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Women’s Holiday Social Raises More Than $2,600 for Women’s Scholarships at the U of M, Crookston
December 3, 2008

Contact: Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-8679 (mchristo@umn.edu) Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


A silent auction was the highlight of the Women's Holiday Social held Tuesday, December 2, 2008.
A silent auction was the highlight of the Women's Holiday Social held Tuesday, December 2, 2008.
Crookston, Minn. (December 3, 2008) – The second annual Women’s Holiday Social and Silent Auction at the University of Minnesota, Crookston raised some $2,600 for women’s scholarships. More than 100 women gathered to celebrate the holiday season, enjoy refreshments, and connect with friends of the University.  During the social, guests had an opportunity to view and bid on themed baskets and artwork. Baskets were filled with unique items matching the theme chosen by women in each respective unit on the campus or by women in the community.

Special recognition was awarded to two of the baskets. The Natural Resource Department on the Crookston campus won “Best of Show” with their “Garden Goddess” basket. Two baskets designed by the U of M, Crookston Retired Women received “Chancellor’s Choice” for their handiwork called “Homemade for the Holidays.” The UMC Horticulture Club offered holiday arrangements and trimmings for sale and the Bookstore also had a special display.

All proceeds from the silent auction will be contributed to the Women’s Project Fund to support awareness and the recognition of scholarly work and service throughout the University of Minnesota, Crookston. This year’s social was organized by Jeannine Windels, Diane Bachmeier, Ardith Pelton, Judy Neppel, Mary Pulkrabek, Barbara Muesing, and Michelle Christopherson.

Plans are under way for next year’s Women’s Holiday Social and Silent Auction slated for Tuesday, December 1, 2009, in Bede Ballroom at the U of M, Crookston from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. “I encourage all of you to mark your calendars for next year as the bar has been set for both creativity and design at this year’s social, and we are looking forward to next year already,” said Michelle Christopherson, director of the Center for Adult Learning and one of the co-chairs for the event.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.