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Roast With A Reason

Barbecue Raises $7,500 for Scholarship Fund

The notion of an indoor barbecue might seem unusual, but due to unfavorable weather conditions, last Thursday's Dining Services Scholarship Barbeque was held in Myers Field House instead of the Minnesota State Mall.

2008-04-30
by Tim Zick, Reporter staff writer [Minnesota State University, Mankato Reporter 4/29/08]


The notion of an indoor barbecue might seem unusual, but due to unfavorable weather conditions, last Thursday's Dining Services Scholarship Barbecue was held in Myers Field House instead of the Minnesota State Mall.

The barbecue was planned and managed by the students in professor Jon Lim's sports event management class.

"It was held by students, for students, and that's why I think people really appreciated this event," Lim said.

Despite the change in location, the barbecue still managed to draw more than 1,000 people and was deemed a success by Lim and his class. More than 800 tickets were sold. Combined with donations, an estimated $7,500 was raised for the general scholarship fund.

"I think it's a real great success considering it's in the field house," student Steve Bruhn said.

For those who attended, there were several activities to watch or partake.

University Dining Services provided brats, hamburgers and chips for those who bought tickets. By purchasing a ticket, people were also eligible for door prizes that were drawn every 15 minutes. Prizes included suites at AmericInn and coupons for local restaurants.

Regardless if attendees purchased a ticket or not, they still received free beverages courtesy of Pepsi and free sweatshirts donated by TCF Bank.

DJ D.Mil came from the Twin Cities to provide the music as well as help host the mini-events that took place, including a hot wing eating contest.

Games included a beanbag toss, Polish golf, badminton and a putting course. The dunk tank, located just outside the field house, drew large crowds throughout the barbecue.

MSU Athletic Director Kevin Buisman sat in the dunk tank for nearly half an hour. He took several swims during that time.

"It's just a good cause that's beneficial to students," Buisman said.

When asked why she agreed to participate, dunk tank victim Amy Bigaouette said, "I'm always in support of fundraising."

At noon, a ceremony was held to honor Minnesota Veterans.

"They thought it was a great event," Lim said of his students.

The scholarship money raised will be saved and distributed next spring. Any MSU student will be eligible for these scholarships. Meanwhile, Lim said he plans to hold a barbecue during next year's homecoming week, one in the winter and one in the spring. He wants the three barbecues to be held each year and hopes to raise $30,000 in scholarship money.

By holding the barbecue and raising scholarship money, Lim's students are learning hands-on skills.

"As a faculty member, it is one way for me to bring real world experience to campus. Students can apply what they learn in class to a real world setting," Lim said.

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