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July 21, 2013

The Event headliners have history with WR Museum



As an Oklahoma state legislator, a lieutenant governor, and governor, he has worked with every Will Rogers Memorial Museum director since his early days with Paula and Bob Love, then Dr. Reba Collins and Delmar Collins, Joe and Michelle Carter, and Steve Gragert. He was a leading force behind Claremore lawmakers for increased funding for the Claremore Museum.
Now, he has thrown his efforts into making The Event a success to help Will Rogers Memorial Foundation raise support for the Museum, Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch and the Legacy of Oklahoma’s Favorite Son.
He still feels the same sense of state pride he felt the day in 1935 when “the whole world stood still to honor an Oklahoman.”
Gov. Keating learned what it was to go head-on with Claremore area lawmakers for Museum funding during his term of office. He developed a different kind of relationship with Will Rogers when he wrote a popular children’s book, Will Rogers: An American Legend, illustrated by Oklahoma artist Mike Wimmer.
Entertaining at The Event will be The Tulsa Playboys and country and bluegrass fiddler Jana Jae. Borrowing from Will’s early brand of entertainment will be World Champion Trick Roping title holders Kowboy Kal Cook of Apache, and Doug Smith of Medway Ohio, and Will Rogers Memorial Museum’s Andy Hogan, a Will Rogers interpreter and Museum historical guide.
Will Rogers Memorial Foundation members are making early contacts for major donors to be announced at The Event.  Sponsorship opportunities as well as individual tickets are available now at and click on The Event, or call (918) 341-0719 or (800) 324-9455.
Will Rogers Memorial Foundation president is Dr. Richard Mosier, former president of Rogers State University. Phil Albert, Pelco Structural LLC Claremore, is vice president. 
The Foundation’s Mission Statement is “Secure, Expand and Celebrate the Legacy of Will Rogers.”
Other Foundation board members are Will Rogers Memorial Commissioners Jim Hartz of Alexandria, Va., who will be master of ceremonies; Steve Turnbo, Tulsa; and Will Rogers’ grandson, Kem Rogers, Bakersfield, Calif. Also Chad Choat and Jack Spinks, Claremore; Carl Milam, Oklahoma City, great-great-nephew of Will Rogers; and Cheryl Cohenour, Jim Halsey, Jody McIntyre, Ken Neal, Deacon Turner, Beth Bovaird and Janet Youngblood, Tulsa.

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