Volunteers raise more than $3 million during Chamber campaign

Thursday, August 13, 2015 6:00 pm

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber wrapped up its 22nd Total Resource Development Campaign (TRDC) on Aug. 13 by raising $3,000,598 and surpassing the campaign goal.

TRDC Co-chairs John Higginbotham, Bank of Oklahoma, and Michael Laird, Crowe & Dunlevy, led more than 150 active volunteers. During the campaign, volunteers connected Chamber members with Chamber memberships, sponsorships and advertising opportunities. Through the work of the volunteers, 154 local businesses became Chamber members.

“One of the most exciting benefits of the Total Resource Development Campaign is that it connects area businesses to the visionary work of the Chamber,” said Higginbotham. “The campaign strengthens the engagement of our members, thereby strengthening the voice of the Chamber.”

Volunteer Laure Majors, Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, was awarded the top producer award for the 2015 campaign. During the campaign, Majors raised more $131,760 to support Chamber initiatives. Majors has worked on the TRDC campaign since its inception and received the top producer award for six consecutive years.

“Our Chamber-member volunteers are the heartbeat of this organization, and the work they do during TRDC enables the Chamber to pursue growth and progress in Oklahoma City,” said Laird. “We appreciate volunteers like Laure for the passion and dedication they bring to this campaign.”

Barbara Anne DeBolt of DeBolt & Associates received the 2015 Ray Ackerman Award, an honor that is given annually to the volunteer who recruits the most new members during the campaign. Debolt, who has received the award four times, worked to bring 19 new members to the Chamber during this year’s campaign. The award is named for Oklahoma City’s long-time business and community advocate.

The sponsorships and advertising opportunities offered during the campaign allow the Chamber to offer quality events and publications for member companies. Funds are also used to support the Chamber’s work in economic development, government relations, education and workforce development, community development and more. Through the 22 annual campaigns, volunteers have generated more than $43 million to support these efforts.