--  Event Will Raise Scholarship Funds for Students Attending Oklahoma State University --

The Orange County Chapter of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association will host An Evening with T. Boone Pickens at the Santa Ana Country Club on May 26, 2016.

Beginning at 5 p.m., the legendary energy executive, dubbed the “Oracle of Oil” by CNBC, will join a limited number of registered guests for cocktails and dinner.  In this intimate setting, Mr. Pickens will share his thoughts regarding the state of the energy industry, the challenges it faces and the opportunities available to America for a viable long-term energy plan, as well as his insights on presidential politics and other topical subjects. 

At 7:15 p.m., a reception and general discussion session will begin, featuring an informal question-and-answer discussion with Mr. Pickens.  Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. 

Radio talk show host, Mark Larson, will serve as emcee for the event.  His program, The Mark Larson Show, is broadcast weekdays from 6-9 a.m. PDT on San Diego radio station AM 1170, and simulcast live on CRN Digital Talk Radio’s CRN-3 channel and everywhere on iHeart Radio.  

All proceeds from An Evening with T. Boone Pickens will benefit Orange County area students planning to attend OSU.  As a result, attendees’ ticket costs are 100% tax advantaged.  For more information and to register to attend, visit www.orangeconnection.org/boone or contact Shane Smith at 405.744.8923.    


Mr. Pickens graduated from OSU (previously Oklahoma A&M) in 1951 with a degree in geology.  He is among the most generous university benefactors of all time, having contributed more than $500 million to his alma mater, divided evenly between academics and athletics.  He also has donated the majority of his professional papers to OSU.

He is one of the nation’s most successful businessmen, first building one of the nation’s largest independent oil companies, Mesa Petroleum, and later reinventing himself in his 70s as one of the most successful investment fund operators with BP Capital. In July 2008, Boone launched the Pickens Plan (www.PickensPlan.com), a $100 million grass-roots campaign aimed at reducing this country’s crippling addiction to OPEC oil. His 2008 book, The First Billion is the Hardest, detailed what America must do to win back its energy independence. He is also aggressively pursuing a wide range of other energy-related business interests.

His many professional honors include membership in the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, the Texas Business Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. In 1998, the Oil & Gas Investor listed him as one of the “100 Most Influential People of the Petroleum Century.” During the span of his career, Mr. Pickens has given away more than $1 billion to philanthropic causes, including more than $500 million to Oklahoma State University.

The Oklahoma State University Alumni Association serves as a lifelong connection between alumni and OSU. As a member organization, the Alumni Association serves more than 210,000 alumni living worldwide, as well as OSU students, faculty, staff and friends. By supporting the extensive alumni network from OSU, the Alumni Association provides a connection back to the university through a number of outreach programs as well as a complete directory to connect alumni to each other. Get Connected – Stay Connected – orangeconnection.org!


Nikki Pesusich

Coterie Media