The annual Welch Public Schools Enrichment Foundation banquet will be held 6:30 Monday, Oct. 3 at in the Welch Civic Auditorium. The doors will be open at 6 p.m. The meal will be prepared by Integris Baptist Regional Health Center. Cost of the meal will be $13 per person if reservations were made before Oct. 3 Tickets purchased at the door will be $15.

Dr. Jeffrey Hale, president of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami will be the speaker for the evening. Since Dr. Hale's appointment as president at NEO, enrollment has increased each semester. The campus has been almost completely re-innovated due to his motivational leadership.

Dinner entertainment will be provided by Greg Highsmith and the Sooner Xplosion Clogging Team. Greg is an outstanding Welch graduate and recipient of numerous honors and awards, including induction into the Oklahoma State Auctioneer's Hall of Fame. The Sooner Xplosion Clogging Team, featuring Welch Elementary students Brett and Brice Mayfield, recently won sixth overall in the Southwest US Clogging Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz.

This year's banquet fundraiser will be a live auction of three graciously donated items: a Mickey Mantle framed print that was done by the late Nick Calcagno, a basket donated by Tyson and Jeane Wynn at and Brandon and Amber Webster of The Blossom Shoppe, two trees donated by Bill and Sandra Berry and Justin and Kim Dobson and two 32oz steak dinners for four people by the Cow Creek Pecan Company and Café.

During the banquet the Foundation will also present the third annual Welch Outstanding Graduate award and last year's teacher of the year. We hope alumni will enjoy meeting with their classmates during the banquet while also assisting us in providing for continued excellence in our educational system.

The Welch Public Schools Enrichment Foundation mission is to help advance educational opportunities for all students in the Welch School System by providing scholarships as well as grants to teachers. Thanks to your generosity, the Foundation has been able to achieve its goal, but the efforts must continue.

We look forward to seeing you. Please come and support the students and teachers at Welch Public Schools. Don't forget to make your reservations by Oct. 3. Contact Linda Jorgenson at 918-961-0718 or Kristy Chenoweth at 918-788-3373