Chesapeake: No Holiday Lights On Campus This Year
OKLAHOMA CITY - It’s a holiday tradition for many in the Oklahoma City metro to check out the annual lights display on the Chesapeake Energy campus. However, this year, the lights are no more.
The company confirmed Wednesday morning that this year, it will not put up holiday lights on its campus, located near 63rd and Western in Oklahoma City.
Officials said the company will instead partner with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Salvation Army for the Angel Tree Program, which provides clothing and toys for children in need at Christmas time.
Gordon Pennoyer, Director of Strategic Communications, released the following statement,
“We are refocusing our holiday plans on programs we believe make the greatest impact on Oklahoma City. In lieu of the holiday lights display, Chesapeake is pleased to partner with the Oklahoma City Thunder in delivering leadership support for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, which provides holiday gifts to disadvantaged children in our community. Additionally, we will continue our partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma by matching donations to the organization during the holiday season. We hope all Oklahomans will join us in lighting up the lives of those most in need during this holiday season.”
Back in September, 2015, Chesapeake announced that 562 positions had been eliminated. News 9 learned that in all, Chesapeake cut 740 positions company-wide; roughly 19-percent of their OKC workforce and 15-percent of their total workforce.
News 9’s Lacie Lowry is following this story. Stay with us for updates.