On January 12, 2017 community and business leaders attended the 17th AnnualĀ Beat the Odds Scholarship Celebration at the Rochester International Event Center. Attendees were treated to an exquisite dinner that started with a social hour and an opportunity to bid on silent auction gifts.

Five amazing students from the Rochester and surrounding areas were recognized with a $2,500 scholarship to attend Rochester Community and Technical College in the Fall. These high school seniors and first-year RCTC students faced challenges and obstacles yet achieved personal and academic success. 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 2017 Beat the Odds Sponsors
who are listed below and featured in the 2017 program.

Platinum Sponsors
  • ABC 6 News Assignment Education
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Wells Fargo
Silver Sponsors
  • ABC 6 News
  • American Association of University Women
  • Dunlap & Seegar, P.A.
  • Kraus-Anderson Construction
  • Minnesota Energy Resources
  • Olmsted Medical Center
  • People's Energy Cooperative
  • Premier Bank of Rochester
  • Rochester Community and Technical College
  • RSM US, LLC
  • Sandberg Law Firm
  • Smith Schafer & Associates
  • TLS Companies, Inc.
  • U.S. Bank
  • UCare
  • West Bank
Bronze Sponsors
  • CRW Architecture and Design Group
  • Custom Alarm
  • Davies Printing Company with Ads & Art
  • Destination Medical Center - Economic Development Agency
  • F & M Community Bank
  • Gauthier Industries, Inc.
  • H.O.P.E. Ranch
  • HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Hill Family
  • Ginger and David Holmes
  • Home Federal
  • Knuston Construction
  • Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union
  • Merchants Bank
  • Jacob and Maria Petersen
  • Pine Island Bank
  • R & A Pumpkins (Nigon Farms)
  • Reichel Foods
  • Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Rochester Sand & Gravel
  • Sterling State Bank
  • Stifel
  • Don Supalla
  • The Affiliated Group
  • University of Minnesota, Rochester
  • WSB & Associates
  • Winona State University
Honorary Co-Chairs
  • Representative Tina Liebling
  • Senator David Senjen
 
Advocates (Monetary Donors)
  • Norman and Ruth Eickhoff
  • The Graphic Edge
  • Hiller Commercial Floors
  • Dave and Judy Harris
  • Kismet
  • Lund Tax and Accounting
  • Tom Ostrom
  • Dr. Franklin Sim
Silent Auction Donors

The RCTC Foundation would like to recognize and thank the following individuals and businesses who generously donated good and services featured in our spectacular silent action at the event!

  • Andy's Liquor
  • Anonymous
  • Apollo Liquor
  • Applebee's
  • B & B Pizzaria
  • Baker's Square
  • Bowlocity Entertainment Center
  • Ginny and Kirk Boyum
  • Broadway Bar and Pizza
  • Brother's Bar & Grill
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Cannon River Winery
  • Carlos O'Kelly's
  • Carousel Flowers
  • Chocolate Shoppe
  • Lynn Clarey
  • Colonial Lanes
  • Color Me Mine
  • Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Country Inn and Suites
  • Cowboy Jack's Eatery
  • Crooked Pine Ale House
  • Denny's South
  • Diamond Jo Casino
  • Dooley's Pub
  • Dun Bros Coffee
  • Fair Field Inn & Suites
  • Fat Willy's
  • Fiesta Cafe & Bar
  • Forager Brewery
  • Four Daughter's Vineyard & Winery
  • Glynner's Pub
  • Godfather's Pizza
  • Great Harvest Bread Company
  • Ground Round
  • Half Barrell Bar & Kitchen
  • Hampton Inn by Hilton Rochester
  • Harley Davidson
  • Healing Touch
  • Hight & Randall Jewelers
  • Rebecca Hill
  • Holiday Inn Downtown
  • Ginger Holmes
  • Hunt Silver Lake Drug & Gift
  • Julie Johnston Art
  • Kismet
  • Lasker Jewelers
  • Massage Envy
  • Minnesota Children's Museum
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Moka Coffee
  • Mr. Pizza North
  • National Eagle Center
  • Newt's
  • Nowhere Special
  • Olive Garden
  • Opa! Opa!
  • Osaka Japanese Steak House
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panera Bread
  • Perkins
  • Pizza Ranch
  • RCTC Auto Mechanic Program
  • RCTC Bookstore
  • RCTC Facilities
  • RCTC President's Office
  • Red Lobster
  • Roxy Roadway
  • Tara Roadway
  • Rochester Athletic Club
  • Rochester Civic Theatre
  • Rochester Golf and Country Club
  • Rochester Tennis Connection
  • SCHEELS
  • Serenity Couture Salon and Spa
  • Todd & Heidi Severson
  • Silver Lake Foods & Liquor
  • Silver Studio Jewelry Artists (Rick & Maryann Frietsche)
  • Simple Soaps for Simple Folks
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • The Bear's Den
  • Tinn's Philly Steak Restaurant
  • Trader Joe's
  • Treasure Island Resort and Casino
  • Victoria's Ristorante
  • Walmart North
  • Villa Bellezza
  • Deb Ward
  • Whitewater Wines
  • Wild Bill's Sports Saloon
  • Willow Creek Golf Course
  • Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe

 

Want to Help?

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 $500-$5,000.  We also welcome in-kind gifts 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.

 

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