Claremore Daily Progress

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April 9, 2013

Will Rogers Memorial Foundation plans advance

CLAREMORE — The Will Rogers Memorial Foundation is moving forward with fundraising plans to strengthen the Memorial Museum’s mission to “collect, preserve and share the life, wisdom and humor of Will Rogers for all generations.” 

The Foundation’s formation and structure have been in the planning stages for some time, but only recently it launched plans for The EVENT, a fund-raising gala set for September 19 at the Claremore Museum.
The event will feature former Chief Justice and former Oklahoma Attorney General Robert Henry, now president of Oklahoma City University.  A Will Rogers expert, Henry made a guest appearance in the Rogers State University-TV documentary Will Rogers and American Politics, and was guest speaker for the 2008 Will Rogers Days on the 70th anniversary of the Memorial Museum opening. 
Gov. Frank Keating and George Nigh are honorary chairs. Keating is the author of  Will Rogers: An American Legend, a children’s book about the life of Will Rogers, illlustrated by prominent Oklahoma artist Mike Wimmer. 
Nigh, who has a long-standing relationship with the Memorial as legislator, governor and lieutenant governor, was a primary supporter of state fund-raising efforts during his administration. He was recipient of the Will Rogers Spirit Award by Will Rogers Rotary Club of Tulsa.
Linda Bradshaw, Foundation board member and active volunteer in the Will Rogers Roper (docent) program, is spearheading the event.
Dr. Richard Mosier, retired Rogers State University president,  is Foundation chairman. Vice chairman is Phil Albert, president of Pelco Structural LLC, Claremore.
  A native of far northwestern Kansas, Dr. Mosier came to Claremore in 1972 from Colby (Kansas) Community College. 
He was president of Claremore Junior College. From an office that overlooked Will Rogers Memorial Museum, he led the school through the years of Claremore College and later Rogers State College. He retired in the late 1990s. During those years, he oversaw several innovations including introduction of country music and horse management programs, and formation of the television station and distance learning, among others.

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