For Starkville Daily News
Over 250 MSU alumni and friends are expected to take part in the 19th Annual Oktibbeha County MSU Alumni Associationâ€™s Bulldog Blast scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29.
â€śBulldog Blast is our biggest fundraiser of the year, which helps fund scholarships for deserving high school seniors in Oktibbeha County attending Mississippi State,â€ť said Alumni Chapter President Donna Rupp. â€śJust within the last five years, we have awarded over $60,000 in scholarships.â€ť
Activities for Bulldog Blast include a four-Person Golf Scramble and a Southern buffet dinner and raffle. The golf tournament begins at 11:30 a.m. at Starkville Country Club. Spots are still available and teams can register by contacting Jason Ryder at 312-6800 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the golf tournament on Saturday, a delicious southern buffet dinner will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Starkville Country Club. Dinner will feature fresh catfish, shrimp, chicken, several sides and dessert. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children under 10 and will be available at the door.
â€śFollowing dinner, we will hold a raffle for an array of items such as MSU memorabilia, home accents, gift certificates, autographed items, childrenâ€™s toys, tailgating supplies, and much more,â€ť said Rupp. â€śThis event is sure to please every bulldog in your family.â€ť
Because of the fundraising efforts from last year, the Oktibbeha Chapter was able to award 12, $1,000 scholarships. Scholarships recipients for the 2012-2013 school year were: Aaron Brownlee, West Oktibbeha County High School; John Buffington, Starkville High School; Meredith Pearson, home school; Deanna Thead, home school; Ashley Albritton, Starkville High School; Megan Carpenter, Starkville High School; Catherine Everett, Starkville High School; Garrett Hunt, Starkville High School; Kenneth Coats, Starkville Academy; and Ryan Lawrence, Starkville Christian School.
The Oktibbeha County Chapterâ€™s two endowed scholarships were presented to Bailey Clark, a graduate of Starkville Academy and Morgan Buntin, a graduate of Starkville High School. Clark received the John and Gloria Correro Scholarship and Buntin the Oktibbeha County 100 Scholarship.
â€śWe are extremely fortunate to live in a community where local businesses and individuals give their time and money to help local students,â€ť said Rupp. â€śAll our scholarship recipients are outstanding students who will be great ambassadors for our university now and in the future.â€ť
For complete details about Bulldog Blast weekend, visit www.alumni.msstate.edu/oktibbeha or contact Donna Rupp at 617-5730.