Thursday, April 11, 2013

Big BBQ Cook Off In Okeechobee

Scholarship Fund To Benefit From Lots Of Rib Eating
OKEECHOBEE, FL. -- The “O.L. Raulerson, Jr.” Scholarship Fund will be holding their Fourth Annual fundraising BBQ Cook-off on Friday and Saturday, May 3 & 4, 2013. This fundraiser will be held at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, located at 4601 Highway 710 Okeechobee, Florida 34972. This year's event will also be hosting an Airboat and Buggy show along with a Corn Hole Tournament.

O.L. Raulerson, Jr. was the first and only Sheriff, to date, to be elected to two different Florida Counties. O.L. was appointed to Sheriff in Highlands County, Florida in 1970 and ran for Highlands County Sheriff and won in 1972. 

 O.L. was defeated in Highlands County in 1978 and moved to Okeechobee. O.L. was appointed to Sheriff of Okeechobee County, Florida in 1986. O.L. ran for Okeechobee County Sheriff and won the elections in 1988 and 1992. O.L. was defeated in Okeechobee County in 1998. O.L. ran again for Okeechobee County Sheriff in 2001 and won. O.L. retired and supported our current Sheriff Paul May in 2005. O.L. passed away in 2007.

The fund was developed to remember Sheriff O.L. Raulerson, Jr. by awarding an Okeechobee High School graduating senior with a scholarship. This scholarship is for the graduate to attend the Indian River State College and complete the Law Enforcement Officer Certification Course. We have awarded two scholarships to date and had our first recipient Brant Harden graduate in 2012.

Company sponsorships are available for this event.

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