Panhandle State Foundation holds banquet

by Charmen Rider

		(Pictured l to r: Kim Peterson, Charles Michael III and Charles Michael Jr.)
Panhandle State Foundation President Kim Peterson presented Guymon Lions Club President Charles Michael III with the Distinguished Contributor plaque. 
		
		
		 —Photo by Sarah Henderson
(Pictured l to r: Kim Peterson, Charles Michael III and Charles Michael Jr.) Panhandle State Foundation President Kim Peterson presented Guymon Lions Club President Charles Michael III with the Distinguished Contributor plaque. —Photo by Sarah Henderson
 
		(Pictured l to r: Leland Robertson and Kim Peterson)
Panhandle State Foundation President Kim Peterson presented Leland Robertson with the Distinguished Contributor plaque.  
		
		
		—Photo by Sarah Henderson
(Pictured l to r: Leland Robertson and Kim Peterson) Panhandle State Foundation President Kim Peterson presented Leland Robertson with the Distinguished Contributor plaque. —Photo by Sarah Henderson

Panhandle State Foundation held its annual donor appreciation banquet on Thursday, November 12, 2015 in the Student Union Ballroom on the Oklahoma Panhandle State University campus. The event recognized this year’s scholarship recipients and honored the inductees to the Panhandle State Foundation’s Distinguished Contributor Honor Roll. Panhandle State Foundation awarded 269 scholarships for 2015-2016 to OPSU students. The Distinguished Contributor Honor Roll recognizes individuals, firms and organizations for their generous support of Foundation activities. Each year, individuals and organizations are honored for their support of time, money, interest and concern for the students of OPSU through the Panhandle State Foundation. The 2015 inductees were the Guymon Lions Club and Mr. Leland Robertson of Buffalo, OK.

The treasurer of the Guymon Lions Club, Mr. Charles Michael, Jr. spoke of the many community services that the Guymon Lions Club is involved in. One of the services has been funding two scholarships through the Panhandle State Foundation for over 20 years. Both scholarships are for Guymon students attending OPSU. The Guymon Lions Club has a long history of community service to our area. Mr. Charles Michael III, club president, accepted the plaque honoring the Guymon Lions Club for their outstanding service to both the Panhandle State Foundation and OPSU.

Representative Casey Murdock introduced Mr. Leland Robertson. Mr. Robertson is a well-known rancher in the Buffalo, OK area. He attended college at PAMC and has served on the Panhandle State Foundation board for 15 years. He currently participates in the Panhandle State Foundation scholarship program providing both an annually funded scholarship and an endowed scholarship to OPSU students majoring in elementary education. Panhandle State Foundation is proud to honor Mr. Leland Robertson as a Distinguished Contributor.

Panhandle State Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization with the sole mission of supporting Oklahoma Panhandle State University. It is active in many areas of support, but its priority has always been student scholarships. In addition to the $213,500 given out to OPSU students this year, the Foundation gave OPSU $215,250 to help fund their university scholarships. Panhandle State Foundation strives to increase financial support to OPSU each year. With the help of donations from supporters, we continue our efforts to improve the quality of education at OPSU. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made to Panhandle State Foundation, PO Box 430, Goodwell, OK 73939. For more information about Panhandle State Foundation, visit www.opsu.edu/Offices/Foundation/ or call 580-349-1392 or email foundation@opsu.edu.