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An Ada restaurant will sponsor a dinner Sept. 20 [TUESDAY] for the Guard Officer Leadership Development (GOLD) Program at East Central University. Santa Fe Cattle Company will provide a steak/chicken dinner with sides, salads, and drinks at 6:30 p.m. at the Pontotoc County Agriplex.
 The ECU GOLD Program is a military leadership training program co-sponsored by the ECU School of Business and the Oklahoma Army National Guard. Successful completion of the program leads to a commission in the Oklahoma Army National Guard.
The Ray Marshall Band will provide entertainment for the adults and the GOLD Program soldiers will provide entertainment for children under 12. Several area businesses have contributed items for a silent auction to be held during the dinner.  
“Last year the Ada community and businesses helped us raise the funds we needed to conduct quality leadership training,” said Capt. Kevin Roland, director of the GOLD Program.  “We hope to raise funds this year that will allow us to conduct study trips to the Pea Ridge Civil War battlefield in Arkansas and participate in the Bataan Death March Memorial Marathon in New Mexico.”
Cost for the dinner is $15 for adults and $10 for kids under 12. Tickets can be purchased through Sept. 16 [FRIDAY] at Gem Jewelers, 101 W. Main, or by contacting Roland at 405-593-0769, 580-559-5822 or

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