Cameron University SIFE to host Lawton Firefighters Appreciation Banquet

The Cameron University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team, in cooperation with the Lawton Fire Department, will host the Lawton Firefighters Appreciation Banquet on May 6 in the McCasland Ballroom. State Senator Don Barrington, Mayor Fred Fitch and Lawton Fire Chief Bart Hadley are the featured speakers. The event will provide a catered meal for approximately 100 Lawton firefighters.

“The students in Cameron’s SIFE chapter want to express our appreciation to Lawton’s firefighters, who battled so many severe wildfires over the past year,” says Robert Conner, a senior from Lawton who is serving as manager of the project. “These local heroes fought non-stop to contain fires, saving countless homes and lives, and they continue to protect the community every day.”

“I am very happy that the Cameron SIFE team wants to honor our personnel,” says Hadley. “I have felt blessed for many years to have the kind of dedicated, community-oriented firefighters we have in Lawton, and it is heartwarming to see others recognize it as well. Although I do receive calls of appreciation for their work on a regular basis, this is the first time in my 30 years with the department that such an event has been hosted in our honor.”

Led by Dr. Dwight Hite, SIFE faculty co-advisor, the SIFE students hosted a series of campus-wide fundraisers and also acquired local business sponsorships. Current sponsors include BancFirst, Dan Mullins Nissan, Arvest Bank, EZ Go, Liberty National Bank, Billingsley Ford, Oak Ridge Animal Center, Kinslow Law Office, John & Cooks Real Pit BBQ, Gibson Meat Co., Olive Garden, Sam’s Club, and Wal-Mart.

Businesses wishing to become a sponsor should contact Conner at 580-458-1466 or

SIFE is an international non-profit organization working with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing skills to become socially responsible business leaders.  Students apply classroom business concepts to real-life situations to improve the lives of people.


 April 26, 2012