On January 15, 2015 community and business leaders attended the 15th 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 tickets.

Four 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 additional 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 2015 Beat the Odds Sponsors
who are listed below and featured in the 2015 program.

Platinum Level
  • ABC 6 News
  • Post-Bulletin
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Wells Fargo
Gold Level
  • Pepsi Cola Bottling Co
  • James & Priscilla Russell
  • Think Mutual Bank
Silver Level
  • Ads & Art
  • Davies Printing
  • Flaherty & Hood
  • Minnesota Energy Resources
  • Olmsted Medical Center
  • Smith Schafer & Associates
Bronze Level
  • AAUW
  • BPO Does
  • Clue Consulting
  • Dunlap & Seeger, P.A.
  • Minnesota Grocers Association
  • Premier Banks
  • Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Sandberg Law Firm
  • Todd & Heidi Severson
  • Sterling State Bank
  • Stifel Nicolaus – Downtown Office
  • Tbehr Services LLC
  • U.S. Bank
  • Winona State University
Friends Level
  • Affinity Plus Credit Union
  • City of Rochester
  • H.O.P.E. Ranch
  • Knutson Construction
  • Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union
  • McGhie & Betts
  • Rochester Public Schools
  • Don & Stephanie Supalla
  • TKDA
  • Top Performance Sales
  • Workforce Developoment, Inc.
Individual Tickets & Monetary Donations
  • Janet Baggenstoss
  • Norman & Ruth Eickhoff
  • R & A Pumpkins (Nigon Farms)
  • Rochester Sand & Gravel
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.

  • Apollo Liquor
  • BB’s Pizzaria
  • Lynn Clarey
  • Country Inn and Suites
  • Cowboy Jack's
  • Doubletree by Hilton
  • Clarice Earles
  • Char Ellefson
  • Glynner’s Pub
  • Goonies Comedy Club
  • Marilyn Hansmann
  • Half Barrell Bar & Kitchen
  • Healing Touch
  • Hollywood/Cinemagic Theatres
  • Hunt's Drug & Gifts
  • Jean Johnson
  • Lasker Jewelers
  • Don Layton
  • Dezz Lewis
  • Massage Envy
  • Moka Coffeehouse
  • Northgate Fitness
  • Donna Pairolero
  • Pedal Pub Rochester
  • RCTC Sports Facilities
  • Roxy Roadway
  • Tara Roadway
  • Rochester Athletic Club
  • Rochester Golf & Country Club
  • Rochester Lapidary Jewelers
  • Rochester Tennis Connection
  • Greg Russell
  • Sam’s Club
  • Todd Severson
  • Deb Shandley
  • Somerby Golf Club
  • Molly Sweeney
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • The Loop
  • Wicked Moose
  • Willow Creek Golf Course

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 $600-$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.


Contact Information
(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave SE :: Rochester, MN 55904-4999
Celebrating 100 years!    1915-2015    www.rctc.edu/100th
Rochester Community and Technical College, a member of Minnesota State.
RCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.
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