Dakota State Gala Raises Record Amount
The Dakota State University Foundation set a new record for the amount raised at the event February 28. Final tallies show over $82,000 raised, increasing last year’s record of over $60,000. The money is raised through event sponsorships, ticket sales, live and silent auctions, donations, and a ‘Night of Champions’ challenge.
DSU President Dr. David Borofsky makes it a tradition to challenge attendees to give a special donation toward a specific project at the gala. In 2012, gala guests gave an additional $35,000 toward scholarships by becoming Friends of the Trojan Carving. Last year, he challenged them to give to the DSU Partnership Fund, raising over $30,000.
At Gala 2014, guests were asked to give to the Champion Scholarship program. Champion Scholarships are awarded to students based on their ACT score and high school GPA. The scholarships can be renewed for four years, if the student maintains a 3.0 college GPA. Gala guests answered Dr. Borofsky’s challenge by donating over $42,000 to Champion Scholarships during the gala, including a $15,000 challenge from alumnus and current Foundation Board member Dave Bockorny and his wife Jill.
For nearly 30 years, the DSU Gala has served as the premier annual fundraising event for Dakota State. The evening consists of a live and silent auction, entertainment, and dinner. Auction items include golf and vacation packages, jewelry, clothing, and this year, a special framed and matted print of Beadle Hall by artist John Green.
The 2014 Gala was sponsored by Aramark, Avera, Classic Corner, Coca-Cola, Dairy Queen, East River Electric, First Bank and Trust, Great Western Bank, Heartland Consumers Power District, Innovative Systems, Madison Daily Leader, and Prostrollo Auto Mall.
Gala entertainment was provided by nationally acclaimed mentalist Christopher Carter. Music for the social hour was provided by local musicians Rick Schmidt, Joel Brick, Bob Gale, and Ann Elisa Brown. Rick Becker volunteered his services as auctioneer.