FDLTCC 'Food for Thought' fundraiser remains mostly virtual

The annual scholarship fundraiser will once again feature a Wall of Wine, but other events, including a raffle and a drawing for Minnesota Wild tickets, will be virtual.

2019 Food for Thought Wall of Wine
A couple decide which bottle of wine they want to purchase from the Wall of Wine during Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College's annual Food for Thought scholarship fundraiser on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. The Wall of Wine will happen this year at Cold One Liquor, while the rest of the event will be virtual.
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CLOQUET — Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College's annual scholarship fundraiser event will remain mostly virtual for a second straight year.

Rising COVID-19 case numbers kept the FDLTCC Foundation Board from opting to host the annual "Food for Thought" event in person, said FDLTCC President Stephanie Hammitt.

The foundation board considered alternatives, such as pushing the event off until spring when it could be held outside, but Hammitt said they didn't want to host it too close to the annual croquet tournament.

"We have probably 300-350 people who come and crowd the amphitheater area (for Food for Thought). This was a way we hope will keep people safe," she said.

The event will once again feature a Wall of Wine sponsored by Cold One Liquor. Starting Friday, Jan. 14, people can donate $20 and receive a bottle from the wall, plus a gift card to a local business. Gift cards start at $10. Wine will be available Jan. 14-15, or until 100 bottles are sold.


There will also be a raffle, with tickets available for purchase until the drawing on March 1. Prizes include a $1,000 travel voucher, a big-screen TV, a fire pit ring, artwork by Karen Savage Blue, a blanket from Heart Berry and a B&B Market meat package certificate and $50 gift card. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Wall of Wine event, in the FDLTCC Business Office or from any foundation board member.

Also on March 1, officials will select a winner from the Minnesota Wild Ticket Board. For $10, people can purchase a spot on the board for their chance to win two tickets to see the Wild take on the Boston Bruins at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on March 16. Spots on the ticket board can be purchased at the Wall of Wine event or at the FDLTCC Business Office. Spots are limited to 100 people.

All proceeds from the fundraiser go toward student scholarships at the college, Hammitt said.

"Many of our students are financial aid-eligible … and so any little bit helps them with their education," she said.

Officials hope to hold the 2023 event in person, Hammitt added.

For more information and updated visit the FDLTCC website or Facebook page .

Jen Zettel-Vandenhouten is the regional editor for Duluth Media Group, overseeing the Cloquet Pine Journal and the Superior Telegram.
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