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Wright Wradio Network, WestOK Weekly and United Country Heard Auction & Real Estate Serving as Presenting Sponsors for 2021 SWOSU Athletic Auction

The Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) Athletic Association is pleased to announce that longtime SWOSU benefactors Wright Wradio Network, WestOK Weekly, and United Country Heard Auction & Real Estate are serving as Presenting Sponsors of the 15th annual SWOSU Athletic Auction.

Presenting Sponsors provide critical services and gifts-in-kind that enable the auction to succeed without incurring significant costs.

"We are deeply grateful to Wright Wradio Network and WestOK Weekly and United Country Heard Auction & Real Estate for their philanthropic support of the 2021 athletic auction," said SWOSU President Dr. Diane Lovell. “The very generous Presenting Sponsorship from Wright Wradio Network, WestOK Weekly, and United Country Heard Auction & Real Estate helps make possible this annual event which raises crucial scholarships and support for our student-athletes."

Wright Wradio Network and WestOK Weekly President & General Manager Heston Wright of Weatherford attended SWOSU and serves on the SWOSU Athletic Association Board of Directors. Heston's wife Claudia is a 1998 SWOSU alumnae.

Wright Wradio Network and WestOK Weekly founders former State Rep. Harold Wright (SWOSU Class of 1971 & 2020 Distinguished Alumnus) and Carol (Roberson) Wright (SWOSU Classes of 1971 and 1980) of Weatherford are also both proud SWOSU supporters and benefactors, having established the Wright Family Endowment which benefits multiple SWOSU academic programs.

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 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.

Longtime SWOSU supporter Pioneer Cellular is generously serving as Underwriting Sponsor for this year's Auction.

All proceeds from the auction benefit SWOSU's athletic scholarships and recruitment efforts.

Silent auction bidding is open now at www.SWOSUAthleticAuction.com and running through October 22. The main event on October 23 will kick off with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner served at 6:30 p.m. The 2021 Hall of Fame honorees will be recognized at 7 p.m. with the live auction beginning at 8 p.m. featuring a wide variety of premium items and experiences available to participants.

Tickets and tables for the auction & hall of fame banquet are on sale now. Single tickets are $150 and tables for 8 are $1,500. To make your ticket/table purchases or for more information, please contact the SWOSU Office of Institutional Advancement at 580-774-3267 or e-mail SWOSU Advancement Coordinator for Athletics Kayla McQuillan at kayla.mcquillan@swosu.edu

Event food and beverage are all-inclusive with ticket purchase.

Please visit the website for the event – www.SWOSUAthleticAuction.com – as it will be updated with a full list of items regularly. Anyone interested in donating items to the auction or needing further information about the event is encouraged to contact Clarke Hale by email at clarke.hale@swosu.edu or by phone at 817-707-6795.

The 2021 SWOSU Athletic Auction & Hall of Fame Banquet is hosted by the SWOSU Athletic Association. The association is a subsidiary of 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 $36 million in assets for the benefit of SWOSU.