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Lake Region State College:

Celebrating 75 years

Page 13

Key Event Through the Years

1992

First Key Event

......................... $4,000

1993

Karaoke Key Event

. .................. $6,000

1994

Oldies, but Goodies

. ................. $6,050

1995

Star Light—Star Bright

........... $9,050

1996

Show Your Colors

................... $14,000

1997

Hats Off to UND-LR

............. $47,000

1998

The Magic of UND-LR

.......... $27,000

1999

The Wild, Wild West

.............. $30,000

2000

Treasure Island

....................... $29,000

2001

Fabulous Fifties

...................... $27,000

2002

Passport to Paris

..................... $36,000

2003

Viva, Las Vegas!

...................... $34,000

2004

Halloween Extravaganza

........ $32,000

2005

Anchors Aweigh!

.................... $38,000

2006

Mexican Fiesta

. ...................... $50,500

2007

Viva Italia

............................... $60,000

2008

Oktoberfest

. ............................ $60,000

2009

Spooktacular Halloween

......... $65,000

2010

Pirates of the Lake Region

...... $80,000

2011

Flashback to the Sixties

. ....... $115,000

2012

Casino Royale

......................... $85,000

2013

Wild About LRSC

. ............... $130,000

2014

Happy Days

.......................... $134,000

2015

Diamonds are Forever

............ $85,000

Opportunities Auction Grand Total

$1,203,600

(Named Endowments, continued from page 12)

Elsie Erickstad Olson Memorial Endowment

Valence Pascal Memorial Endowment

Travis Pesek Memorial Endowment

Melvin & Margaret Peterson Endowment

Inez Piltingsrud (Herman/Buttz) Scholarship Endowment

Anita & Louis Pine Memorial Endowment

Stephen & Carla Pine Endowment

Christian M. Praus Memorial Endowment

Pung Girls Endowment

Michael J. Pung, Jr. Business Scholarship

Ramsey National Bank Endowment

Rotary Club of Devils Lake Endowment

Harold “Bob” Sager Memorial Endowment

Harold Sager Endowment II

Olger Sandven Memorial Endowment

Herman & May Shark Fund for Marketing Excellence

Mike Slag Memorial Endowment

Debbie Stromme Memorial Endowment

Lester & Elizabeth Summer Memorial Endowment

Harley & Viola Summers Toolbox Scholarship

Target Roofing Endowment

Gustaf Thelin Trust

Scott Allan Thompson Memorial Endowment

Tufte Family Endowment

Edmund E. Toutges Memorial Endowment

Angela Turkula Memorial Endowment

Jeff & Barbara Wahl Endowment

Daniel & Victoria Wakefield Family Endowment

James D. Wakefield Memorial Endowment

Thomas Wakefield Family Memorial Endowment

H. K. Wakeford Scholarship Endowment

Wilton & Shirley Webster Family Endowment

Western Endowment

Professor Frank White Endowment

Professor Woll Memorial Endowment

Albert & Janet Wood Endowment

Matthew Wood Memorial Endowment

Boredom is catalyst for first Key Event

W

e had just adjourned the

Community College Foun-

dation’s 1991 annual meeting. Re-

quired by foundation bylaws, the

meeting had been adequate and

covered all necessary business,

but it had also proven to be ... well

... kind of boring. A new approach

was needed to make the occasion

more fun. After that night, a new

idea took shape!

The next year, on October

23, 1992, the first Key Event took

place at Devils Lake Elks Lodge

#1216. There was no particular

theme, and attendance was small,

but we had hosted a party, and

the meeting had taken place ...

and best of all, everyone had fun!

A benefit auction was conducted

that night to raise funds to sup-

port LRSC. The

Opportunities Auc-

tion

, as it has come to be known

in years since, raised $4,000 that

year—comparatively modest by

today’s standards—but there was

no stopping us now.

The Key Event and Oppor-

tunities Auction, billed as the

biggest party in the Lake Region,

has become an annual happen-

ing. Every year features a new

theme, as the column to the right

shows. Party guests have trav-

eled the globe, visiting the lean-

ing tower of Pisa and the Eiffel

Tower. We’ve gambled in Vegas

and prowled the Serengeti. We’ve

sailed with dangerous pirates and

saddled up with cowpokes in the

old west. And dressing up for Hal-

loween has never been more fun!

Every fall, a group of col-

lege-loving volunteers gathers

to mount a tremendous party-

planning effort under the careful

direction of former foundation

board member Carol Leevers.

The goal is a big kick-off for the

foundation’s annual Opportuni-

ties fund-raising campaign. A

theme is selected, decorations and

menus are planned, and word

goes out that the Opportunities

Auction is ready to accept dona-

tions. Whether they’re antiques,

collectibles, artwork, homemade

foods, or handiwork, the assort-

ment of items up for bid never

ceases to amaze. Among our

more memorable auction items

have been a Volkswagen Beetle, a

canoe cruise down the Sheyenne

River, even a Ragdoll kitten who

found her forever home.

And it’s all to support stu-

dents at LRSC! Proceeds from the

auction, raffles, and games—with

a grand total now of more than

$1,200,000—go to work providing

scholarships for students seeking

keys to opportunities for bright

futures. Who ever said boredom

was a bad thing? ●