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Fundraiser to help fight substance abuse in Oklahoma

Fighting Addiction Through Education, or FATE, will hold a fundraising dinner on Oct. 25. FATE tries to reduce substance abuse in Oklahoma.
by Ken Raymond Modified: October 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm •  Published: October 16, 2012
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/articleid/3719310/1/pictures/1858425">Photo - Former University of Oklahoma and NFL football star Roy Williams speaks at a FATE event. Williams and other Oklahoma athletes support FATE, which seeks to reduce substance abuse through education. <strong> - Provided</strong>
Former University of Oklahoma and NFL football star Roy Williams speaks at a FATE event. Williams and other Oklahoma athletes support FATE, which seeks to reduce substance abuse through education. - Provided

Individual honorees are Kelly Dyer Fry, The Oklahoman's editor and vice president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group; and David Starkey, who has campaigned to limit access to pseudoephedrine, a precursor to methamphetamine, ever since losing a friend to the drug. Other honorees will be Chesapeake Energy, KFOR/KAUT, OSU, East Central University and Bethany High School.

The event will include live music, dinner, a chocolate candy buffet, a specialty coffee bar, a silent auction and a live auction for items including a men's Rolex watch and a trip for two to the Espy Awards.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Bud Wilkinson Center, 4040 N Lincoln Blvd.

“We think the issue we're dealing with is the most significant because it has such a cascade effect in so many other areas,” Priest said. “It affects incarceration, child abuse and divorce rates. Health care costs are hit hard by substance abuse problems. … It's not hard to come to the conclusion that if you work on this one issue, you can affect so many others that spring from it.”

Tickets are $100. Table sponsorships begin at $1,250. To buy tickets, go online to events.fate.org. For more information, email Priest at jim@fate.org.


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by Ken Raymond
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Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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