Payne County Youth Services recently held the first annual valentine dinner, silent auction and entertainment event of this kind for the agency.

Held at the OSU Conoco-Philips Alumni Center, over 110 guests enjoyed fine cuisine, the entertainment of Les Gilliam, “The Oklahoma Balladeer”, bid on wonderful silent auction items and learned a little about the services of PCYS. 

“We are thrilled at how the event turned out,” stated Janet Fultz, executive director at PCYS.  “The community supported this event very well in attendance and donation of items for the silent auction.  The OSU Psychology Club and Sociology Club helped with preparation and set up, and a special donor assisted with many of the details for the event”.   

“We are particularly grateful to Ann and Burns Hargis for stopping by on a very busy OSU day, said Fultz.   “Ann Hargis who along with Ann Halligan are members of the PCYS Advisory Board for Sustainability and Public Awareness were instrumental in promoting this event”.  

As a part of the entertainment, Les Gilliam identified what couples in the audience had been married for the greatest number of years.  Ann and Jim Halligan and Nancy and Jon Patton won this distinction, each couple having been married for 52 years. 

“We already have set the date for next year’s Valentine event,” said Fultz. “Each year we will have a new and exciting theme.  We hope to see everyone on Saturday, February 12, 2011!” 

For information about PCYS, their services or how you can get involved you may visit their web-site at, find them on Facebook or call 405-377-3380.  PCYS is a United Way agency.