Halliburton gives $10 million to A Gathering Place for Tulsa



A global oil-field services company, Halliburton knows what it’s like to dig deep.

On Thursday, the company did so in its wallet, announcing a pledge of $10 million to A Gathering Place for Tulsa.

“At Halliburton, we very much appreciate the communities where we live and work and are happy to support Gathering Place,” Halliburton President and CEO Jeff Miller said in a statement. “We believe the park is a great benefit to Tulsa and the local community — home of hundreds of Halliburton employees.”

The company has more than 3,600 employees in Oklahoma, with presences in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Duncan, Norman, El Reno and a number of small towns. It was founded in 1919 by Erle P. Halliburton, who, after borrowing a wagon, a team of mules and a pump, built a wooden mixing box and started an oil well cementing business in Duncan.

More than 70 donors have contributed to A Gathering Place, a 100-acre park under construction along Riverside Drive near downtown. The George Kaiser Family Foundation has given $200 million toward the project ($50 million in land plus $150 million for construction of Phase I of the park), and nearly $150 million has been raised in private donations.

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