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Foundation event supports area businesses while netting $30,000

Anoka Technical College Foundation recently held their annual fundraising event, netting more than $30,000 for student scholarships, program equipment and other areas of need at the college.

This year’s event, titled “Building Leadership: The Key to Sustained Business Success,” was held at the Event Center at Bunker Hills and raised funds while addressing time-sensitive human resource issues facing area businesses.

The 150 guests in attendance enjoyed a meet-and-greet, live jazz band, door prizes, a three-course dinner, and the opportunity to converse with current students and faculty to hear about the positive impact these events and scholarships have on the students’ lives, the college and subsequently the community.

The Building Leadership panel discussion focused on preparing businesses for hiring after baby-boomer retirements, keeping companies united and goal-focused and developing leadership within their workforce. The audience had the opportunity to submit questions to moderator Bruce Sayler for the panelists which included: John Palen, CEO of Allied Executives; Dr. Maureen Steinwall, President and Owner of Steinwall, Inc.; Nancy Stevens, Interim Organization Development and Learning Leader for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota; Tracy Trembley, Senior IT Director at Valspar; and Adam Welter, CNC Technology student and President of the Anoka Tech Student Senate.

A heartfelt speech from Construction Electrician student Adam Unumb was a highlight. The gratitude he expressed to his program, his college and the companies who made his education possible resonated with the audience.

“Adam exemplifies what each student feels as a scholarship recipient, as a crisis grant recipient, and as a person, knowing that a burden has been lifted off their shoulders,” noted fellow-student and event volunteer, Stephanie Saggerson.

“Adam’s testimony was the highlight of the evening,” said Anoka Tech Interim Vice President, Heidi Haagenson. “Students such as him are why I look forward to coming to work every day.”

The foundation thanks the following sponsors for their generous support for this event and for their role in making Adam’s story possible: Allina Health, Federal Premium, Connexus Energy, Cretex Companies, Luther Auto Group, Mate Precision Tooling, Tolerance Masters, Wilson Tool, Accelerated Innovations, The Bank of Elk River, DLR Architectural Group, Lancer Catering, Mary T. Inc., Meier Tool, Northeast Bank, Anoka Technical College, Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Professional & Workforce Training.


Gravett at Building Leadership event

Peter Gravett (at podium), Anoka Technical College Foundation Development Director, welcomed 150 guests to the foundation’s annual fundraising event, which raised more than $30,000 for student scholarships, program equipment and other areas of need at the college.


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