A gala built around the Academy Awards attracted 150 guests and raised just more than $4,800 for an emergency fund to help Central Lakes College students in Brainerd and Staples.
Prairie Bay Grill and Catering, Baxter, hosted "Night at the Oscars" on Feb. 22 for movie-lovers and supporters of the Central Lakes College Foundation. The red-carpet event featured Hollywood-inspired hors d'oeuvres by Chef Matt Annand and some special prizes.
A silent auction during the evening raised $1,030 of the total.
Deb Luhrs, of Nisswa, reacted after drawing a mystery prize - a diamond pendant worth $500 - at the Night at the Oscars party hosted by Prairie Bay Grill and Catering in Baxter. Emcee Jerry Beckmann announced her good fortune to the 150 attendees. The event was sponsored by Central Lakes College Foundation. (Photo by Tonya Erickson, CLC photo technology student)
The money raised was placed in the Random Acts of Kindness Fund, which is available for CLC students to purchase books, up to $250, or otherwise assist in emergencies for such things as vehicle fuel.
"Prairie Bay has been very supportive of Brainerd area charities," said Diane Scearcy, executive director of the CLC Foundation. "Out of all the charities in our area, we feel fortunate to have been selected."
The nonprofit foundation has provided financial aid to many students through endowments and scholarship funds established by individuals and organizations. The Random Acts of Kindness Fund provides flexibility and the most immediate response to student financial emergencies.
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