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Diamond Hats Gala Raises $225,000 to Support the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo- Name Melissa Eisenhauer Woman of the Year in Agriculture

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:12:01 CDT

Diamond Hats Gala Raises $225,000 to Support the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo- Name Melissa Eisenhauer Woman of the Year in Agriculture It was a record night for the Diamond Hats, a ladies auxiliary organization designed to support the efforts of the Oklahoma Youth Expo. The ladies once again held their major fundraiser of the year, the Diamond Hats Gala on Saturday evening- and announced at the end of the night that they had raised a record large total to go toward their support of the 2019 OYE- a total of $225,000. Over 500 attended the 2018 Gala, held this year at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

In addition to the fundraising efforts- the organization announced a special gift to the Oklahoma FFA and the Oklahoma 4-H. Melissa Eisenhauer serves as the current Diamond Hats President- and explained the gift ahead of a ceremonial check presentation to the youth groups. "Just a few weeks ago the Diamond Hats voted to provide $5,000 to Oklahoma 4-H and FFA for the purpose of providing 4-H and FFA jackets to young people who may not have the means to purchase one. We, as former members, now mothers and grandmothers truly know what it means to put on a blue and gold jacket and to wear the beloved four-leaf clover. We know the pride and value these jackets hold and the empowerment they can give to a young person as well. Because of that knowledge, we felt compelled to not only provide jackets, but also a duffle bag with other necessities such as shoes, a scarf or tie, nylons, black socks, white shirt and black skirt or slacks, we call it “diamond duffels”. Along with that duffle bag and jacket, we want to extend ourselves personally; to make a difference by helping young people understand how to care for the items, know how to properly dress and tie scarves and ties so they may be prepared and able to put their best foot forward. Just a few weeks ago the Diamond Hats voted to provide $5,000 to Oklahoma 4-H and FFA for the purpose of providing 4-H and FFA jackets to young people who may not have the means to purchase one. We, as former members, now mothers and grandmothers truly know what it means to put on a blue and gold jacket and to wear the beloved four-leaf clover. We know the pride and value these jackets hold and the empowerment they can give to a young person as well. Because of that knowledge, we felt compelled to not only provide jackets, but also a duffle bag with other necessities such as shoes, a scarf or tie, nylons, black socks, white shirt and black skirt or slacks, we call it “diamond duffels”. Along with that duffle bag and jacket, we want to extend ourselves personally; to make a difference by helping young people understand how to care for the items, know how to properly dress and tie scarves and ties so they may be prepared and able to put their best foot forward. "

Unknown to Eisenhauer ahead of the evening, the organization announced that she was their choice to be the 2018 recipient of the Woman of the Year in Oklahoma Agriculture- an award that is traditionally announced at the Gala. Pictured above is Melissa Eisenhauer with her award, flanked by one of the founding members of the Diamond Hats, Marilyn Harrell and by Tyler Norvell, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Youth Expo.

After the announcement, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Melissa about the award and the support that Diamond Hats have provided to the Olkahoma Youth Expo- you can hear their conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.

To learn more about the Diamond Hats- you can visit their website- click or tap here.


   
   

Ron Hays talks with Melissa Eisenhauer about receiving the Woman of the Year in Okla Ag
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