United Way’s Annual Pancake Breakfast brings out community’s top leaders

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty had a big day on Friday.

"This is a big deal. This is a big deal and I beat Rumble," Citty said.

The police chief also beat NewsChannel 4's Kent Ogle, who put in a valiant effort at the United Way's Annual Pancake Breakfast.

"They provide about 17% of our yearly funding, so it's really important for us to have a good relationship with United Way,” President of Positive Tomorrows Susan Agel said.

Positive Tomorrow's helps families going through homelessness and domestic violence.

It's just one of 61 agencies that partner with the United Way of Central Oklahoma.

Another organization impacted by the nonprofit is the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County.

"2013, we had a massive flood in the park and one of the first people who came to us was the United Way and asked us, 'What can we do to help you?" A. Jaye Johnson, communication relations director at the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County, said.

United Way donated $8,000 to help the club get back on its feet after that unfortunate day.

 Just last year, folks donated more than $21.5 million to United Way.

The organization says with only eight percent going to administrative costs, a lot of money goes to serving Oklahomans in need.

That generosity is what inspired the executive chairman of Devon Energy to want to be the chairman of United Way.

"One out of three or one out of four citizens in our city are affected by United Way or have a member in their family that are affected by United Way sometime in a couple of years. It's an amazing statistic," Larry Nichols, executive chairman of Devon Energy, said.

It’s an organization with the hands on the pulse of delivering help to those who need it most.

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