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TU Athletics now accepting nominations for Golden Heart Award

Oklahomans are no strangers to giving back. In 2016, people in Oklahoma gave more than $2.5 billion to charities and served nearly 94 million service hours. Local Tulsa businesses are no exception to this - they are coming together to honor and award other local businesses in the Tulsa area for giving back in a big way.
University of Tulsa Athletics is partnering with other organizations to put on the second annual Golden Heart Award contest. The Golden Heart Award honors small businesses in the greater Tulsa area who have made a significant impact in their community. This award is not judged solely by monetary giving but also by the overall involvement of the entire company.
Last year, there were over 50 nominees which was narrowed down to 3 winners, including one grand prize winner. Belle Vita Spa and Salon was the grand prize winner last year due to their day of beauty for cancer patients. Over $20,000 are up for grabs for this year's grand prize winner.
Contact: Joe Druten, University of Tulsa Athletics
Phone: 918.631.6103
Contact: Jessica Dyer, Emerge Marketing + PR
Phone: 918.510.3232 

University of Tulsa Athletics partners with First Pryority Bank and Southwestern Payroll to recognize Tulsa small businesses with Hearts of Gold
TULSA, Okla. (July 5, 2018) – The University of Tulsa Athletics announces nominations are now open for the second annual Golden Heart Award contest. This award recognizes small businesses making impacts in the Tulsa area through generosity and community commitment.
Nominations will be accepted until July 31, 2018. The Golden Heart program is a partnership and underwritten by First Pryority Bank and Southwestern Payroll Service.
The Golden Heart winner will receive a free TU football advertising campaign for the 2019-2020 season, a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice and other products and services provided by the sponsors.
“As a small business owner, I understand how hard it is to run a business and still have time to give back to others,” said First Pryority Bank President Aaron D. Dillard, “This contest gives us an opportunity to give back to those businesses.”
The top nominees for the Golden Heart Award will be announced on August 1, 2018.
“Being a supportive member of our local community is a core value at Southwestern Payroll,” said Darin Alred, president of Southwestern Payroll. “Serving the needs of small businesses is a huge part of our mission.”
"We are so excited to bring this award back for a second year," said Jessica Dyer, CEO of Emerge Marketing + PR. "We were blown away by the response last year. It’s such an honor to give back to those who give so much to our community."
The winner will be chosen on September 1, 2018 and announced during TU’s home football game on September 15, 2018 against Arkansas State.
For more information about the Golden Heart Award qualifications, deadlines, rules for nominations and how to nominate a Tulsa-area small business, visit

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