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Throughout the year, several local entities take the time to recognize those who have made significant contributions to their organization and the Stephens County chapter of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association is no different.
Although a new organization in the community, there are numerous alumni, friends and fans of OSU in the county. Four of these were selected to be honored at the Stephens County OSU Legacy Night beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.
“OSU Alumni Association does legacy programs that are geared at younger people to introduce them to OSU and we wanted to honor people at a reception,” said Laura Goldring, Stephens County chapter president. “We are giving a True Cowboy or Cowgirl Award to four people for their support.”
For the first ever OSU Legacy Night, those being recognized are Edwin and Velma Ketchum, Don Creel, and the late John Fisher. Each of these local residents have given of themselves in some way to support the university.
“Edwin went to OSU and he was on their Board of Regents and when we first put the chapter together, Velma called and said they wanted to help but under one condition that it had to be open to alumni and to friends and fans of OSU,” Goldring said.
“We thought that was a wonderful idea and the alumni I have met around here say they are ‘Mr. and Mrs. OSU.’ They embody the spirit of OSU.”
Goldring said Creel has been a longtime supporter of the university and is even a lifetime member of the alumni association.
“He has that hometown community spirit that ties into what OSU is about,” she said. “He is more of a behind the scenes person, so we really wanted to give him this recognition.”
John Fisher ---
To start the evening off, there will be a ribbon cutting done with the Duncan Chamber of Commerce, then the presentation and the remainder of the evening will be spent enjoying refreshments and hors d’ oeuvres while learning about the legacy programs. Wine and beer will also be served for a fee.
The beer was donated by the Chisholm Trail Arts Council and all proceeds from those sales will go back to that organization.
“Pistol Pete will also be there and it’s a little more formal than our networking dinners,” said Goldring. “We hope to sell more tickets and that people will show up the night of the event wanting tickets.”
About 40 tickets have been sold so far, with a few being children’s tickets. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, while the other portion and wine sales will go to the Stephens County chapter’s OSU Scholarship fund.
“We plan to present that scholarship next year at this event and would like to present at least two,” Goldring said. “This will be an annual event for us and we’re excited.”
Tickets may be purchased at orangeconnection.org/stephenscounty.