Thursday, August 15, 2013 9:00 am
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber wrapped up its 20th Total Resource Development Campaign (TRDC) on Aug. 14 by raising a record-total of $3,049,257 during the 12-week campaign. The 2013 campaign surpassed its goal by $249,257and marked the highest amount of money raised since the first TRDC took place in 1994.
TRDC Co-chairs Rhonda Hooper, Jordan Advertising, and Dick Tanenbaum, Gardner Tanenbaum Holdings, returned for their third year to lead more than 185 active volunteers. During the campaign, volunteers connected Chamber members with sponsorship and advertising opportunities that are available through the Chamber. Through the work of the volunteers, 167 area businesses became Chamber members.
“We had high hopes for the 2013 Total Resource Development Campaign, and our volunteers spent countless hours to help us reach those goals,” Hooper said. “While we are certainly impressed with the total, we are even more excited about the level of engagement that we saw among our Chamber members. The amount raised reflects the level of trust our business community holds in the mission of the Chamber.”
Volunteer Laure Majors, Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, reached the milestone of raising more than $1 million for the Chamber during her 20 years as a TRDC volunteer. Majors has represented Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associations each year during the history of the campaign and was awarded the Top Producer award for the 2013 TRDC.
“Volunteers like Laure and companies like Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates exemplify the character of our TRDC participants,” Tanenbaum said. “The Oklahoma City business community understands that TRDC directly impacts the level of community and economic development efforts performed by the Chamber. What the Chamber is able to do for Oklahoma City would not be possible without our TRDC volunteers.”
Other volunteers that reached the 20-year mark include Reed Downey, Jr., Reed Downey Life Insurance Agency; Mike McAuliffe, Oklahoma Events & Entertainment; and Mike Rowten, A.K. Waters. Downey was also awarded the Ray Ackerman Award for membership sales for the second time. The five companies that have participated all 20 years of the campaign are AT&T Oklahoma; Bank of Oklahoma; Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, PC; INTEGRIS Health and OPUBCO Communications Group.
The sponsorships and advertising opportunities offered during the campaign allow the Chamber to produce quality events and publications for member companies, and help support the Chamber’s work in economic development, government relations, education/workforce development, community development and more. John Higginbotham, Bank of Oklahoma, and Michael Laird, Crowe & Dunlevy, will co-chair the 2014 campaign, which will mark the 21st year for TRDC.
For more information, contact Kaylee McDaniel at 297-8971 or visit www.okcchamber.com/TRDC.