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Chamber volunteers raise more than $3.77 million to fund member services, programs

Published Friday, June 16, 2017

The Tulsa Regional Chamber’s 23rd annual Resource Campaign concluded yesterday, raising $3,777,321.

The campaign raises funds that make up nearly 25 percent of the Chamber’s annual budget. Revenue generated through the campaign supports the Chamber’s member services and programming for small business and entrepreneurship, education, workforce attraction and legislative advocacy. It also supports the contributions the Chamber makes to its regional economic development partnership, Tulsa’s Future, and to its regional tourism development program, VisitTulsa.

Exceeding $3.6 million for the fourth consecutive year, this year’s total marks the highest-grossing campaign in its history. The Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Resource Campaign is considered a model program by chamber peers and is now the largest and most successful total resource development campaign in the country.          

“We congratulate and thank the campaign leadership team and our incredible volunteers, because this campaign would not be possible without them,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “Their dedication to the Chamber and our region is remarkable. Thanks to their efforts, the Chamber can ensure our region is a thriving place to live, work and visit.”

The campaign lasts for 10 weeks, and includes over 100 volunteers working to sell memberships and sponsorships to the Chamber’s programs, meetings, events and publications. 

First and foremost, I want to thank our volunteers,” said Tom Biolchini, vice chairman of the board for Valley National Bank and the 2017 Resource Campaign chair. “The success of this campaign is directly correlated to their dedication, and through their work, the Chamber will continue its mission to drive economic prosperity.”  

“The annual Resource Campaign directly supports the Chamber’s mission, and funds raised are poured back into our community through programs, initiatives and services,” said Phil Albert, president of Pelco Structural and 2017 Chamber chairman. “We thank all of our member companies that have shown their commitment to regional economic prosperity through support of this effort.”

The 2017 campaign was led by Tom Biolchini, co-chair Shane Fernandez of Nabholz Corporation, and vice chairs Heather Gowin of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Matt Newman of Covanta Tulsa Renewable Energy, Janet Selser of Selser Schaefer Architects and Aaron Fulkerson of Schnake Turnbo Frank.

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