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Volunteer Awards Reception

Each year, United Way of Central Oklahoma honors volunteers who have demonstrated a commitment to our community and United Way in a special reception held prior to the annual Snowflake Gala. Award recipients are considered for selection based upon our namesake volunteers. 

Ray Ackerman Leadership Award

This award is given each year to individuals who have exemplified leadership in supporting United Way in its work. Named after Mr. Ray Ackerman, a veteran volunteer, the award honors those who share his tireless efforts and devotion to the United Way mission and set the standard for volunteering, leadership and caring. Recipients of this prestigious award have had an active role in leading some part of the United Way’s work in resource development, community investment, communications, labor, research and convening or finance for at least three years.

Ray Ackerman Award Recipient

Tim O'Connor
President, Central Oklahoma Labor Federation, AFL-CIO


John Rex Community Builder Award

The John Rex Community Builder Award honors the steadfast, tenacious spirit that Mr. Rex embodied.  Throughout his life, he passionately pursued the development of a stronger community.  Mr. Rex was especially gifted in bringing people together around an issue.  The award, presented for the first time in 2007, recognizes individuals who share his vision, hope, and determination in finding long-term solutions to community needs.  Through this tribute, we hope to inspire others and further his legacy of building community.

John Rex Award Recipient

Meg Salyer

Polly Nichols
Community Volunteer


Richard H. Clements Lifetime Achievement Award

Named after Mr. Richard “Dick” Clements, civic leader and committed United Way volunteer for six decades, this award is given annually in recognition of an outstanding lifelong dedication to volunteering, leadership and philanthropy not only to United Way but to the community as a whole. Mr. Clements’ commitment to this community and United Way exemplifies the award that carries his namesake.

Clements Award Recipient

David Thompson

Judy Love
Co-founder, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.