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United Country Heard Auction & Real Estate and Heard Family Served as SWOSU Charitable Hunt Program Sponsors

The Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) Foundation, Inc., hosted its 2nd annual charitable hunt September 17 in Devol (OK), and longtime SWOSU supporter United Country Heard Auction & Real Estate served as the hunt’s Program sponsor.

Corky (SWOSU Class of 1987) and Missy (SWOSU Classes of 1987 and 1992) Heard are the owners of United Country Heard Auction & Real Estate. Corky and Missy have long been active in the National and Oklahoma Auctioneers Associations, National and Oklahoma Associations of Realtors, Clinton Chamber of Commerce and First Christian Church of Clinton. Corky currently sits on the Board of Directors of the SWOSU Athletic Association. Prior to devoting her time fully to Heard Auction & Real Estate, Missy taught for over 26 years in the public schools.

Corky and Missy are the parents of two daughters: Jessica Heard-Perry (SWOSU Classes of 2014 and 2016) of Weatherford, who currently is employed in the SWOSU Office of Institutional Advancement and works as a professional ringman, and Harley Heard of Edmond, who attended SWOSU and is employed by Mercy Healthcare.

The proceeds from the hunt will be allocated to the Dr. Ken Rose Memorial Fund, which exists to help SWOSU produce the next generation of conservationists, sportsmen and sportswomen, wildlife law enforcement officials, park rangers and many others.

“We are deeply grateful to United Country Heard Auction & Real Estate and the Heard family for this latest generous investment in SWOSU’s mission,” said SWOSU President Dr. Diana R. Lovell. “This program sponsorship for our second annual charitable hunt will enhance our efforts to successfully raise funds and meaningfully leverage the university’s endowment to enhance student learning and faculty development in our Parks & Recreation Management program.”

This unique fundraising activity was facilitated by BlackOak Farms, a full-service hunting operation that is integrated with traditional agriculture practices of farming and ranching.

The event involved a sporting clay competition followed by a late afternoon/early evening dove hunt. Participants were treated to a cocktail reception, dinner, live auction and entertainment following the hunt.

The SWOSU Charitable Hunt was organized by the SWOSU Foundation, Inc., which was established in 1977 to promote philanthropy and distribute funds to support the activities and programs of SWOSU. Located on the Weatherford campus in the historic Burton House, the Foundation currently stewards nearly $31 million in assets for the benefit of SWOSU. For more information on the Foundation, please call 580-774-3267 or visit www.SWOSUFoundation.com.