DURANT — Southeastern Oklahoma State University Gold and Blue Scholarship Gala and Auction will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 9.

The event, Denim and Diamonds, is sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association and will be in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

All proceeds will benefit student scholarships. Last year's gala raised $24,000 for the scholarship fund.

"The donated auction items for 2013 are exceptional," said Mary Frank, chair of the Gala Committee, "and if you enjoy dancing, food, fun and friends, then this is your evening. The gala is a party with a purpose."

Tickets cost $50 per person for a full evening of casino games, live and silent auctions, dancing and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Live music will be provided by the Big Daddy Band of Dallas.

Denim casual is the dress of the evening.

"Everyone is invited to come out for an evening that will feature lots of fun and also raise money for student scholarships to Southeastern," said Rob Piearcy, president of the Southeastern Alumni Association.

To purchase tickets, go online at alumni.SE.edu or visit the Welcome Center on the southeast corner of N. 5th Avenue and University Blvd. To ask questions, call (580) 745-2288.