Eastern’s fourth annual Sapphire Ball to benefit student scholarships and honor supporters


WILBURTON, OK (Feb. 13, 2013) – Eastern Oklahoma State College alumni and supporters will enjoy dinner and dancing while raising funds for scholarships at the fourth annual Sapphire Ball on Saturday, March 2 in Wilburton.

“Diamonds Are Forever” is the theme for this year’s black-tie event, which will include silent and live auctions, as well as an awards presentation honoring outstanding employees, alumni and community supporters. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. in the Student Center.

Treva Kennedy, Eastern’s director of Intuitional Advancement, said the Sapphire Ball is Eastern’s largest annual scholarship fundraising event. Last year, 170 guests attended the event which raised approximately $8,000 for Eastern’s Sapphire Scholarship.

“Last year’s event was a great success and the funds raised will help deserving students who dream of earning a college degree. Our goal is to continue to grow the Sapphire Scholarship fund and make a difference for students in generations to come,” Kennedy said. “We’ll also celebrate and recognize the successes and contributions of our alumni, faculty and staff, as well as the support of our community.”

During the evening, Eastern President Dr. Stephen Smith will honor four individuals and one organization that have been instrumental to the success of the college. The Puterbaugh Foundation of McAlester will receive the Community Spirit Award; Rhonda Fields of Sulphur (Class of 1978) and Linus Williams of Stigler (Class of 1962) will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award; Dr. Billye Givens, Dean of the Language, Humanities and Education Division, will receive the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award; and Gaylon Brannon, meats lab manager, will receive the J.C. Hunt Award for staff excellence.

Tickets for the Sapphire Ball are $50 each and are available at eosc.edu/sapphireball. Various sponsorship levels are also available for those interested in corporate tables, promotional recognition and an invitation to a private, pre-event reception. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 918-465-1873 or 918-465-1759.

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