DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Gold and Blue Scholarship and Auction Gala will be held on Saturday, March 10.


The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center and will be hosted by the Southeastern Alumni Association. It’s an evening of cocktails, live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres and dancing.


The Blue and Gold Gala is the primary fundraiser for student scholarships. Last year’s event drew a record crowd of more than 200 guests and raised more than $80,000.


Alumni Director Stephanie Davison said, “This is a key fundraiser for the association. Thanks to the guests and sponsors of the Gala, the Alumni Association makes a major contribution to the Southeastern scholarship fund.


“We do our best to bring high quality, desirable items to the live and silent auctions and provide a full evening of entertainment, including food and dancing to live music by The Decades band.”


Attire for the Gala can be anything from blue jeans to as dress-up as anybody desires.


Numerous businesses and Southeastern alumni support the Gold and Blue Gala each year by donating unique and valuable items for the auctions.


The Gala and silent auction will begin at 6:30 with the live auction starting at 8 p.m.


Among the auction items for the 2018 Gala are a trip for two to New York City (June 1-3) that includes airfare, two-night stay at the Wyndham Midtown 45, and two tickets to see Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden on June 2; a trip for two to New Orleans (May 26-28) that includes airfare, three-night stay in one-bedroom suite at Avenue Plaza Resort and two tickets to the Bayou Country Superfest with George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town and more in the Superdome.


Other items include a Garth Brooks guitar, autographed and personalized; series of art from Choctaw Artist Janie Umsted; private dinner for two with Texas Country singer Casey Donahew at the Fort Worth Stockyards; one-week condo stays in Orlando, Florida, and Palm Springs, California; and two tickets in a suite at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City to see the Fallout Boys on September 22.


Individual tickets are $75 and table sponsorships for eight are also available. Tickets and table sponsorships may be purchased online at http://se.edu/alumni/gold-and-blue-gala or at the Welcome Center on campus.