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TULSA, Okla. -- The QuikTrip chain of convenience stores was honored last week for its contributions to the Tulsa area United Way during the organization's celebration of its 2007 United Way campaign, which generated $23.3 million, and also the departure of the nonprofit group's president and CEO, Kathleen Coan, Tulsa World reported.
"The United Way agencies serve the community from the cradle to the grave and everything in between," Gary Paxton, the 2007 campaign chairman and president of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, told the paper. "It is the most complete way to give back to the community."
More than 800 people attended the event at Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla., which honored several companies, such as QuikTrip. The companies will receive awards at the United Way's spring meeting, according to the report.
QuikTrip was recognized with the Loaves and Fishes Award, for its campaign achievement. During 20 years, the company has increased it donation to the organization from approximately $4,000 to more than $1 million for its annual campaigns, the report stated.
"When you start with a small number and grow your campaign by that much, it's no accident," said Coan.