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Dollars for Scholars Fall Auction promises fun time for all

Posted 10/13/15 (Tue)

Dollars for Scholars Fall Auction promises fun time for all

By Sydney Glasoe Caraballo
A Hawaiian vacation. Original art. Free brisket.
Whether it’s the chance to win a vacation, bidding on handmade pottery, good dining or being entertained by a local auctioneer, the annual fall fundraiser for the local Dollars for Scholars chapter shouldn’t be missed. 
“It’s an entertaining evening,” says board member Peg Nygaard.
The Dollars for Scholars local chapter will host a social and brisket dinner prepared by Brian Grote at 5:30 p.m. followed by an auction at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Crosby Moose Lodge.
The fall fundraising event is open to the public and a great way to give back to the community, according to Nygaard. Money raised during the evening’s festivities will go toward providing scholarships to graduating Divide County seniors and returning college students this spring.
Auction items range from Prairie Fire pottery to wine baskets to homemade lefse to a three-hour videographer package. Stephen Jacobson is donating the videography gift, which could be used for a graduation, wedding, reunion or other special event. He will also edit the footage for the buyer.
Raffle tickets are also on sale  -- $10 for a ticket or $50 for six tickets – for a time-share package donated by Clyde and Pat Thurston. Some of the travel options for the time-share include Disney World, Hawaii or Mexico. Arrangements for vacation time and location will be made with Clyde after the drawing, Nygaard said.
“Head to Higher Education” is also leading up to the auction and features a bright orange and purple toilet. Individuals can pay $25 to have this lawn ornament delivered to a friend’s front yard. Or you can pay $30 to ensure it won’t go to your yard. A package deal of $50 delivers it to a friend while protecting your yard.
Nygaard says the toilet has raised $900 already. “Some people want it out of their yard right away,” she says.
Nygaard adds that the generosity of locals has ensured the chapter’s longevity and success. The local chapter, since it was chartered in 1991, is on track to reach $750,000 given to local students. Last year the chapter gave more than $60,000 to local students ($24,400 to 24 graduating high school students and $42,000 to 25 returning college students.). Nygaard says the chapter should be able to provide at least that amount this year.
Kenneth Engberg, who is a charter board member and the man considered responsible for starting the local Dollars for Scholars, says people raised in this region have always grown up with a competitive spirit, and that spirit is evident in the contribution of people’s generosity of money and volunteer time for the local chapter. 
“People here understand it’s a privilege to give,” he says.
Engberg chuckles and reminisces about letting this or that farmer know what another farmer was giving to the chapter. 
“No one wants to be outdone,” he says. “It’s wonderful.”
Engberg still gets thank you letters from scholarship recipients. 
“It’s gratifying,” he says. “These kids work hard, and they’re entitled to scholarships.”
When Engberg founded the chapter, he made sure students would be eligible, whether they pursue four-year degrees, two-year degrees or a trade, and that returning college students could apply throughout their continuing education years. 
There are many scholarships for high school graduates, but it is during those continuing years of education that financial rewards can really help, Nygaard says.
“We see these students as a great investment and return on our money,” Nygaard says. “We’re seeing students spread their wings, get and education and work experience and then come back and raise their families here.”
Nygaard mentions family members of Haugland Action Auction, who volunteer as auctioneers at the fundraiser, as one example. 
“The Haugland kids received scholarships, and now they’re helping,” says Nygaard of Butch and Diane Haugland’s adult children: Drew, Grant, Amber and Paige. “They’re a key example of paying it back.”
Engberg loves that scholarship recipients are returning home, giving back and “keeping it local.” 
That philosophy was what appealed to him when he first found out about Dollars for Scholars. 
“I loved that we don’t send our money to Timbuktu,” he says. “It stays here.”
New board members, who include Tonia Eriksmoen, Becky Knudson and Patti Windfaldet, will be introduced at the auction. Outgoing board member Jim Simonson will be thanked for his service. Current board members include Mary Dhuyvetter, John Fosland, Grant Haugland, Shonna Heuer-Schroeder, Russell McKenna and Nygaard. Student board members include Kate Sabe, Kasha Bakewell, and Joren Oien. Alexa Kruger serves as the web master for the online application process, and Judy Harding is the school liaison. Harding also serves on the state board for Dollars for Scholars.
State scholarship winners will also be announced before the auction and include Robert Lorentz, Jarret Obenchain, Ashley McCoy, Lexi Unhjem and Haley Lund.
Individuals can send contributions to Divide County Area Dollars for Scholars/Becky Knudson, Box 56, Crosby, ND 58730.  The local chapter is still accepting new or antique items, as well as baked goods, for the auction. Items can be dropped off at JD Electric or at the Moose the afternoon of the auction.