Third Annual Women's Holiday Social Planned for Tues., Dec. 1, 2009, in Bede Ballroom at the U of M, Crookston; Proceeds from Auctions and Raffle Benefit Student Scholarships

Women's Social 2008.jpgThe holiday season is a time for tradition, and once again, it is time for a University of Minnesota, Crookston tradition, the 3rd Annual Women's Holiday Social. The social, which raises money for student scholarships, takes place in the Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, on Tuesday, December 1, 2009. Holiday gift baskets can be viewed beginning at 3 p.m. with bidding and drawings from 4-7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and participate in the live and silent auctions, vie for some unique raffle items, and enjoy holiday refreshments.

"We raised over $2,600 for women's scholarships last year so we added a few venues for additional bidding due to popularity," said Jeannine Windels, social co-chair. A spa treatment and dessert of the month are a few items set to be raffled off along with a live auction including a gourmet dinner for four beginning at 6:30 p.m.  

"We have a great committee and many University and Community women are contributing their time, talents and energy to raise more dollars for women's scholarships at the U of M, Crookston," Windels said.  There are several themed baskets, along with jewelry, refreshments, holiday arrangements and great gift ideas highlighting this year's event.

In the past the primary audience for the social has been women within the Crookston community; however, last year the committee saw more men in attendance and bidding on items for their wives, friends, and co-workers.  "This is a great event, we are raising money for scholarships at the U of M, Crookston and we are welcoming all to this year's social so stop out, bid, and donate to UMC scholarships", said Michelle Christopherson social co-chair.

All proceeds from the silent auction, raffle, and live auction go to the Women's Project Fund to support awareness and the recognition of scholarly work and service throughout the University of Minnesota, Crookston. This year's social is being organized by Jeannine Windels, Diane Bachmeier, Ardith Pelton, Judy Neppel, Barbara Muesing, Sherry Just, Emily Knutson and Michelle Christopherson.

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Contact: Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-8679 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (