Meet the $1 million Gathering Place donors
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, JPMorgan Chase, Omni International, Melton and Founders of Doctors’ Hospital each donated $1 million to build Gathering Place.
Representatives from the following $1 million corporate donors in the park’s Four Seasons Garden: Trisha Frank, Robert Jared, David Ferrell, Shonda Fisher, David Rose, Mitch Cave and Jeff Crippen (Omni International); Brice Peters (Melton); Barbara West (Founders of Doctors’ Hospital); and David Page (JPMorgan Chase).
BCBSOK is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer with 835,000 members and more than 5,000 health providers.
Ted Haynes, the company’s president, says parks are critical to the health of the public because they provide a place to enjoy the outdoors, engage in physical activity and come together as a community.
“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is proud to be a part of A Gathering Place for Tulsa and in bringing this phenomenal resource to the region,” Haynes says. “We join with our fellow business leaders in supporting public projects as a way to showcase our natural resources and offer incentives to employers to locate here and to keep their employees healthy and happy.”
JPMorgan Chase is a brokerage firm that offers investment, wealth planning, credit and banking services. The company has 10 branches in Tulsa.
Managing Director David Stratton calls A Gathering Place “a transformative project that will drive economic growth.” “The park has the opportunity to improve our quality of life and to be another substantial reason why young people want to work and raise families here,” Stratton says. “JPMorgan Chase’s investment in the park is our way of showing we’re committed to Tulsa’s people and our future.”
Founders of Doctors’ Hospital provides grants to nonprofit medical, educational and civic organizations within a 75-mile radius of Tulsa. To date, it has awarded over $50 million in grants to 400-plus nonprofits in the local community.
“It’s exciting for us when our mission matches a community project,” says Executive Administrator Terry Jakober. “A Gathering Place will encourage people to exercise, promote critical child development and enhance psychological and social health, along with attract economic growth, resulting in a healthier Tulsa.”
Based in Tulsa, Omni Air International is a privately owned and managed U.S. FAA-certificated air carrier entering its third decade of air transportation solutions.
“While Omni Air International operations are global, our airline is deeply devoted to the Tulsa community,” says Chairman Rob Coretz. “Giving back to the community that has been so supportive to Omni and our prosperity is in the spirit of why we have supported A Gathering Place.”
Founded in 1954, Melton is one of the nation’s leading flatbed trucking companies. The company is headquartered in Tulsa but is an international carrier covering the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Bob Peterson, chairman and CEO, says Melton is pleased to support the park because “A Gathering Place will be a showcase for Tulsa and its citizens and businesses, adding to its quality of life and unique culture. It will be an incredible attraction for families to our city as a special place to live and work.”