Thursday, March 10, 2011

OPUBCO suite for 40 at Redhawks game, one-night stay in a Colcord Hotel suite among items in silent auction to benefit Sunshine Fund defending open government

An evening in the OPUBCO suite for up to 40 people at an Oklahoma City Redhawks game of the winning bidder's choice is among the items in a silent auction Saturday during the Sunshine Week conference in Oklahoma City.

The money raised will go into FOI Oklahoma's Sunshine Fund. In January, the organization awarded its first $1,000 grant from the fund to help support the costs of an Open Meeting Act lawsuit filed by non-journalists.

Bidders don't have to attend the conference at The Oklahoman, 9000 N. Broadway, which begins at 9 a.m. (Enter from Britton Road.)

Bidding will close at 3:45 p.m. Other items in the auction are:
FOI Oklahoma Inc. also is accepting donations for the Sunshine Fund. Through grants to plaintiffs and by initiating its own lawsuits, the organization hopes to discourage "obvious and egregious" violations of the state's Open Meeting and Open Records laws.

Joey Senat, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
OSU School of Media & Strategic Communications

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