BEMIDJI, Minn. — More than 400 attendees and 100 Bemidji State University student-athletes gathered at the Sanford Center Saturday night for the inaugural Green & White Dinner and Auction to Benefit BSU Athletics.
Net proceeds from tickets, bids on 93 silent auction and seven live auction items, as well as other activities, totaled more than $104,000. Also included in that sum were individual donations totaling $21,800 to “Build a Scholarship” – a special effort to raise additional scholarship dollars for student-athletes.
Soccer player Tiffany VanHaaften, a graduating senior from Chaska, and men’s basketball player Maxie Rosenbloom, a graduating senior from St. Paul, shared their student-athlete experiences and expressed gratitude to those who had helped them succeed at Bemidji State.
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tracy Dill complimented those present, volunteers and the community for their support of men’s and women’s athletic programs at BSU.
“Through the efforts of many volunteers, university staff and student–athletes, the evening was a success in many ways,” Dill said. “Most importantly, it provides an opportunity to continue to build partnerships for the future and share in the dreams of our students.”
The presenting sponsor was Lueken’s Village Foods. Champion level sponsors were First National Bank Bemidji, Sanford Orthopedics Sports Medicine and Midcontinent Communications. Other sponsors include: MarketPlace Foods & Pace, Inc., Tag Up, Keg n’ Cork and Knife River Materials.
• Maryhelen Chadwick, communications & marketing specialist, BSU Alumni & Foundation; (218) 755-2122, firstname.lastname@example.org