Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Oklahoma City, Nov. 7, 2012 – The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and Allied Arts congratulate Chesapeake Energy Corporation today on being named one of the ten best companies in the nation for private-sector support of the arts. They were selected by the Business Committee of the Arts (BCA), an organization founded in 1967 by David Rockefeller to bring business and the arts together. As a division of Americans for the Arts, the BCA recognizes exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, partnerships, volunteer programs, gifts, sponsorships and board membership. Allied Arts, Oklahoma’s only United Arts Fund, nominated Chesapeake for the prestigious award, citing the company’s support of a variety of art genres both in Oklahoma City and in Chesapeake’s operating areas across the country.
“Allied Arts is extremely grateful for Chesapeake’s tremendous support of the arts,” said Deborah McAuliffe Senner, president and CEO of Allied Arts. “Chesapeake’s generosity has advanced many arts initiatives and programs and serves as a remarkable example to other businesses. These initiatives have literally benefited thousands of people of all ages and enhanced the quality of life in our community.”
Senner also said that it is fortunate to have several companies in Oklahoma City who provide such support to the arts. “The remarkable private sector support in Oklahoma City from the business community means more and more of our citizens are able to access arts programs throughout our community,” said Senner.
The BCA 10: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America Award recognizes 10 businesses each year for setting the standard of excellence, serving as role models for others to follow in their exceptional involvement with the arts. At the awards presentation, the BCA noted Chesapeake’s sponsorships of arts programs, guidance to arts organizations, employee volunteerism and creation of community arts events as examples of the company’s strong arts support.
Chesapeake believes company support of the arts helps build community partnerships and bridge gaps between cultures by bringing beauty and joy to citizens’ everyday lives.
Chesapeake’s Chief Executive Officer, Aubrey K. McClendon, expressed his appreciation for Allied Arts as well as Chesapeake employees’ involvement in volunteer work for the arts. “Chesapeake is honored to be recognized by Allied Arts and the BCA 10 as we believe the arts are an integral part of our community and society, enhancing the education and quality of life in the communities where our employees live and work,” commented McClendon. “We believe everyone should have access to the arts, and our support reflects that goal. Chesapeake is committed to financially supporting our arts community and encouraging our employees and their efforts to foster creativity, innovation and civic pride.”
Roy Williams, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, said Chesapeake’s nomination is a direct result of leading by example. “Chesapeake’s generosity is evidence the company understands that supporting the arts is essential for our community to grow both economically and culturally,” said Williams. “Support of the arts in our community by the private sector helps inspire creativity and innovation, which in turn helps us produce a workforce to recruit and retain companies.”
Chesapeake was the only Oklahoma company to be honored in 2012. The nine other companies honored were Alltech, Inc. (Nicholasville, Ky.), Bank of America (Charlotte, N.C.), Chaves Consulting, Inc. (Baker City, Ore.), Earl Swensson Associates, Inc. (Nashville, Tenn.), First Community Bank (Corpus Christi, Texas), Golden Artist Colors, Inc. (New Berlin, N.Y.), Jackson and Company (Houston, Texas), Masco Corporation (Taylor, Mich.) and Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.).
Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) is the second-largest producer of natural gas, a Top 15 producer of oil and natural gas liquids and the most active driller of new wells in the U.S. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company's operations are focused on discovering and developing unconventional natural gas and oil fields onshore in the U.S. Chesapeake owns leading positions in the Eagle Ford, Utica, Granite Wash, Cleveland, Tonkawa, Mississippi Lime and Niobrara unconventional liquids plays and in the Marcellus, Haynesville/Bossier and Barnett unconventional natural gas shale plays. The company also owns substantial marketing and oilfield services businesses through its subsidiaries Chesapeake Energy Marketing, Inc. and COS Holdings, L.L.C. Further information is available at www.chk.com where Chesapeake routinely posts announcements, updates, events, investor information, presentations and news releases.
About Allied Arts
As Oklahoma’s only United Arts Fund, Allied Arts works to broaden support for the arts by raising financial support for the arts and related organizations, encouraging participation and attendance, advocating arts education and promoting excellence in the arts and arts management. Founded in 1971, the organization has raised more than $50 million to advance the arts in central Oklahoma. For more information, contact Allied Arts at (405) 278-8944 or visit ww.alliedartsokc.com.