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'Night in NY' benefit is Friday

Each year, the Detroit Lakes Area College Foundation awards scholarships that make it possible for both full and part-time students at Minnesota State Community & Technical College (M State)-Detroit Lakes to achieve their academic and professional goals.

The Foundation also provides funding for M State-DL's equipment and programming needs.

But to make all that possible, the Foundation is dependent upon the support of the community.

Contributions to the DLACF "assist students, provide businesses withi an educated workforce, contribute to economic development and strengthen our community," according to Catie Herman, director of advancement at M State-DL.

To that end, the DLACF is hosting its third annual fundraiser and scholarship award program, "A Night in New York," this Friday, March 26 at the Speak Easy in Detroit Lakes.

With increased numbers of displaced workers searching for new career paths, enrollment at M State has passed the 1,000 student mark.

"Our enrollment has grown steadily over the last five years," Herman said -- and the college's on-campus and online course offerings continue to grow to meet that need.

"Our students are all ages," added Shelly Maguire, chair of the "Night in New York" planning committee.

M State is already accepting applications for the 2010-11 school year, Herman added.

Scholarship recipients can be full or part-time students, enrolled in their first or second year at M State-DL. Scholarships are also available to veterans and Business & Entrepreneurial Services (BES) students.

Recipients are chosen by a committee of faculty, staff and board members, according to criteria established by the committee.

This year's DLACF scholarship recipients will be honored during Friday's festivities, where they will be treated as "Broadway stars," Maguire said.

The theme will carry over to the evening's entertainment as well, she added. A group of music students from M State in Fergus Falls will perform a medley of Broadway show tunes during the opening cocktail hour, which starts at 6 p.m.

The silent auction will have a "Fifth Avenue shopping" theme, where guests can stroll through displays of everything from jewelry, spa services and gourmet coffee packages to concert tickets, restaurant gift certificates and weekend hotel getaways.

The sit-down dinner, which starts at 7 p.m., will have a "Little Italy" theme, and "the Speak Easy will be transformed into New York City" for the evening, Maguire promised.

The scholarship award program gets underway at 8 p.m., which also marks the closing of the silent auction.

Tickets are $35, and may be purchased at M State's student services center. You can also call Catie Herman at 218-846-3681.

"We accept cash or credit cards," Herman said.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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