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United Way exceeds goal by $50k

United Way volunteers hold up numbers representing the amount that the 2019 annual campaign raised. Pictured are Jan Foreman, Josh Atkinson, Karli Stroh, Jon Pennington, Sam Sims, Sherry Poage and Jason Brunk. Photo / Chris Eversole

United Way of Canadian County announced Friday that it raised $250,586 in its 2019 annual campaign, far exceeding its goal of $200,000.
“We reached a quarter million dollars for the first time, and we will have more money for our partner agencies,” said Jennifer Mayo, the organization’s director, at a celebration held at the Piedmont Veterans Association.
Campaign Director Christina Rehkop, of Devon Energy, said the leadership team was surprised by the level of success.
“We didn’t know what to expect because the economy has been kind of tough,” she said.
“We were blown away.”
Rehkop thanked the volunteers from each participating company and organization.
“A successful campaign comes down to leadership,” she said.
“We worked hard to motivate them.”
A group representing the donors will review funding requests from the 16 partner
agencies in March, Mayo said.
“They’ll look at the agencies’ presentation and the number of people they served last year,” she said.
“Some agencies may receive more money than they did last year.”
The agencies serve health and human service needs throughout the county.
“The United Way provides an important foundation for our community,” Rehkop said.
“It is through the great work of the partner agencies that some of the most vulnerable populations in our community are able to receive the resources, opportunities and support they need.”
The celebration also recognized individuals and organizations from the campaign, including:
• Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year: Kim Weinrich, Mustang Public
• Volunteer of the Year: Melissa Barlow, Yukon Public Schools
• 2019 Corporate Spirit Award: Oklahoma Natural Gas, A Division of One Gas.

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