Record Setting: RSU scholarship auction raises record amount for student scholarships
Staff Reports Claremore Progress
The 10th annual Rogers State University Foundation Scholarship Auction and Dinner raised a record $115,000 for scholarships to be given to RSU students at the Bartlesville, Claremore and Pryor campuses.
This year’s western-themed event, titled “Saddle Up For Scholarships,” featured live and silent auctions, dinner provided by Billy Sim’s BBQ and musical entertainment from Camille and Haley Harris.
One of the highlights of the evening was a raffle for a 2014 Ford Mustang, donated anonymously by an RSU benefactor. The winning ticket, valued at $25,485, was received by Glenn and Veronica “Ronnie” Cox of Bartlesville. Glenn Cox, former president and COO of Phillips Petroleum, also served on the Oklahoma State Board of Regents for Higher Education from 1990- 1995.
Another auction item that ignited plenty of interest was a playhouse designed, constructed and contributed by Parks Portable Buildings of Chelsea. The 12-by-12-foot building is insulated and wired for electricity, and was constructed using treated lumber. The playhouse sold for $4,000 and was one of the top-selling items in the auction.
Auction organizers said the real winners are current and future RSU students.
“We continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of the donors,” said Martha Blackburn, RSU Foundation Board of Directors chairwomen. “The money that we raised will go directly to helping students earn their degree at RSU.”
Contributions from dozens of area companies, including donated auction items, helped make the evening possible, she said.
Throughout the past 10 years, the auction has helped raise nearly $600,000 for scholarships that would not be possible without continued support from area businesses, industries and individual sponsors.