The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 27, 2012

Cherokee Strip Days Gala slated

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A 1960s supper club will be recreated this year for the third annual Cherokee Strip Days Gala on Sept. 7 in the Continental Ballroom in downtown Enid.

Organizers said they wanted something original, and the supper club idea honoring the oil and gas industry seemed perfect because of the oil boom ongoing in the area, said Maria Rosendale, chair of the gala committee. The gala’s theme is “Rubies and Rigs.”

Supper club specialties will be served by Panevino Wine & Tapas Bar, and entertainment will be provided by artists from Dallas who impersonate Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, Rosendale said.

Chesapeake Energy has been named title sponsor of the gala, which is Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s major fundraiser of the year for museum operations, said Executive Director Andi Holland.

“This is a major fundraiser of the year and the only one as a special event that supports operations,” she said.

Holland said there is no particular goal, but raising $10,000 would “be amazing.”

Chesapeake is eager to help community events in northwest Oklahoma, where it currently has a large presence, she said.

“I’m so pleased they chose us. I’m really thrilled to have them as title sponsor,” Holland said.

In addition to Chesapeake, sponsors are Lew and Myra Ward, Oxbow Calcining and Gary Brown and Associates.

The idea for the gala came from the idea of being centered on Cherokee Strip Days and the Heritage Center’s mission to tell the story of the 1893 land run. Just as the museum programming and mission promotes telling the story of the Cherokee Strip, the fundraising event should pay honor to the founding of the region and the characteristics of people who settled the land, Holland said.

“It seemed natural to plan a gala at this time of year,” she said.

Reservations for the gala are being taken at the Heritage Center, 507 S. 4th. The cost is $200 per couple or $125 per person. Parties reserving a table of eight will receive a discount. Seating is limited.

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is a property of Oklahoma Historical Society. For information on programs, call the Heritage Center at (580) 237-1907 or go online to www.csrhc.org.