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December 04, 2007

Advancing to a new level of financial development by recognizing donors and showcasing the increasing importance of public funding, Anoka-Ramsey Community College honored approximately 300 donors and guests who have supported the college's scholarship programs with a black-tie Legacy Dinner, Friday, Nov. 30 at the Courtyards of Andover. The special event, common for four-year institutions, was the first of its kind for a two-year institution in the Minnesota Colleges and Universities system.

Attendees were treated to a complimentary gourmet dinner and a program featuring guest speaker, Cyndy Brucato, KSTP 5 Eyewitness News anchor, and testimonials from current scholarship recipient, Samantha Armstrong, and past scholarship recipient, Shaun Georges.

"The first annual Legacy Dinner was an unprecedented event to recognize and thank donors who themselves recognize the importance of an Anoka-Ramsey Community College education in the lives of students," says the college President Dr. Patrick M. Johns. "Hearing Samantha and Shaun attest to the difference their scholarships made to their lives was truly inspirational."

Contributors who have given $50,000 or more to the campus foundations for scholarships were inducted into the newly-established Legacy Club, receiving individual recognition, a plaque and a blown-glass award, individually created by college faculty member and renowned glassblowing artist, Bob Toensing.

Legacy Award recipients included: Juanita and Chuck Peterson, Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Coon Rapids Lions Club, Geri and Darby Nelson, Pam and Jim Deal, the Ramsey Lions Club, Peoples Bank of Commerce, Woodland Development Corporation, Unity Hospital Auxiliary, Unity & Mercy Hospitals, the Family of Dora Keillor, and Possis Medical.

In addition to the Legacy Club, the college also established the following giving levels:

  • Benefactor's Club, $10,000 thru $49,999
  • Honorary Club, $5,000 thru $9,999
  • President's Club, $2,500 thru $4,999
  • Director's Club, $1,000 thru $2,499
  • Scholar's Club, $500 thru $999
  • College Club, $100 thru $499
  • Loyalty Club, $1 thru $99

The Legacy Dinner was made possible through financial support from Connexus Energy, which contributed $10,000, thus insuring no scholarship donations were necessary for expenses.

"It was a very impressive event," says James H. McCormick, chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, who also attended the event. "It was wonderful to see such support from the community for the mission of the college."

For more information about the Legacy Dinner event or to make a contribution to Anoka-Ramsey Community College scholarship programs, contact the Director of Institutional Advancement, Evelyn Gedde at 763-433-1189.

Bob Toensing, renowned glassblowing instructor at Anoka-Ramsey Community College unveils the Legacy Award
Bob Toensing, renowned glassblowing instructor at Anoka-Ramsey Community College unveils the Legacy Award that he was commissioned to create for the 12 Legacy Award Winners. Toensing created the award from liquid molten glass to capture the flame's movement and dancing motion. He chose the flame design to symbolize a quote by Albert Schweitzer and theme for the Legacy Dinner: "Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."

Evelyn Gedde (left), ARCC Director of Institutional Advancement introduced Cindy Brucato, KSTP-TV 5 News Anchor to MnSCU Chancellor James McCormick during the Legacy Dinner.

Evelyn Gedde (left), ARCC Director of Institutional Advancement introduced Cindy Brucato, KSTP-TV 5 News Anchor to MnSCU Chancellor James McCormick during the Legacy Dinner.


Legacy Award Recipients

Possis Medical
Possis Medical
Pictured (from left) are John Gasl, Coon Rapids Campus Foundation President; Robert Scott, ARCC Alumnus and Possis Medical Vice President; and Patrick Johns, college President.

Family of Dora Keillor
Family of Dora Keillor
Pictured (from left) are John Gasl, Coon Rapids Campus Foundation President; Linda Berg, Dora's granddaughter; Patrick Johns, college President.

Mercy and Unity Hospitals
Mercy and Unity Hospitals
Pictured (from left) are John Gasl, Coon Rapids Campus Foundation President; Rickie Ressler, Unity Hospital CEO; Tom O'Connor, Mercy Hospital CEO; and Patrick Johns, college President.

Unity Hospital Auxiliary
Unity Hospital Auxiliary
Coon Rapids Foundation Board President John Gasl (left) and Anoka-Ramsey President Pat Johns (right) presents members of Unity Hospital Auxiliary with their Legacy Award.

Woodland Development Corporation
Woodland Development Corporation
Pictured (from left) are John Gasl, Coon Rapids Campus Foundation President; Lary Carlson, Founder of Woodland Development Corporation and foundation board member; and Patrick Johns, college President.

Ramsey Lions Club
Ramsey Lions Club
Coon Rapids Foundation Board President John Gasl (left) and Anoka-Ramsey President Pat Johns (right) presents members of the Ramsey Lions Club with their Legacy Award.

Peoples Bank of Commerce
Peoples Bank of Commerce
Pictured (from left) are Dennis Troff, Cambridge Campus Foundation Board Chair; Clyde Bloyer, Peoples Bank Vice President; Scott Laugen, Peoples Bank President and CEO; and Patrick Johns, college President.

James and Pamela Deal
James and Pamela Deal
Geri and Darby Nelson
Geri and Darby Nelson
Pictured (from left) are John Gasl, Coon Rapids Campus Foundation President; Darby Nelson, former faculty member; Geri Nelson; and Patrick Johns, college President.

Coon Rapids Lions
Coon Rapids Lions
Pictured (from left) are John Gasl, Coon Rapids Campus Foundation President; Ana Jean Johnson; Roger Johnson; and Patrick Johns, college President.

Memorial Hospital Foundation
Memorial Hospital Foundation
Pictured (from left) are Dennis Troff, Cambridge Campus Foundation Chair; Loren Nelson, Dr. Ray Magnuson, Del Larson, Neil Hendrickson, Memorial Hospital Foundation members; and Patrick Johns, college President.

Juanita and Chuck Peterson
Juanita and Chuck Peterson
Pictured (from left) are Dennis Troff, Cambridge Campus Foundation Chair; Juanita Peterson; Chuck Peterson; and Patrick Johns, college President.