DCTC Foundation Hosts First Annual Fundraising Event: True Blue Gala
Dakota County Technical College’s Foundation will host its first True Blue Gala on Thursday, April 19 at Brackett’s Crossing County Club in Lakeville, Minn. Community members and college supporters are invited to attend this annual event, which was established to raise scholarship funds for students in need. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and an awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Gala tickets can be purchased online at dctc.edu/go/trueblue or by calling 651-423-8777.
This evening of elegance and fine dining will include entertainment by DCTC’s own, Patrick Lair, playing the baby grand piano. Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and have access to a cash bar all while perusing a number of fine silent auction items that have been generously donated by local businesses. Guests will also have the opportunity to try their luck at the Wall of Wine sponsored by Lakeville Liquors or by participating in the raffle prize drawing. Greg Miller, Chair of the DCTC Foundation Board and CEO of Dakota Electric along with Scott Ramsdale, Senior Vice President of Anchor Bank, will emcee the Gala. The True Blue Gala will also serve as a formal recognition event, with the following award recipients recognized: Alumni of the Year, Faculty of the Year, Spirit of DCTC and Technical Education Advocate.
“This fundraising event will benefit students by helping them pay for tuition and books and allowing them to stay in college when they experience financial hardship. It’s also provides a great opportunity for alumni to reconnect with the college,” said Tharan Leopold, DCTC’s Executive Director of the Foundation and Alumni. “This celebration is to recognize award recipients, reconnect alumni and raise money for student scholarships.”
Established in 1983 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the DCTC Foundation functions as an avenue for gifts and grants that benefit the college and their students. By providing resources to students, the college and their programs, the foundation upholds the DCTC mission, which is Education for Employment. Governed by a board of directors with up to 18 members, the Foundation has generated more than $3.2 million in financial assistance for students while building a general endowment fund and establishing private endowment funds. The Foundation has also received in-kind donations for equipment, tools and supplies used in many DCTC programs.