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Oklahoma City – Oklahoma, Canadian and McClain Counties have been chosen to receive $366,634 in total to supplement emergency food and shelter programs through the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency.


OKLAHOMA CITY – The United Way of Central Oklahoma is launching a bold new program to fund innovative ideas, which are designed to address community challenges in Central Oklahoma. The United Way of Central Oklahoma WayFinder Grant could provide up to $250,000 in funding to local nonprofits that submit an idea to address a health and human service challenge in central Oklahoma.


During its annual meeting last month, the United Way of Central Oklahoma elected new officers of the board and introduced the newest members who will serve on the organization’s board of directors.


OKLAHOMA CITY - United Way of Central Oklahoma has named Bill and Sherri Lance as co-chairs for the 2019 fundraising campaign.  This husband-wife team will lead all campaign efforts for United Way of Central Oklahoma when the campaign kicks off later this year. 

Bill Lance is the Secretary of Commerce for the Chickasaw Nation and is responsible for the management of all commercial business enterprises of the Chickasaw Nation. Bill oversees approximately 7,000 employees and more than 60 gaming, hospitality, retail, media, manufacturing, and tourism related businesses.  In addition to his role as Secretary of the Commerce Department, Bill also serves on the board of directors for several other businesses owned by the Chickasaw Nation, including: Global Gaming Solutions, LLC; Sovereign Native Holdco, LLC and related subsidiaries; and Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc.  Bill serves as a Chickasaw Nation delegate on the Executive Committee of the American Gaming Association (AGA), National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA), and the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes (ITC).  He also serves as a regent of the University of Arts and Sciences of Oklahoma (USAO) in Chickasha, and he is a member of the Board of Trustees for both the University of Oklahoma Foundation and the Chickasaw Foundation. He also serves on BancFirst Board of Directors, and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce Advisory Council.  Prior to his current role, Bill served as Administrator of the Chickasaw Nation Health System, where he oversaw the historic construction of the 370,000 square foot Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, located in Ada, Oklahoma. Bill received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Oklahoma, College of Public Health, Bachelor of Science degree from East Central University, and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma class XXV.

Sherri Lance is President and Managing Partner of Gaming Capital Group.  Gaming Capital Group is a direct, flexible source of capital for the gaming industry.  GCG has provided nearly $900 million of capital for equipment financing since 2006, including casino and hotel projects, and has an install base of over 17,000 electronic gaming devices. Prior to joining GCG in 2012, Sherri worked for the Chickasaw Nation, serving as the Chief of Staff for the Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce from 2006 – 2012.  Sherri has served on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Association for Problem and Compulsive Gaming since 2009.  She received a Master of Business Administration degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, a Master of Human Relations degree focusing on organizational change and development from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from East Central University.  Bill and Sherri enjoy spending time with their three children and a granddaughter.

“We are so excited to have this dynamic duo leading our campaign efforts later this year” said Debby Hampton, President & CEO of United Way of Central Oklahoma. “Leading a fundraising campaign is not an easy job, which is why we’re very happy to add the energy that Sherri and Bill have to our organization and the fresh ideas that they’ll bring to the table” said Hampton.

Bill and Sherri Lance will take over for outgoing Campaign Chair, Sean Trauschke, who helped United Way surpass its $17 million goal for the 2018 campaign. The couple will lead a team of other volunteers, known as the Campaign Cabinet, who will be responsible for fundraising efforts and meeting next year’s goal. 

The annual fundraising campaign officially kicks off in the fall, and includes the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s campaign, the State Charitable Campaign, and the Heart of the City Campaign. 


About United Way

United Way of Central Oklahoma researches human needs within the communities of central Oklahoma and directs resources to accountable health and human services agencies to meet those needs by improving the health, safety, education and economic well-being of its most vulnerable citizens. For more information about United Way of Central Oklahoma, please visit or call (405) 236-8441.


OKLAHOMA CITY – United Way of Central Oklahoma’sstrong financial health and commitment to accountabilityand transparency haveearned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  This is the 11thconsecutive time that United Way of Central Oklahoma has earned this top distinction.


OKLAHOMA CITY – United Way of Central Oklahoma will kick off the giving season by celebrating #GivingTuesday, on November 27, with matching funds from local and national organizations. This year when you donate to United Way of Central Oklahoma, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores will match any new or increased gifts, up to $200,000, from individual donors.  Facebook and PayPal are also teaming up to match up to $7 million dollars in donations made to nonprofit Facebook pages, including United Way of Central Oklahoma’s local Facebook page.


OKLAHOMA CITY – United Way of Central Oklahoma is honored to announce its 2018 class of Loaned Executives. Each year, community-minded employers lend key personnel to United Way to work as full-time fundraisers during the annual campaign.


OKLAHOMA CITY – United Way of Central Oklahoma kicked off its 2018 annual campaign this morning and announced its fundraising goal of $17 million! Dollars raised will be invested into 119 health and human service programs at 58 Partner Agencies. In addition to United Way’s campaign, the event also serves as the start of the State Charitable Campaign and the Heart of the City Campaign.


OKLAHOMA CITY – OGE Energy Corp. will join forces with United Way of Central Oklahoma during its annual fall campaign to double new, first-time company contributions in recognition of the company’s 116th anniversary.



OKLAHOMA CITY – Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has announced it will team up with United Way of Central Oklahoma and match any new and increased gifts from existing workplace campaigns and individual donors up to $200,000.