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December 05, 2008
Recognizing donors and the increasing importance of public funding, Anoka-Ramsey Community College honored approximately 300 donors and guests for their support of the college's scholarship programs with the second annual black-tie Legacy Dinner, Friday, Nov. 21 at the Courtyards of Andover. The appreciation event, common at four-year institutions, was the first of its kind for a two-year institution in the Minnesota Colleges and Universities system when it debuted in November 2007.
donor recognition event Anoka-Ramsey Community College President, (left) Dr. Patrick M. Johns thanks John Gasal, Connexus Power Supply Vice President and Mike Rajala, Connexus President and Chief Executive Officer for their support of students at the second annual college donor recognition event, the Legacy Dinner, Nov. 21.

Attendees enjoyed a complimentary gourmet dinner and a program featuring guest speaker, Frank Vascellaro, WCCO News anchor, and testimonials from current scholarship recipients.

"The Legacy Dinner and award recognizes donors for the critical support they provide to higher education," says the college President Dr. Patrick M. Johns. "This event also gives donors the first hand opportunity to hear how important their support is to real people, such as scholarship recipient Dale Strelow."

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

Legacy Award recipients at this year's event included Connexus Energy, the Kopp Family Foundation and the Ramsey Lions Club.

In addition to the Legacy Club, the campus foundations also honor donors at the following giving levels:

  • Benefactor's Club, $25,000 - $49,999
  • Fellows Club, $10,000 - $24,999
  • Honorary Club, $5,000 - $9,999
  • President's Club, $2,500 - $4,999
  • Director's Club, $1,000 - $2,499
  • Scholar's Club, $500 - $999
  • College Club, $100 - $499
  • Loyalty Club, $1 - $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.

"Connexus Energy shares the foundation's belief that it is important to show our gratitude to donors," says Evelyn Gedde, Director of Institutional Advancement at ARCC. "To paraphrase a quote from Albert Schweitzer, scholarships provided by these donors light flames within our students. For that we are all very grateful."

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