Officials from the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) Development Foundation report that the annual fundraising gala raised over $75,000. The “Golden Night” gala was held on Thursday, Nov. 3 in the Calcagno Family Ballroom and included both a live and silent auction with items donated by community members and businesses. Anna Milligan, NEO Development Foundation Board Chairwoman, also kicked off a scholarship drive to honor of Dr. Jeff and Donna Hale. While the goal to create the endowed scholarship was $15,000, the scholarship drive raised over $36,000.
“We had a record-breaking night, thanks to the generous support of so many people who believe in the mission of NEO,” said Jennifer Walker, executive director of the NEO Development Foundation. “With the funds raised, the NEO Foundation will help students realize the dream of a college education and provide financial support to campus programs and initiatives. During the evening, we set a goal to endow a scholarship in honor of Dr. Jeff and Donna Hale. The guests rose to the challenge and raised $36,500, which is a true testament to the impact they have made on campus.”
Chelsea Levo, economic development director for Owasso, Okla., served as the emcee for the event. Levo grew up in Miami and her father taught marketing at NEO. During dinner, a jazz ensemble of NEO students from the Bahamas and Whitney Farley provided entertainment. Brian Mooney again served as guest auctioneers for the live auction items. Items included a Hawaiian vacation, a Traeger grill, and an Orange Fever OSU package, among others. The total amount raised during the auctions and scholarship drive was over $75,000, almost doubling last year’s gala. The funds from the event benefit NEO students through scholarships and student services. Photos from the event can be found at www.facebook.com/gogoneo