Thank you Presidents Club members!
Celebrating Made in Minnesota
University of Minnesota Presidents Club members celebrated all things Made in Minnesota at the 2014 Holiday Party. Guests enjoyed a fresh take on vintage Minnesota as they toasted Gopher greats and saluted northern know-how. Enjoy the photo recap of the festive event and videos of the program. Best wishes for 2015!
Presidents Club 2014 Holiday Party photo slideshow
- Candles, pinecones, and tree branches provided the space with the elegantly rustic feel of a Minnesota cabin.
- Handmade wooden canoes floated nearby, reminding guests of warmer months spent taking part in this traditional Minnesota pastime.
- Before the program began, guests like Eldon and Addie Tessman caught up with friends over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
- Daddy Squeeze provided a celebratory atmosphere by playing live polka music for the guests.
- Hors d’oeuvres included gourmet takes on classic Minnesota fare.
- Bartenders were ready to mix specialty cocktails like the “Uff-Da Tini” and “The Ol’ Bait and Switch.”
- The Tom Swain Room was transformed into the “Gopherview Lodge,” where guests like Don and Rosemary Gruber mingled and enjoyed Minnesota-made treats.
- Staying true to the Made in Minnesota theme, the Gopherview Lodge offered Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls, Angie’s Kettle Corn, Old Dutch Potato Chips, and Wiley Wallaby Australian Style Licorice, all of which originated in this great state.
- Hart Rosenblatt and U of M Regent Dave McMillan caught up amid fishing bobbers and illuminated lures.
- U of M Foundation Trustees Nancy and John Lindahl smiled for the camera before the evening’s dinner began.
- The classic tater tot hot dish was upgraded with beef tenderloin medallions, tomatoes, olives, and blue cheese.
- Dinner provided a wonderful time of reflecting with friends on what was a great year for the University of Minnesota.
- As the lights dimmed, the crowd quieted and prepared for the evening’s program.
- Student-led dance group MinnesoTap started things off with a tap routine to a gospel version of the Minnesota Rouser.
- Kathy Schmidlkofer, President and CEO of the U of M Foundation, opened the program with a warm welcome to all Presidents Club members and University representatives.
- Recent U of M Crookston graduate Alexmai Addo shared her story of growing up in a refugee camp in Ghana to eventually becoming UMC’s first ever female African American student body president, crediting scholarship support with helping her on her journey.
- The cast of Working from U of M School of Theater and Dance performed the finale from the show, “Something to Point To,” conveying the message that we all play important roles in building the future and leaving a legacy to those who follow.
- Austin Hermann, 2014 Twin Cities’ campus graduate, reflected on his gratitude: “Being here on this campus and in this room tonight gives me hope, and that hope stems from this: each of you is here tonight because you took action to improve our world.”
- Patty Taylor (pictured with husband Jeff) shared both in-person and through video how her life was saved by medical innovation at the U of M.
- The “Hot Dish Ladies” had prepared their own introduction for President Eric Kaler, in which they sang of his many accomplishments as well as those of other U of M alumni.
- Always a good sport, President Eric Kaler joined the ladies for a group photo before beginning his own remarks.
- President Eric Kaler thanked Presidents Club members for their commitment to the University and shared how the future is being made in Minnesota.
- As a continued celebration of Minnesota, the University Singers sang “The North Star Hit Parade,” a medley of popular songs with Minnesota ties.
- During “The North Star Hit Parade,” guests enjoyed a musical trip down Minnesota’s memory lane.
- The Pep Band brought the program to a celebratory close as they played the Minnesota Rouser for the audience.
- Goldy exuberantly led the group in the Rouser, with its fitting ending: “Yay Gophers!”
- Karen Kaler (center) smiled for the camera with Elizabeth Patty (left) and Ruth Bachman (right).
- After the program, President Kaler had a chance to catch up with UMF Life Trustee Tom Swain.
- Guests enjoyed traditional outdoor desserts like s’mores, but were offered indulgent marshmallow flavors like vanilla bean and peppermint.
- The dance floor quickly became filled with Presidents Club members like Keith and Deloris Fligge, as they celebrated a great year of exceptional generosity to the University.
- Stan and Luella Goldberg also enjoyed dancing to the George Maurer Band.
- As guests Kathryn Moen and David Hansen illustrate, a great time was had by all.
- Goldy took a spin with Karen Kaler, while the Hot Dish Ladies danced to their own beat.
- Even the floor exuded gratitude as guests left for the evening, having celebrated a record year of fundraising at the University of Minnesota.
- The McNamara Alumni Center was draped in festive plaid for the “Made in Minnesota” themed 2014 Presidents Club Holiday Party on Dec. 10. Click the arrow on the right side of the photo to advance the slideshow, or click the buttons below.