DSU Gala sets new fundraising record
The Dakota State University Foundation Gala set a new record for the amount raised at the annual event July 9. Final tallies show over $50,000 raised, surpassing last year’s record of $45,000. The money was raised through event sponsorships, ticket sales, live and silent auctions, donations, and a “Friend of the Trojan Carving” challenge.
Earlier this summer a windstorm swept through campus, toppling a large section of a tree located near the Trojan Center. Rather than remove the tree completely, a portion was retained, and carved by local artist Brad Hodne, into a likeness of the DSU Trojan mascot. At the Gala, Dr. Borofsky donated $500 to become the first “Friend of the Trojan Carving” and challenged the attendees to match his gift. Twenty-five guests rose to Dr. Borofsky’s challenge that night, with several others not in attendance becoming friends since. Proceeds from the Friends of the Trojan Carving challenge are at $16,000 and rising.
“The Friends idea was an opportunity to take a bad situation, with the loss of a prominent tree on campus, and turn it into something that would directly benefit students through scholarships,” said Dr. Borofsky. Donors who become Friends prior to August 31 will have their name engraved on a plaque next to the Trojan carving and on another plaque inside the Trojan Center. The plaques will be unveiled during DSU Homecoming on September 29.
For over 25 years, the DSU Gala has served as the premier annual fundraising event for Dakota State. DSU Vice President for Advancement Judy Payne says sponsors and donated auction items account for a significant portion of the Gala’s financial success. “State Senator Russell and Jennie Olson, and Aramark, DSU’s food service provider, sponsored this year’s Gala,” said Payne, “and we are appreciative of that generous support from them, along with all who donate items for the auction.” Auction items included golf and vacation packages, wine, and new this year, a chance to experience the buffalo roundup at Custer State Park from a VIP perspective.
The 2012 Gala was co-chaired by Allan and Julie Gross and Floyd and Megan Rummel of Madison. The Andy Gibson Band provided music for dancing, and DSU alumnus Tom Souvignier of Canton volunteered his service as auctioneer.