Ladies' Night Out raises nearly $30,000 for scholarships

The SFM Foundation's Ladies' Night Out fundraiser on Friday, November 4, brought in more than $28,000 for scholarships, nearly a 22 percent increase from last year's event.

"We are thrilled that the event continues to raise more funds each year," said event organizer Marcy Plitzkow. "It's money from events like this that helps make college affordable for worthy students who have been through serious hardships."

The SFM Foundation provides scholarships to students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents while working for Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa employers. Since its inception in 2008, the Foundation has committed a total of $1.1 million toward scholarships benefiting 115 students.

When 2014 scholarship recipient Aleashia Rathcke spoke at this year's Ladies' Night Out there wasn't a dry eye in the house as she recalled the story of how she lost her father in a workplace accident and thanked SFM Foundation for what a difference the scholarship has made for her and her family. Rathcke is currently a student at North Dakota State University.

"Thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored and donated to the event for your generosity," Plitzkow said. "You help make college possible for students like Aleashia who may not otherwise have been able to attend."

Published November 17, 2016.