United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma has created a year-end challenge to move closer toward its goal of $750,000. These much-needed funds go to 15 non-profit agencies in our community to help serve others. These agencies care for the hopeless, homeless, helpless and hungry in our city and region.
“2017 has been a very challenging year for our kids, single mothers and families in Enid and NW Oklahoma. Thousands of our neighbors, friends and strangers are struggling to clothe and feed themselves, find shelter and make ends meet,” stated 2017-2018 United Way Campaign Chairs, Mike and Sara Stuber.
“Together with our campaign chairs, we decided to do more to help raise awareness and financial support for our United Way partner agencies. So we created a year-end campaign challenge to find 100 businesses, individual donors and groups to help us with reaching our goal,” added Dan Schiedel, Executive Director of United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma.
Schiedel is encouraging those who have made a commitment for the 2017-2018 campaign to make an additional gift and is challenging first-time donors and teams to help raise $1,000 each. Consider inspiring a neighbor, a friend or a colleague or maybe start an office challenge.
The Stubers added, “As we live and give United, we can help change our community for the better and help those who have the greatest need. Working together we can changes lives and save people; we can help others with a hand up so they can lead themselves out of poverty and despair.”
The fifteen United Way partner agencies are:
The winner for our drawing (details archived below) has been selected! Congratulations to Tim Creel on his Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Show tickets and dinner.
Call (580) 237-0821 today for your chance at 2 tickets to the Thursday, December 7, 2017, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas show and an EXCLUSIVE pre-show dinner by the CNB Center Executive Chef.
The DRAWING will be held on November 22, 2017. CALL TODAY!!!
Angi Root of Enid is the winner of the 2017 OSU football helmet autographed by Coach Mike Gundy...
Melody Gentry (picture not available at the time of this post) of OKC is the winner of the 2017 OU football helmet autographed by Coach Lincoln Riley
Thanks to all who bought tickets and who support the United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma!
THE RESULTS ARE IN! Today's 30th Anniversary Classic Chili Cook Off Bash was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!
Thanks to all of our donors, sponsors, businesses, chili chefs, board members, volunteers, CNB Event center and staff, tasters, judges and chili committee members! We are still counting, but we are close to the $20,000 we projected to raise for this event.
Until next year... thank you for supporting United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma and for caring about others.
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.