After a brief paws, Ardmore High School’s hospitality students have dinner plans once again.
The school will host a dinner and silent auction to raise money for the Ardmore Animal Shelter this weekend after being forced to postpone the event earlier this month when the school temporarily closed because of a wave of influenza and other illnesses. Robert “Chef” McGehee’s touring Oklahoma and hospitality tourism class planned the auction as a service project, something he said each of his classes will eventually do.
“It’s still a benefit dinner and silent auction,” McGehee said.
Dinner will include pulled pork sandwiches, sides and desserts donated by Interurban Grill, and Scout, in Ardmore, and sides prepared by the class. Items up for auction will include gift baskets assembled by other student organizations, Ardmore schools and local businesses. Ardmore Animal Shelter plans to bring animals who are up for adoption to the event as well.
“That’s what we’re hoping we can do,” McGehee said.
In addition, the school is also holding a supply drive for the shelter. McGehee said the drive has been slow, and will conclude on Friday. The shelter lists puppy food, cat and dog food, treats, litter, toys, towels and blankets, laundry detergent, dish soap, bleach, paper towels, black ink pens, copy paper and postage stamps as high-demand items.
This marks the first of multiple service projects from McGehee’s classes. Each class picked a different cause and developed a project around the idea. One is planning a trash pick up day, and another is sewing dresses for international nonprofit Dress a Girl Around the World. Another is considering assembling emergency intake kits for a local shelter containing toiletries, towels and personal items.
“If this goes well, we’re going to try to do another community service project,” McGehee said. “Then, we can actually have another event on campus, maybe in May. This event, we’ve been planning since November.”
The auction has been rescheduled to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 in the Ardmore High School cafeteria. Admission is $7. Tickets will be available at the door, or at the Ardmore High School.