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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Key Event a ‘wild’ success

  • The Lake Region State College Foundation found out on Friday, Nov. 15 just how many people are “Wild about LRSC” at the annual Key Event. There were few empty seats in the city’s Memorial Building for the gala evening that was a veritable Who’s Who of local celebrities, movers and shakers, politicians and educators.
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  • The Lake Region State College Foundation found out on Friday, Nov. 15 just how many people are “Wild about LRSC” at the annual Key Event. There were few empty seats in the city’s Memorial Building for the gala evening that was a veritable Who’s Who of local celebrities, movers and shakers, politicians and educators.
    According to Laurel Goulding from the Foundation Office the tally looks to have outdone last year’s record breaking $90,000. Although not all of the money is in, yet, Goulding says she believes they will have taken in an estimate of $103,000 when all is said and done.
    “We live in such an amazing community,” Goulding said.
    “We had so many beautiful, useful and fun things to bid on this year.”
    She emphasized the popularity of the special parties like the beer making party, children’s parties - like the pony at your birthday party, and private dinner parties like the President’s prime rib party that was sold, once, twice and finally three times.
    That’s a lot of prime rib, Dr. Darling!
    Following the live auction those who missed out on the items they wanted were invited to purchase a “banana scholarship” to help students attend LRSC. Goulding said they received $20,000 in “banana scholarships” that evening.
    The money raised at the event goes to fund scholarships for students to attend LRSC and this year most of the money raised at the Key Event will go into the 2 Equals 3 for Enhanced Academics, North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Fund where each two dollars becomes three.
    Gifts or pledges (limited to 5 years) must be received by Dec. 31, 2014. The matchng funds must be dedicated to the “advancement of enhances academics” which includes investments in “research, scholarships, technology, endowed chairs and investments in educational infrastructure” including approved new capital construction projects. Lake Region State College has identified three priority areas for its challenge fund campaign:
    1. Scholarships and programs - Scholarships help students and program support empowers faculty.
    2. Technology - Keeping pace with evolving technologies is a major challenge.
    3. Education Infrastructure - The legislature provided funding of $5.6 million to support major renovation and expansion of the college’s technical education center, in the Erlandson Building.
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