agencies and the campaign. Last year’s event raised more than $20,000. We anticipate this year will be another great success.”
The fifteen United Way partner agencies are:
As of August 25th, members of United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma’s Pillar’s Club have raised $108,918 for the 2017-2018 Campaign.
The Pillar’s Club is comprised of donors who contribute $500 or more during the campaign year. With 100 Pillars in attendance, they were honored during the annual Pillar’s Club dinner Tuesday night at Groendyke Lodge.
Dan Schiedel, United Way CEO, commended the Pillar’s Club committee for their exceptional work in coordinating the event. The committee is comprised of Cathy Stocker, Martie Oyler, Mary Stallings, Sandra Robinett with special assistance by Vicki Brown.
Co-Chair Sara Stuber recognized and thanked John and Virginia Groendyke and Greg and Shawn Hodgen for their generosity in hosting the event, along with other sponsors:
This year’s campaign theme is: “Live United.” During the 2017-18 Campaign Kick-Off, which will be held on September 8th at Garfield County Court House north lawn and Gazebo from 6pm-10pm, attendees will be greeted by the United Way‘s 15 partner agencies, food trucks, family games, raffles for an autographed OSU and OU football helmets, face painting and more. The event is free to the public.
United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma provides funding to 15 member agencies:
United Way is kicking off the 2017 Campaign by providing a family fun event called the "Battle of the Eras"! You won't want to miss this event, with a live performance by SquadLive. Hear music from 70's, 80's, 90's and today.
We will have games, glow sticks, popcorn, snow cones, ice cream, food trucks and lots of other fun things! See the full flyer at the bottom of this page.
Free Admission - Donations Accepted at the Event
WHO? United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma and our 15 partner agencies
WHEN? Friday, September 8, 2017 (Main Street 1st Friday)
WHERE? Garfield County Courthouse North Lawn & Gazebo
WHY? United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma public kickoff & to raise $15,000 - $25,000
TIME? Set up between 4-5pm, begin at 5:30 and wrap up around 10-10:30pm
Thanks to our amazing sponsors for making this event possible!
You'll not want to miss your chance to win a YETI cooler along with 2 rounds of golf at Oakwood Country Club in Enid and 2 dozen Titleist Pro1 golf balls (valued at $525). We also have a specially designed fire pit custom built by Tom's Metal Art which stands 32" tall, octagon shaped and approximately 36" in diameter (valued at $500).
Tickets for the YETI package are $10 a piece and tickets for the fire pit are $5 a piece.
All tickets can be purchased at the United Way Golf Tournament, at the United Way offices or by calling Mark Hamm at 580-603-4000. All proceeds go to help fund our 15 community partner agencies.
* Special thanks to our friends at OG&E for helping to make the fire pit and YETI packages possible.
Tuesday, May 30 – Friday, June 2
Garfield Elementary School
400 East 7th Street
The “Ready to Read” summer reading camp will be for four days from 9am to 3pm. This camp is open to student who attended 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades for the 2016-2017 school year.
Ready to Read Campers will:
The “Ready to Read” camp and meals are free; but you must pre-register your child before camp.
Please, complete the registration form prior to May 25 and
We are looking for Junior Counselors. This volunteer position is open to student entering grades 6 thru 12. The “Ready to Read” summer reading camp will be for four days from 8:00am to 3:30pm.
Tuesday, May 30 – Friday, June 2, 2017
Garfield Elementary School
400 East 7th Street
FREE BREAKFAST & LUNCH IS PROVIDED.
Enid Fire Marshal Kenneth Helms has been awarded the Dick Lambertz Memorial Award.
Helms received the award, presented by Carol Lambertz, during United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma's annual meeting and awards ceremony Wednesday.
"Although he is a tireless, devoted, civil servant to our community, he undoubtedly had no idea what would be asked of him, his wife and his entire workplace when he joined the United Way board of directors several years ago," Lambertz said.
Helms has served in all three major roles on the board — board president, campaign chair and budget allocation co-chair, she said.
"In 2013, when Ken was asked to represent the Enid Fire Department as campaign chair, not only was this the first time a public entity or business had served as our United Way's chair, but that year also marks our largest, single largest campaign — over a million dollars," Lambertz said.
For the past five campaigns, Helms has produced all of the campaign logos and artwork at no charge for every United Way event.
"Additionally, he has been instrumental in the production of our campaign videos, much of our photography and organizing campaign kickoff events," she said. "There was never a job too large or too small that Ken Helms didn't tackle and see through to completion, and always with absolute perfection."
As a member of Enid Fire Department for 19 years, Helms has been a firefighter, driver, assistant fire marshal and fire marshal. He also serves as the department's public relations and public information officer, staff photographer and is a founding member of the EFD Honor Guard, Lambertz said.
Helms and his three assistant fire marshals were recognized in 2016 as the International Fire Investigators of the Year.
Beyond United Way, Helms has served on boards of Cimarron Valley Chapter of American Red Cross, Leonardo's Children's Museum and Human Services Alliance of Greater Enid, she said.
"Ken Helms, in many ways that we can ever mention, you have been the hero of the United Way for the city of Enid," Lambertz said.
Helms said the award is a tremendous honor.
"I very much appreciate it. I've enjoyed my time with United Way," he said. "It's just been a pleasure to serve the United Way, and thank you very, very much."
Several other awards were given during the ceremony.
The 2016 Tocqueville Society Leadership Awards went to AdvancePierre Foods, Central National Bank, Mike and Kelley Wright, Gary and Johnnie Atwood, the Allen Family Foundation and AT&T.
Top Ten Outstanding Campaigns for 2016 were recognized as AdvancePierre Foods, Central National Bank, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Security National Bank, Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, KC Electric, Groendyke Transport, OG&E, ONEOK and Dillingham Insurance.
Triangle Insurance Co., UPS, OG&E and Interbank were recognized for having 100 percent Employee Campaign Participation.
This story originally appeared in the Enid News & Eagle. Read the original story here.
United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma will host its Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 11:30am – 1:00pm, at the Oakwood Country Club. The meeting will feature lunch, special presentations, the nomination and election of Directors and Officers, and the announcement of the 2017 -18 Campaign Chairs. The cost to attend is $35 per person.
AdvancePierre Foods served as the 2015-16 Campaign Chairs with Mike Mueller as the primary lead for the campaign. Highlights of the United Way’s “Helping One Another” Campaign came in the form of several vehicles being donated to a family and partner agencies.
“The Pillar’s Club Dinner, Golf Tournament and Chili Cook-off Events were once again huge successes, raising funds to help support our United Way Agencies. I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Campaign and Fund Raising Events. I feel so blessed to be a part of an Organization that does so much for so many,” Mueller stated.
Several individuals will receive special recognition during the event including: Tocqueville Society Leadership Awards, Certificates of Recognition and Achievements, and the 2017 recipient of the Dick Lambertz Memorial Award.
Funds raised through the United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma’s campaign support 15 member agencies: Booker T. Washington Community Center, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Cimarron Council – Boy Scouts of America, American Red Cross serving NW Oklahoma, Consumer Credit Counseling of Central Oklahoma, Community Development Support Association, Denny Price YMCA, Human Services Alliance of Greater Enid, Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, RSVP of Enid and North Central Oklahoma, Thayne A. Hedges Regional Speech & Hearing Center, The Salvation Army, Youth & Family Services North Central Oklahoma and YWCA of Enid. Funds also support other local social and human services projects.
Join us for our annual Golf Tournament at Oakwood Country Club, presented by Richardson Homes!
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