Prairie Home Delights, Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation’s annual scholarships fund-raiser, returned to the college campus Sept. 28.
The evening was presented by the college foundation, Mercy and Unity Hospitals and Jim and Pam Deal.
The decision to move the event back to the campus was an effort to save money and increase proceeds, according to Tony Palumbo, Anoka County Attorney and president of the scholarship foundation.
“All of the proceeds go to scholarships for students attending Anoka-Ramsey,” Palumbo said.
The goal was to raise $25,000, he said.
And students provided a lot of volunteer help for the occasion, Palumbo said.
There was food catered by Taher, Inc., which has been behind restaurants like Forepaughs and the Woodfire Grill, bringing three event chefs, plus gourmet cheeses and desserts from six different restaurants to eat, a wall of wine and both silent and live auctions.
Items for the auctions were donated by businesses and individuals in the community.
Live auction items included a boat charter, gourmet dinner for eight, half-day guided fishing trip, mountain bike, laptop computer and legal services.
In addition, there were 68 silent auction items on which people could bid.
There was also a raffle with donated prizes such as a set of handmade photo greeting note cards, ceramic bud vase and collector coin set.
Dinner and dessert music was performed by members of the college faculty.
The college foundation began the Prairie Home Delights fund-raiser in 1993 when only desserts were on the menu.
It has grown through the years to an evening of desserts, appetizers, entrees, silent and live auctions and entertainment.
Peter Bodley is at [email protected]