RSU Pryor Fundraising Breakfast Breaks Record

Attendees eating at the Pryor BreakfastProceeds from the recent Rogers State University Pryor Scholarship Fundraising Breakfast nearly tripled the proceeds from last year’s event, meaning more deserving Mayes County students will be able to receive an RSU scholarship next year.

The Jan. 24 breakfast brought in nearly $30,000 from the sponsors and the 155 attendees, which also set a record for the annual event. The event was held in the recently completed RSU Pryor facility at MidAmerica Industrial Park. The funds raised at the Pryor Scholarship Breakfast are used exclusively for students attending RSU Pryor or Mayes County students who attended RSU Pryor and currently are completing their degree at the Claremore campus.

RSU President Dr. Larry Rice expressed his thanks to the community for supporting scholarships for RSU students.

“We’re deeply honored by the investments from those who sponsored attended the scholarship breakfast. Their generosity will provide scholarships for hardworking RSU students who have the ability to succeed in college, but may not have the financial resources necessary to make their education dreams a reality,” Rice said.

Maynard Phillips, RSU Vice President for Development, said the proceeds from the breakfast will be used to fund up to 15 scholarships during the next academic year, up from the five scholarships last year’s breakfast funded. The breakfast scholarships are in addition to the dozens the RSU Foundation provides to Mayes County residents each year through its general scholarship operations.

Dr. Rice with students supported by proceeds from last year's RSU Pryor Scholarship Fundraising Breakfast.

Students supported by proceeds from last year’s RSU Pryor Scholarship Fundraising Breakfast were recognized during the recent event, including Kevin Dale, a medical/molecular biology junior from Pryor; Devon Devers, a communications junior from Pryor; Matthew Jordan, a sport management junior from Pryor; Kalin Kaul, a biological science freshman from Salina; and Kara McCoy, a medical/molecular biology sophomore from Pryor.

Gold level sponsors were: Darren and Robin DeLozier; Pryor Creek Publishing/The Paper; Janees Taylor, Cherokee Nation Tribal Council; RCB Bank; and Williams Construction.

Table sponsors were: ARVEST, Martha Blackburn, Pete and Pam Fowler, Goodies Convenience Store, Belle S. Harris and Dr. Jane Johansson, Integris Mayes County Medical Center, Nash and Dana Lamb, Lyons Law Firm, Cherie Meislahn, PLLC, Pryor Area Chamber of Commerce and Pryor Area Foundation, Pryor Stone, Roberts Auto Group, S & J Plumbing, and Carlene Webber and Jack and Mary Lee Spinks.

Supporting at the Friends of RSU Pryor level were: Bank of Commerce-Chouteau, Brown & Brown Insurance, Google, MidAmerica Boot Works, and The Ritchie Law Firm.

Additional support provided by: Chris and Linda Ball, Dr. Larry and Betty Burdick, Chris and Michele Calvert, Marie Dardugno, James T. Giles, Michael and Laurie Gordon, Daniel and Pamela Guthrie, Janice Ferris, Kenny and Tonni Harrald, Jim and Kay Harrison, Integrated Insurance Services, Nash and Dana Lamb, Clint and Pat Lane, Maynard and Debra Phillips, Dean and Jean Robertson, Rep. Ben and Margo Sherrer, Bob and Ginny Sherrer, Hon. Shawn Taylor and Dr. Michelle Taylor, Burl and Janice Trickett, Nick and Rebecca Vandervoort, and Bob and Cathy Webster.

For more information or to pledge your support for RSU Pryor Scholarships, contact Tonni Harrald at 918-343-7767 or [email protected].