Royal Scholarship Dinner a success for 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

MARCUS - The Royal Scholarship Dinner took place on Saturday, January 19, 2019, to help raise money for student scholarships and teacher grants.

The dinner is organized by the RU Foundation, MMC Foundation, and Royal Scholarship Fund Committees.

According to MMC Foundation member Geri Lynn Schroeder, “The Annual Royal Scholarship Dinner was a HUGE success thanks to all of you. Each year we continue to be amazed by the donations we receive for the auction, the awesome monetary donations, the generous bidders and the continued interest by community individuals and families.”

The speaker for the evening was Retired Lieutenant Colonel Brian Egger, Meriden-Cleghorn graduate of 1983. His message included themes of “Integrity First”, “Always having a Wing Man”, and “Taking A Risk”.

Appetizers were provided by the Remsen-Union Foundation and Heartland Seafood (John Hansen). The Plymouth County Pork Producers donated the pork for the meal and it was smoked by Pete Staab of the Remsen Locker. Milk for the evening was donated by the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance (Scott Schroeder facilitated this). Top-notch chefs Shirley Schroeder and Eva Henderson rounded out the meal with their side dishes and the MMC Kitchen staff prepared the dinner rolls and lent out the use of the kitchen.

The foundations and committees would like to say a special thank you to the seniors and their parents who assisted with set up, meal preparation/serving and clean up. Also a special thank you to Les Pedersen and Sarah (Henderson) Brady for all their assistance throughout the meal preparation through clean up.

The live auction went quite smoothly thanks to auctioneer Colt Berger, a Marcus High School graduate of 1988. There were many auction item donations for both the silent and live auction. Schroeder stated, “Whether individuals, families or businesses donated, it was all greatly appreciated. A special thank you to Don Drefke who has been instrumental in facilitating donations from the Marcus Class of 1964 for the past several years. This class has contributed over $5,500. What a great way to honor your alma mater.”

Winners of the Cash is King Raffle were Jeff Cluck- $500, Matt Dreckman- $150, Jack Letsche- $100, and Mark Schroeder- $50.

Much preparation goes into this annual event and those behind the scenes including the Foundation Committee Members did a great job.

The proceeds from the Royal Scholarship Dinner will be used to assist seniors with scholarships toward continuing college education and to assist teachers of the MMCRU School Districts with teacher grants. The preliminary totals raised are around $21,000.

Schroeder stated, “We are also grateful for the generosity of all the families that donate to the Foundation and establish a scholarship in memory of a family member whom they have lost or a family member they wish to honor. New scholarships for 2018 included the Darrel & Cloette Schroeder Memorial, a memorial in honor of Christa Schmadke Heitter established by her MMC Class of 1998 and The Encouragement Award set up in honor of long time MMC School Staff Elsie Slagter. The Ruth Witter Female Student Athlete Scholarship and the Charles Rosburg Male Student Athlete Scholarship were facilitated for years by the late Roger Nelson, and we were thankful that the Royals Player Association took over funding those. We continue to be humbled by our communities’ generosity.”

If anyone would still like to make a donation, it can be sent to Royal Scholarship Dinner, PO Box 412, Marcus, IA 51035 or droped off at one of the school offices. If you would like to start a scholarship in honor of a loved one, your family or your business, please contact the high school guidance counselor.