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Community residents are invited to a gala event at Olympia Fields Country Club on March 7 as the Prairie State College Foundation hosts its annual fundraiser to help students meet the costs of a college education.

This year’s theme is “Vintage Vegas,” with cocktails and dinner followed by entertainment, featuring local musician Peter Oprisko, and classic casino games. Guests will find special items available through a silent auction.

“We are delighted to be hosting another special event to help the deserving students of Prairie State College,” said Foundation Executive Director Deborah Havighorst. “Last year, the event raised $30,000 for student scholarships, and we hope to meet or even exceed those numbers this year.”

In addition to supporting students through scholarships, the foundation also supports student activities by granting special funding requests. Among the most recent was a research project at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, conducted by PSC students under the leadership of Physical Science/Earth Science and Geology Professor Lee Anne Burrough. 

When the students recently presented their findings to the PSC Foundation Board of Directors it had a profound effect on the directors. 

“The Indiana Dunes are right in our backyard, and these students’ findings have taught me so much about what a typical visitor to the dunes can do to prevent further damage to this national park,” said Foundation President Tim Woloszyn of MB Financial Bank. “The Foundation is proud to be able to offer our students the opportunity to do meaningful research.”

Reservations for the March 7 fundraiser are being accepted by the PSC Foundation at (708) 709-3631.

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