WILBURTON – Eastern Oklahoma State College will host its 10th annual Sapphire Ball on April 6 in the Tourtellotte Student Center Ballroom. The annual black-tie event honors supporters of the college while raising funds for student scholarships.
In addition to the annual awards presentations for outstanding alumni, community supporters and employees, the event will feature dinner, silent and live auctions, and entertainment. The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The annual black-tie event is Eastern’s largest scholarship fundraiser with 100 percent of the event’s proceeds benefiting the Sapphire Scholarship Fund.
Four individuals and one organization that have been instrumental to the success of the college will be honored during the event.
David Perryman of Chickasha, and Brooklin Matthews Green of Wilmington, N.C., will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award, presented annually to alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and through service to the college.
Green is a keynote comedian and speaker, voice artist and professor. A native of Checotah, Green graduated from Eastern in 1996 with a degree in speech and drama. She earned a bachelor’s degree in theatER and a master’s degree in communications and leadership from Gonzaga University. A graduate of Second City Conservatory in Chicago, Green has appeared on the A&E Television Network’s “The Laugh Track” documentary and Nick at Nite’s “The Funniest Mom in America 3.” She has been a guest artist with the Education Theatre Association in Texas and Missouri, the North Carolina Thespian Festival and the International Thespian Festival for the past seven years. Green also writes radio and television advertising spots for Sunrise Broadcast while also teaching at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the University of Mount Olive. She regularly performs as a stand-up comedian and improviser around the United States, participating in events such as the Improv Olympics, Chicago’s Improv Festival and the Funny Women Festival.
A Kinta High School graduate, Perryman earned a pre-medicine degree from Eastern in 1977. He then earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and a juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Perryman has been a partner in the Frailey, Chaffin, Cordell, Perryman, Sterkel and McCalla law firm in Chickasha since 1987. In 2013, Perryman began serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives for District 56. He is the Minority Floor Leader and serves on the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Banking, Financial Services and Pensions Committee, County and Municipal Government Committee, and Judiciary Committee.
Community State Bank will receive the Community Spirit Award for outstanding support and service to Eastern and the local community.
The President’s Excellence in Teaching Award will be presented to Dr. Patricia Bolin Ratliff of Poteau. The J.C. Hunt Award for staff excellence will be presented to George Larson of McAlester.
Tickets for the Sapphire Ball are $60 each, and corporate and table sponsorships are also available. Visit eosc.edu/sapphireball for information regarding tickets and sponsorships.