Hamline News

March 15, 2010

April 14 Scholarship Fund Concert & Silent Auction will help send future generations to college

Hamline University and Hancock Elementary School invite the public to the 2nd Annual Scholarship Fund Benefit Concert and Silent Auction.

The event will take place at O’Gara’s Garage, located at 164 Snelling Ave in Saint Paul, on Wednesday, April 14 from 4-9 p.m. It is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5 per person; proceeds go to support the scholarship fund for Hancock students, to help them make college a reality.

Attendees will enjoy performances from an eclectic group of bands, including Daniel Rumsey (a teacher at Hancock), Ibaba (a band of Hamline professors, staff, and students), Before (a band of Hamline professors) and Sugar Buzz (a band from the Hamline-Midway neighborhood). They will also be invited to bid on a variety of silent auction items.

“This benefit is particularly exciting, because we are within reach of attaining our goal of $20,000, and we anticipate this event will put us over the top!” said Megan Anderson, coordinator of the Hamline-Hancock Collaboration.

“Once we reach that goal, we can begin offering scholarships to Hancock students who chose to attend Hamline in the future," she said. "Our mantra is ‘College Begins in Kindergarten.’ We know that eighty-nine percent of the fourth, fifth and sixth graders at Hancock do want to attend college, and we want to help them make that goal achievable.”

Silent auction items are still sought. Thus far, they include:
* a night stay at the Saint Paul Embassy Suites
* a photography package from Tom Conlon Photography
* a 30-minute legal consultation with Twin City Attorneys, PA
* a Sunshine Market game from Discovery Toys
* three loaves of homemade oatmeal wheat bread
* a sweater from Borealis Yarns
* three $20 Old Spaghetti Factory gift certificates
* a handmade quilt, a deep tissue massage from Carolyn Rush
* a print autographed by Joe Nathan of the Minnesota Twins
* a CD of children’s stories from India performed by Zaraawar Mistry of Dreamland Arts
* one set of tickets to any event at Dreamland Arts
* one set of  tickets to a performance at the Guthrie Theater.

Those interested in donating auction items may contact Megan Anderson at manderson43@hamline.edu or 651-523-2836.

History of the Hamline-Hancock CollaborationPartners for the past 20+ years, Hamline University and the Hancock/Hamline University Collaborative Magnet School established one of the first collaborative partnerships between a university and an elementary school in the nation.

This collaboration includes academic support, social mentoring, curriculum enrichment and one-to-one tutoring for both math and reading literacy that has resulted in significant achievement gains for the elementary school students. More than twenty percent of Hamline undergraduate students are involved in the collaboration during their time at Hamline.