More than 250 Mississippi State supporters are expected to take part in the 17th annual Bulldog Blast Weekend today and Friday and help raise money to help fund student scholarships.
The event is sponsored by the Oktibbeha County chapter of the MSU Alumni Association
“Bulldog Blast is our biggest fundraiser of the year, which helps fund scholarships for deserving high school seniors in Oktibbeha County attending Mississippi State,” said Alumni Chapter President Stan Acy.
Activities for Bulldog Blast Weekend include a Men’s and Women’s Doubles Tennis Tournament and a 4-Person Golf Scramble.
Tennis play begins Friday at the MSU Pitts Tennis Center. To register a team or for more information, contact Robert Cadenhead by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org  or by phone at 418-8093.
The golf tournament begins Sautrday at 11:30 a.m. at the Starkville Country Club. Golfers can register their team by calling Jason Ryder at 312-6800 or Danny Lott at 312-2453.
Following the tournaments on Saturday, the public is invited to attend the Southern buffet dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Club.
The dinner will feature fresh catfish, shrimp, chicken, several sides and fruit cobbler. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children under 10 and will be available at the door.
In addition to the dinner, a raffle will be held featuring an array of items such as MSU memorabilia, home accents, gift certificates, autographed items, children’s toys, furniture and much more. This event is fun for the whole family, Acy said.
Because of the fundraising efforts from last year, the Oktibbeha Chapter was able to award 14 $1,000 scholarships.
Scholarships recipients for the 2010-2011 school year were Kelly Bartlett, Clayton Berryhill, Joseph Jones, Drew Kelley, Hillary Leonard, Mallory McCain, Kayla Fuentes, Fanecia Saulsberry, Ashley Bryan, Jordan Keasler, Anne Steinwinder, Kasey C. Fulgham, Meria Monique Bell and Anne Claire Craig. The Oktibbeha County Alumni Association’s two endowed scholarships were presented to Anne Claire Craig and Kayla Fuentes.
Craig received the John Correro Scholarship and Fuentes the Oktibbeha County 100 Scholarship.
“We are extremely fortunate to live in a community where local businesses give their time and money to help local students,” said Acy. “I want to thank all of the businesses and individuals who support our fundraising efforts because without their generosity these scholarships would not be possible.”
For complete details about Bulldog Blast weekend, visit the website at http://www.alumni.msstate.edu/oktibbeha  or contact Stan Acy at 418-1420.