CN supports to Rogers County groups
CLAREMORE – Cherokee Nation officials recently contributed nearly $9,000 to three Rogers County community organizations.
Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. joined Tribal Councilor Keith Austin in presenting checks to the Rodeo Arena Co-op of Claremore, the Rogers County Adult Day Center and the Free Little Library in Oologah.
Contributions made by the tribe include $5,000 to the Rodeo Arena Co-op and $3,500 to the Rogers County Adult Day Center, both made from the tribe’s special projects fund. The $500 donation to the Free Little Library was made from Austin’s community assistance budget.
The donation to the Rodeo Arena Co-op will fund a permanent memorial in honor of Clem McSpadden, a well-known CN citizen. The memorial will be placed at Stampede Park in Claremore. Several members of the Rodeo Arena Co-op, representatives of the town of Claremore, and McSpadden’s widow, Donna McSpadden, were on hand to accept the check.
“What Clem did was for everyone, especially the schoolchildren,” McSpadden said. “I am so grateful to everyone who plays a role in what we do here at the co-op and for sharing the legacy of Clem.”
The $3,500 contribution to the Rogers County Adult Day Center supports the facility’s annual donkey basketball fundraiser.
In addition to presenting a check to the Free Little Library representatives CN officials also participated in the official ribbon-cutting for the Free Little Library in Oologah. The donation from Austin will help the library’s founder, Carolyn Estes, with startup costs.