The Western Oklahoma State College Foundation held a “Breakfast of Champions” Thursday morning at the WOSC Pioneer Heritage Center to thank its President’s Partners.
The President’s Partner Program is comprised of individuals, businesses and organizations that provide financial support beyond operation funding provided to the college by the Oklahoma Legislature.
Each President’s Partner pledges $1,000 in annual contributions to the foundation. Of those contributions, 75 percent are deposited into a general operating fund and 25 percent are deposited into a scholarship endowment. These funds directly affect campus programming, scholarships, promotions, student and faculty recruitment, facility improvements, and endowment development.
According to NBC Bank President Jeff Greenlee, one of the reasons the bank continues its partnership year after year is “because of the work that they do in southwest Oklahoma in providing a low cost and high quality education solution for area students.”
Megan Dorn, a student at WOSC, opened the program with the invocation and a message to donors. Dorn stated simply, “I want to thank you for helping students like us.”
The program continued with keynote speaker Kent Rader. Rader is a comedian who has performed in comedy clubs from New York to Seattle, has authored a book and has appeared on numerous programs including NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.”
Rader is an Oklahoma native and was raised in Mangum, Okla. His wife was a public school teacher in the Navajo Public School District.
Currently, Rader resides in Kansas City, Mo. Despite the distance, according to WOSC Foundation Executive Secretary Larry Duffy, when he was contacted about the event, Rader said he would perform free of charge.
Rader’s performance riled up quite a few laughs from the audience on topics ranging from cultural differences to raising children, but his passion for entertainment wasn’t his entire reason for taking the engagement at the breakfast that morning.
In an emotional final statement to the audience, it was easy for one to understand why he did.
“Both of my kids came here [to WOSC]. I really appreciate what you guys have done to contribute,” Rader said. “This is very special for both me and my wife.”
Before closing the program, Rader had some inspiring words for those in attendance.
“Always remember the words of Gilda Radner who said, ‘Laughter matters.’”
For more information on or to contribute to the WOSC Foundation contact Larry Duffy at 580-477-7705.
Reach Matt Moran at 580-482-1221, ext. 2071.