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Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 S. 4th, is open Tuesday through Saturday.

 

ENID, Okla. — Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center has extended the deadline to buy tickets for their annual gala to close of business on Wednesday.

This year's gala, which raises funds to support museum operations and programming, will be 6-10 p.m. Friday in the municipal hangar adjacent to the terminal building at Enid Woodring Regional Airport, 1026 S. 66th.

Dana Armstead, business manager for Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, said the annual fundraising gala has a different theme each year.

This year, organizers are giving the public a chance to enjoy a 1940s-style hangar dance, accompanied by live music by the Floyd Haynes Big Band Orchestra and a prime rib and chicken dinner catered by Oakwood Country Club.

Armstead said the event will have the feel and fun of a 1940s USO Tour concert and dance, along with raffles, a live auction, "good music and good food," and 1940s-style "pinup girls." Attendees are encouraged to wear 1940s dress.

"This is our way of thanking our supporters, and we are focused on making it a really fun night for them," Armstead said. "We are really excited about it, and we want to have a fun, relaxing night."

You don't need to be a member or patron of the museum to attend. Armstead said it's an opportunity for anyone in the community to enjoy a night out and support educational programs at the museum.

"Our programming is the backbone of what we do," Armstead said. "We teach history, and we want to be an active part of our community, and we want to offer programs that are beneficial to people of all ages."

Armstead said those programs, and community support for the heritage center, are essential to preserving for future generations the stories of those who've made the community what it is today.

"We are carrying on a legacy for folks who felt called to preserve our history," Armstead said. "They had a vision for telling a story of the Cherokee Strip, and the pioneers, entrepreneurs, the families and all of the different peoples who came here to follow a dream."

Tickets for the 1940s Big Band Hangar Dance are $75 per person, $125 per couple or $500 for a table of eight. Ticket reservations must be made by 5 p.m. today by calling Dana Armstead at (580) 237-1907, ext. 221.

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