these corporate partners provide significant financial support, these
partnerships go much deeper. Many of these companies also encourage
their employees to give generously of their time, talent and treasure to
help build a stronger community and better place to live and work.
Their employees are on our boards, working on our committees and
volunteering at our events.
The support of these companies and their employees allow charitable organizations like Allied Arts to accomplish
things for our community that would otherwise be impossible.
years ago, Chesapeake was the first company to make a transformational
gift that enabled Allied Arts to raise more than $2 million for the arts
for the first time in our organization’s history. Since then,
Chesapeake has continued to be a leader in celebrating the arts and
their vital importance to our community’s quality of life.
when strong storms and floods in 2010 forced six arts organizations
from their locations and ruined thousands of dollars of supplies,
costumes, technology and other operational necessities, Chesapeake and
Devon were the first to respond with financial contributions, office
equipment and supplies, and other assistance.
nonprofit relationship with Chesapeake and all our corporate partners
is a marriage — one that we respect and take great pride in. When the
going gets tough, we respond as we would for any of our state’s
visionary leaders: We stand by them.
a recent press conference where local nonprofits joined to voice our
support of Chesapeake and the importance of our corporate donors, I used
a “what if” analogy borrowed from a scene in the Frank Capra movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, when
an angel shows George all the lives he has touched and how different
life in his community would have been had he never been born.
about it: How different life in Oklahoma City would be if Aubrey
McClendon and Chesapeake had never arrived. Would we have the exciting
environment on the Oklahoma River? Would we be cheering on Oklahoma
City’s own NBA team? What would the area at N.W. 63rd Street and Western
Avenue and the Classen Curve be like? Would Central Oklahoma’s arts
organizations be as strong and vibrant? Thousands in our community, our
city, our state and beyond have been impacted by his generosity and
We in the
arts community applaud Chesapeake, Aubrey McClendon, and the many things
that he, his company and employees have done and will continue to do
for our nonprofit community.
Senner is president and CEO of Allied Arts.