Proceeds from “The Event” were announced Monday at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum as a check in the amount of $226,000 was presented to Will Rogers Memorial Foundation President Dr. Richard Mosier and Vice President Phil Albert.
More than $12,000 in ticket sales were received from the the two-day celebration with the rest generously donated by more than 50 individual sponsors.
Held on the grounds of the museum, the Sept. 19 opening of “The Event,” included a community gala for Will Rogers and the 75th Diamond Jubilee of the Memorial Museum. Night two of the fundraiser at Cain’s Ballroom, included musical performances by Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings and The Red Dirt Rangers.
All proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Memorial Foundation, as well as, programs in support of the WIll Rogers Memorial Museum, Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch and the history of “Oklahoma’s favorite son.”
“Will Rogers is the face for the personality of Oklahoma,” said Albert. “We are so proud that the Claremore community came out in such a forceful way to support the 75th anniversary of the museum, community icons like Dr. Richard Mosier and Linda Bradshaw, making “The Event” the talk of the town. ‘The Event’ is the beginning of something very big here as we reintroduce Will Rogers to the national stage.”
Albert said the foundation is proud to partner with the state of Oklahoma and the Will Rogers Memorial Museum to begin a discussion about Rogers on a political discourse.
“We think it’s high time, not just here in Oklahoma, but across the nation to look for opportunities to set example for leadership and certainly Will Rogers is that example.”