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May 2, 2014

RSU Scholarship Auction to 'Saddle Up' on Thursday

Saddle Up for Scholarships logoThe upcoming Rogers State University Foundation Scholarship Auction and Dinner will offer patrons the opportunity to "Saddle Up For Scholarships" to benefit university students.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 15 on the lawn of the RSU Claremore campus. The western-themed event will feature live and silent auctions, dinner provided by Billy Sims BBQ and musical entertainment from Camille and Haley Harris.

There are a number of great items available for both the live and silent auction. Some highlights of the live auction include a guided fishing trip at Vermeijo Ranch; two courtside tickets to one Oklahoma City Thunder regular season game; one week in a two-bedroom condo at the Hyatt Mountain Lodge in Avon, Colorado; a child's playhouse; a Tom James suit or sport coat and slacks, up to $1,000 value; a North Carolina sailing trip for two, including airfare to Raleigh; and a 2014 Sugar Bowl football signed by University of Oklahoma football legends Billy Sims, Jason White, Steve Owens and Barry Switzer.

The silent auction will feature a wide variety of items including a custom fly fishing rod, a five-piece outdoor patio furniture set, diamond stud earrings, a Primo Grill, gift certificates from area boutiques, restaurants and businesses and many more outstanding items.

In addition to the auction items, there will be a raffle for a chance to win a 2014 Ford Mustang, which was anonymously contributed by an RSU Foundation Board member and her husband. Only 500 tickets, to be sold at $100 each, will be available for a chance at winning the car that has a $25,485 sticker price. The winning ticket will be drawn during the scholarship auction and the winner does not need to be present to win.

Proceeds from the auction will be used to fund RSU scholarships for students at the Bartlesville, Claremore and Pryor campuses.

Throughout the past 10 years, the auction has helped raise nearly $500,000 for scholarships that would not be possible without continued support from area businesses, industries and individual sponsors.

Sponsorships secured to date include: Heritage Sponsors: Jack and Bobbye Mooney, Pelco Structural, LLC; Distinguished Sponsors : Friends of RSU, Key Construction, RCB Bank, Williams Construction; Hillcat Sponsor: Jack Kissee Ford; and Table Sponsors: Arvest, AXH Air Coolers, Baker Hughes, BancFirst, Chris Lyons Law Firm & Nash and Dana Lamb, Community Home Health, the Giddyap Gang, Goodies Café and Deli and Rains and Gore Dental Group, P.C., Hillcrest Hospital Claremore, Inola Storage LLC, Cherie Meislahn PLLC, Musselman Abstract Company, Erin L. Oquin, P&W Builders Inc., Rogers County Abstract, RSU Athletics, RSU Public Television, Jack and Mary Lee Spinks, Suburban Chevrolet, Summit Physical Therapy, Judge Shawn Taylor, Terra Nitrogen, The Trust Company of Oklahoma, Walmart Logistics and Carlene Webber.

Costs for the "Saddle Up For Scholarships" auction and dinner are $50 per person, and $500 will reserve a table for eight.

For more information, contact Tonni Harrald at 918-343-7767 or email tharrald@rsu.edu.