Successful fundraiser for college foundation

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation’s signature fundraising event celebrated its 20th anniversary Friday evening.

Prairie Home Delights featured gourmet appetizers, cheeses and desserts as well as wall of wine sales, and both silent and live auctions.

An ensemble comprising Anoka-Ramsey Community College faculty and students provided dessert music at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation’s annual Prairie Home Delights Oct. 25.

An ensemble comprising Anoka-Ramsey Community College faculty and students provided dessert music at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation’s annual Prairie Home Delights Oct. 25.

The purpose of the event was to raise money for scholarships for Anoka-Ramsey students.

Since its inception in 1974, the college foundation has awarded over $1.7 million in scholarships and last year more than 140 students at the Coon Rapids campus received scholarships through the foundation.

The 2012 Prairie Home Delights event grossed $19,210 for scholarships.

As of early this week, the foundation was still working on determining how much the Oct. 25 event raised, according to Michael Wall, interim executive director of the foundation.

But a “fund-a-need appeal” following the live auction – the first time the foundation has asked people attending to fund a scholarship that evening – was very strong, Wall said in an email.

Sharon McVary samples a dessert from Truffles & Tortes, Anoka, at the Prairie Home Delights fundraiser for student scholarships at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Friday evening.

Sharon McVary samples a dessert from Truffles & Tortes, Anoka, at the Prairie Home Delights fundraiser for student scholarships at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Friday evening.

“We raised $5,000 toward the $6,500 cost of a Presidential Star Scholarship,” he said.

The evening was split into two parts.

Prairie Home Delights began on the first and second floors of the college with chef-prepared appetizers and artisan cheeses donated by local cheesemakers, silent auction and wall of wine where people could buy a bottle of red or white wine for $20 and draw a number for a chance to win a bottle of wine.

There were 59 silent auction items on which guests could bid.

Then attendees moved to the college’s Legacy Room for desserts donated by local restaurants and confectioners, jazz music and the live auction.

The evening culminated with a live auction conducted by Pat Brenna of Bizgal Auctioneer Agency.

Eleven items were on the auction block including dinner for two with new college president Kent Hanson and his wife, a giant bicycle, homemade custom-built cherry cabinet, six-course dinner for eight, wine cooler with six bottles of wine, full-day guided fishing trip, legal estate plan package and Mall of America package.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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