United Way of Central Oklahoma Names 2015 Volunteer Award Recipients

United Way of Central Oklahoma will honor three outstanding community leaders who model exceptional integrity, dedication, generosity and passion with the organization’s three most prestigious volunteer awards at its annual Snowflake Gala on Thursday evening, January 22 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Hillary Farrell, Chief Operating Officer at Ackerman McQueen, is the recipient of the Ray Ackerman Leadership Award. This award recognizes those who share his tireless efforts and devotion to the United Way mission and set the standard for volunteering, leadership and caring. Hillary has worked hard to bring awareness about United Way of Central Oklahoma and has served in many capacities for several years, giving her time, talent and mentorship to the organization.

Another honoree at the gala is Bob Ross, President and CEO and member of the Board of Directors of the Inasmuch Foundation and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. He is the recipient of the John Rex Community Builder Award, which recognizes individuals who share Mr. John Rex’s vision in finding long-term solutions to community needs. Bob has dedicated himself in helping improve education of young people and tackling the most significant challenges in the central Oklahoma area.

Pete Delaney, Chairman and CEO at OGE Energy Corporation, is the recipient of the Richard H. Clements Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors individuals who have a lifelong dedication to volunteering, leadership and philanthropy not only to United Way but to the community as a whole. For many years, Pete has been an integral part of the community and an advocate of the United Way of Central Oklahoma, serving on the Board of Directors since 2006 and as Campaign Chair in 2010. He has gone above and beyond to help strengthen and build our community for the greater good.

“Congratulations to each well-deserved recipient of the volunteer awards,” says Debby Hampton, CEO of United Way of Oklahoma City. “We commend them for their outstanding commitment to strengthening our community and appreciate all the ways they have contributed to United Way, our Partner Agencies and our community. Your work is admirable and inspiring.”