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Evening of Dreams: Grand Prix de Monaco '14

WHEN: Thursday September 25, 2014 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton

Nearly 325 guests enjoyed a night of Grand Prix, electronic auto racing with the chance to win great prizes during our Evening of Dreams scholarship fundraiser.  Attendees wagered on races with drivers from local sponsors.  They used their “Heartland Bucks” to bet on races displayed on large screens. Guests had the opportunity to convert their winnings into raffle tickets for prizes including an overnight stay and dinner at the Jumer’s Casino in Rock Island and tickets and a party suite for the CornBelters baseball team.

Throughout the night, guests enjoyed  buffet-style heavy appetizers and a chance to contribute to a scholarship during a gift card frenzy in which anyone donating $50 had a chance to also receive a gift card of up to $75. Live auction prizes included air fare and park hopper passes to Disney World in Orlando, sports memorabilia, a hog roast for up to 40 and a catered party for 25 to Oogie’s Food Truck.  The live auction raised more than $3,600 and a total of $32,000 was raised toward scholarships for Heartland Community College students.

Congratulations to our live auction winners:

Orlando Adventure- JT Bedell

Chicago Bears Legends- Jill Blair

Oogie’s Mexican Fiesta- Vicki Smith

Dream Raffle Winner

Congratulations also to Patty Martin of Downers Grove who was selected as the winner of the Dream Vacation Drawing arranged by Suzi Davis Travel.  Raffle tickets were available for purchase before the event and throughout the evening for $25.  Patty shared a few pictures from her amazing vacation at the Iberostar all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen.

In addition, guests had the opportunity to check out the silent auction table full of great items throughout the night and place bids on 42 auction baskets.   The packages included unique entertainment experiences, family fun day kits, cookware, sports memorabilia and more. 

"What a great evening! This event was a fun, supercharged yet unique way to support a very worthy cause!" ~ attendee Gay Hasselbring-Shoot.

During the evening’s festivities, a $1,000 scholarship was created with donations from the gift card frenzy.  Foundation Board member, Kris Andrews, donated money to name the newly-created scholarship for her granddaughter Giselle Bodman.

"I really enjoy attending the Evening of Dreams event because it is a great way to give back to the college in an exciting environment. Being able to network and connect with some of the students that receive scholarships, as well as other donors is really impactful."~Alumni Board President Chris Pettit.