Woodward, Okla. —
SHATTUCK – The Shattuck Education Foundation will be holding its first ever Scholarship Gala event on Dec. 1 with the goal of raising money for graduating students looking to continue their education.
Shattuck Education Foundation (SEF) high school representative Gina Huenergardt said the upcoming gala is "geared toward raising money so we can offer all graduating seniors a scholarship."
Huenergardt said the scholarships provided through the education foundation will be dual-purpose to both reward students for completing high school and then encourage them to seek higher education.
"We want students to have the opportunity to further their education if they would like to, whether that be through a vocational school, a junior college, or a university," she said. "So we'd like to offer them a financial incentive to pursue it and a reward for working hard."
The SEF's current goal is to provide each student pursuing further education a $1,000 scholarship. Shattuck High School averages around 15 to 17 graduating seniors each year.
"We're hoping it will become an annual event so we can benefit seniors for many years to come," Huenergardt said.
GALA TO INCLUDE AUCTIONS, DINNER AND MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT
Doors for the Scholarship Gala will open at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Shattuck Elementary Cafeteria.
The gala, which will be a semi-formal event, will kick off with appetizers and a silent auction.
"There's lots of really good gifts at the silent auction," Huenergardt said. "Various venders have donated baskets for the silent auction. We have a brand new set of tires, a massage gift basket, a baked goods gift basket, a homemade quilt from a local woman, spray-in truck bed liner, custom knives from a local vendor, some steak and shrimp dinners at Young Guns, and a couple art prints from a local artist."
At 7 p.m., Huenergardt said "a really nice brisket dinner" will be served.
Diners will be entertained by a performance by local musician David Romine.
"He's fantastic, he sings and plays several different instruments including saxophone, piano, trumpet, anything. He's great, he's practically a one man band," Huenergardt said.
Romine's performance will be followed by a live auction, which Huenergardt said will feature "some awesome items."
The live auction items will include a trip to the CMA's, NFL tickets, an autographed picture of Nolan Ryan, and OSU and OU autographed memorabilia, she said.
Huenergardt encouraged the Shattuck area community to attend the gala with a generous heart.
"Our mission at the Shattuck Education Foundation is to support the needs of Shattuck schools and its students, and this is an opportunity for local people and businesses to get out and do the same," she said, noting "This is a chance for people of the community to get out and show support for our school and seniors, so bring your check books,"
Tickets will not be available at the door, but will be sold up until night of event at the offices of Berends' Financial and Ann Herber's CPA. Donations are tax deductible and it is a semi formal event.