2016 Learning Renaissance

6th Annual LEAF Learning Renaissance

The fund-a-need auction raised over $12,600 for mobile hot spots and over $13,000 for the academic fund.

 The 2016 Learning Renaissance fundraiser for the LEAF Academic Fund was held at Café Renaissance on Sunday, October 30.  Over 150 supporters of education had great food, fine wine and great conversation with others who support public education.

The focus of the evening was to raise funds in support of mobile hot spots that needy students at our junior high schools can check out so that they have internet connection for their homework.

Dr. Michael Hemesath, President of St. John’s University, gave a short speech on “The Importance of technology for educating today’s youth”.  Following Dr. Hemesath’s comments, Superintendent Willie Jett made welcoming comments and then introduced former Superintendent Bruce Watkins to conduct the live and fund-a-need auctions.   

All-in-all, it was a fun evening!  The fund-a-need auction raised over $12,600 for mobile hot spots and over $13,000 for the academic fund.  In addition, the live auction, sponsorships and guest tickets provided significant revenue to help build the LEAF Academic Fund.

There are many people to thank for a successful event.  Our sponsors and attendees; Dr. Hemesath, Wille Jett and Bruce Watkins; and, certainly our hosts Jim Rakhshani and his staff at the Café Renaissance in Waite Park!  Our sincere thanks to all who attended and/or contributed to the 6th Annual LEAF Learning Renaissance!   

Following are some pictures from the gala Learning Renaissance!

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