Successful Spring Gala hosted by Ozarka College Foundation

Published on April 25, 2014

Ozarka College Foundation's Spring Gala was a huge success.  The 2014 Spring Gala took place on April 10, in the lobby of the John E. Miller Education Complex, at Ozarka College.  

This years theme was, "Under Construction: Building for the Future" and the presenting sponsor was Centennial Bank.  Pam Setser, Ozarka College Foundation Board Member and Centennial Bank Business Development Officer, welcomed the crowd of more than 200 attendees.  Dr. Dennis Rittle, Ozarka College Provost and Executive Vice President of Learning, offered a blessing prior to attendees enjoying a steak dinner, prepared by Chef Lou Rice and Ozarka College's culinary arts department. 

Foundation Board Member, Bob Miller, introduced student speaker, Taylor Finley.  Finley expressed his appreciation to community supporters who have made attending Ozarka College an option for him and his family members.  He feels that students earn a quality education at an affordable cost and that they are very prepared to transfer to a four-year university next fall.

Following the gourmet meal provided by the very talented Ozarka college Culinary Department, Dr. Richard Dawe, President of Ozarka College, shared remarks about the state of the college and exciting changes that are taking place. Construction is well under way for the new Student Services Center, as concrete has been poured, and the steel structure has begun going up.  Dr. Dawe thanked the many corporate sponsors and guests for their commitment to Ozarka's students and the new Student Services Center being constructed.  He also praised the Culinary Department and their talented and hard working team of students who provided an excellent dinner for the event. 

Foundation Board Member and Melbourne Industrial Development Commission member, Matt Rush, shared examples of how Ozarka College has greatly benefited people in his family and what a positive impact Ozarka has had on regional economic growth.  Rush also introduced Auctioneer, Tony Watson, of Watson, Watson, and Watson Auction Services.  More than 40 items were sold in the live auction, with auction totals well surpassing last year's event.

Ozarka College Board of Trustees Chairman and Centennial's Community Bank President, Bob Evins, shared closing remarks. He was proud of those who had attended and who were working to make changes in the lives of Ozarka College students, and hoped everyone had a great time. 

Special thanks to presenting sponsor, Centennial Bank, and corporate sponsors, BancorpSouth, CenturyLink, Construction Network, Inc., FNBC Bank, Freedom Ford, G.H. Miller and Sons, Mark's Pharmacy and the SonShine Shoppe, Gammill Oil Company, Inc., and Valic.  Also, thank you to the table sponsors, AirReady, Andy Peeler, Bray Law Firm, Izard County Abstract, Ozark Closing and Title Company, LLC, Canyon Plumbing, Columbia Flooring, The Cooper Group, First Community Bank, First Service Bank, Hatfield Ready Mix, Ink Spot, The Lemon Tree Boutique, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Inc., Paul Miller Motors, Simmons First National Bank, and White River Health Systems.   

With sponsorships like theirs, ticket sales, and the live auction, the 2014 Ozarka College Foundation Gala was an outstanding success.  All proceeds will go toward the foundation's "Students at the Center" capital campaign.