Allied Arts launches 2016 Campaign

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Allied Arts launches 2016 Campaign

ALLIED ARTS Oklahoma City was founded in 1971 and the first annual fundraising campaign was held then with leadership from local businessman Ron Powers. Since 1971 the organization has raised more than $57 Million to advance the arts in central Oklahoma. Allied Arts is recognized nationally as a four-star charity, the highest rating awarded by Charity Navigator.

Now in its 45th year of supporting many of the cultural art organizations located in central Oklahoma, Allied Arts recently launched their annual fundraising campaign and $3.25 million goal for 2016.

The funds raised by Allied Arts from the campaign will go to help more than 26 member agencies.

In January, more than 275 volunteers and supporters of Allied Arts met at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum to kick off their annual campaign.

In 2016, the campaign’s reach will extend beyond the approved 26 member agencies to 20 additional non-profit organizations through grants awarded to qualified non-profit agencies. Campaign funds are utilized as grants to offset operating costs, underwrite productions, performances, and exhibits; create new programming; foster educational opportunities for underserved sectors of the population, particularly at-risk youth.

Allied Arts offers to volunteers numerous ways to participate in the campaign. Individuals who donate $50 or more receive an OKCITY CARD, a premier entertainment discount card offering year round savings at more than 400 arts events and activities, local stores and restaurants. Companies can make organizational gifts and host employee giving campaigns.

Those donating $1,000 or more will receive a membership to the Circle Club, the Allied Arts Patron Group and individuals donating $1,500 or more will receive an invitation to a special event honoring Joan Maguire, which will be held March 3 at the Clark Building.

The 2016 annual fundraising campaign is an opportunity to honor individuals for their philanthropic leadership and contributions to the local community.

McGuire will be the 2016 Honorary Chair and has a long history with Allied Arts since 2005. McGuire has contributed her time and expertise over the years to several arts organizations.

Karen Delaney and Michael Laird are the 2016 campaign chairs who will lead more than 275 volunteers to hit their $3.25 Million goal by May.

“We realize that it may be more difficult this year than in any of the preceding 44 years in Allied Arts history, said Delaney. “We plan to communicate that art is for everyone: that art is a necessity: and that art deserves a full scale, community -wide support.”

For more information or to contribute, visit www.alliedartsokc.com or call 405.278.8944. Donations are tax-deductible and accepted anytime.

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