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On January 16, 2014 over 400 community and business leaders attended the 14th Annual Beat the Odds scholarship fundraising event at the Rochester International Event Center. Attendees were treated to an exquisite dinner that started with a social hour including opportunities to bid on silent auction gifts and buy raffle tickest to win Dom Perignon champagne or jewelry.

Six amazing students from the Rochester and surrounding areas were recognized with a $2,500 scholarship. These high school seniors struggled in difficult situations but stayed on track to graduate from high school with plans for college in the fall. In addition to the Beat the Odds scholarship winners, the Foundation awarded an additional three scholarships to other deserving students who were runners-up.  Many thanks to the nominators, event sponsors, and attendees on an amazing evening!

A Heartfelt THANK YOU to our 2014 Beat the Odds Sponsors
who are listed below and featured in the 2014 program.

Platinum Level
  • ABC 6 News
  • Post-Bulletin
  • Wells Fargo
Gold Level
  • Delta Dental
  • IBM
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Nigon Farms (Steve & Sharon Nigon)
  • Pepsi Cola Bottling Co
  • James & Priscilla Russell
  • Think Mutual Bank
  • Treasure Island Resort
Silver Level
  • Ads & Art
  • BPO Does
  • Canadian Honker
  • Davies Printing
  • Eastwood Bank
  • Flaherty & Hood
  • Minnesota Energy Resources
  • Olmsted Medical Center
  • People's Energy Cooperative
  • Prosthetic Laboratories
  • Smith Schafer & Associates
  • UCare
Bronze Level
  • AAUW
  • Alvin E. Benike, Inc.
  • Dr. Donald & Phyllis Layton
  • Merit Contracting, Inc.
  • Minnesota Grocers Association
  • Olmsted County
  • Pompeii Painting
  • Premier Banks
  • Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Sandberg Law Firm
  • Sterling State Bank
  • Stifel Nicolaus – Downtown Office
  • TKDA
  • Tbehr Services LLC
  • Al & Sharon Tuntland
  • U.S. Bank
  • Weis Builders, Inc.
  • Wendland Utz
  • Winona State University
Friends Level
  • Affinity Plus Credit Union
  • City of Rochester
  • Clue Consulting
  • Dalco Enterprises
  • Dunlap & Seeger, P.A.
  • F & M Community Bank
  • First Alliance Credit Union
  • Gauthier Industries
  • HGA
  • H.O.P.E. Ranch
  • Heartman Insurance
  • HiMec Mechanical
  • David and Ginger Holmes
  • Knutson Construction
  • Lund Tax & Accounting
  • Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union
  • McGhie & Betts
  • McGladrey LLP
  • Merchants Bank
  • MN Democratic Party
  • MN Republican Party
  • Bernard & Julie Nigon
  • Northern Valley Animal Clinic
  • Pro Image Promotions & Apparel
  • Reichel Foods
  • Rochester Public Schools
  • Don & Stephanie Supalla
  • Top Performance Sales
  • UHL Company, Inc.
  • University of MN Rochester
  • Whitecap Financial
  • Workforce Developoment, Inc.
Individual Tickets & Monetary Donations
  • Affiliated Group
  • Apollo Liquor
  • Bowman Tool & Machining Inc.
  • Lynn Clarey
  • Steven Colebeck
  • Custom Alarm
  • Joyce Gibbs
  • Dera Hanson
  • Paul Landry
  • Gary Leitzen
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • Robert's Speciality
  • Rochester Chamber of Commerce
  • Schumacher Elevator Co.
  • Senaca Foods
  • Transitions Therapy
Silent Auction Donors

Recognition and appreciation for contributors to our spectacular silent action! The following individuals and businesses donated goods and services featured in our beautiful gift baskets.

  • BB’s Pizzaria
  • Lisa Baldus
  • Beetle's Bar and Grill
  • Carlos O’Kelly’s
  • Steven Colebeck
  • Country Inn and Suites
  • Courtyard Marriott
  • Dooley's Pub
  • Doubletree by Hilton
  • Dunn Bros Coffee
  • Mike Fink
  • Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery
  • Glynner’s Pub
  • Hanny's
  • Marilyn Hansmann
  • Healing Touch
  • Hennepin Theatre Trust
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Holiday Inn Downtown
  • Hollywood/Cinemagic Theatres
  • Hunt's Drug & Gift
  • Jenpachi Japanese Steak House
  • Laskler Jewelers
  • Allison Matthews
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Kit Muellner
  • Opa! Opa!
  • Paragon Theaters
  • R’ah Hair Studio
  • RCTC Stadium
  • Roxy Roadway
  • Rochester Civic Theatre
  • Rochester Golf & Country Club
  • Rochester Harley Davidson
  • Rochester Lapidary Jewelrs
  • Rochester Tennis Connection
  • Dick Rosener
  • Greg Russell
  • Sam’s Club
  • Mark Severtson
  • Stam Chocolate Co.
  • Staples, Inc.
  • The Loop
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Walmart North
  • Whistle Binkies on the Lake
  • Wicked Moose
  • Willow Creek Golf Course
  • Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe

Contributions to Beat the Odds are made through monetary donations or by purchasing table sponsorships or tickets to the Beat the Odds event held in January. Individual tickets are priced at $100 and table sponsorship levels range from $400-$5,000.  We also welcome in-kind donations that can be raffled or auctioned at the event. If you are interested in supporting Beat the Odds, please contact the RCTC Foundation at (507) 281-7771 or download the Sponsorship Form and return it to the RCTC Foundation at 851 30th Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 55904.

 

Last Updated: October 3, 2014

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