Fundraising efforts for the new Oologah Media and Community Center got a big boost on Saturday night with a $100,000 donation from Public Service Company of Oklahoma on behalf of the American Electric Power Foundation.
“PSO is very pleased to make this contribution on behalf of the AEP Foundation,” said Michael Gordon, PSO community affairs manager. “As a longtime member, as well as partner in this community, we’re committed to supporting efforts that will provide benefits and bring value to its citizens and serve to help make Oologah an even better place to work and live.”
PSO’s contribution kicks off the fundraising effort for the project.
The funding goal for the media and community center is $2 million. The Town of Oologah has already set aside $1 million toward construction.
The Oologah Community Foundation, a tax deductible foundation, is working to raise the other half. The AEP PSO donation is the first major gift for the project.
“The PSO contribution gives us tremendous momentum as the foundation strives to raise additional money to build a facility that the entire community can be proud of and utilize,” said Willie Barron, Foundation president.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, the AEP Foundation provides financial support for organizations and initiatives in communities served by AEP’s regional utilities, like PSO.
PSO’s Northeastern Station has generated power from its location in Oologah since 1961.
The AEP Foundation gift is being made in two $50,000 payments, the first of which has already been made. The second payment will be made in the first quarter of 2015.