Black Hawk College Alumni Raise over $68,000 for Ag Programs at the East Campus


Black Hawk Community College alumi, family and friends raised over $68,000 for Agriculture programs at the East Campus over Aggie Weekend. The Agri-Business Club Alumni (ABCA) hosted Aggie Weekend from July 28 to July 30, 2023. The goal was to raise $50,000 and $39,344 was raised in monetary sponsorships prior to the fundraiser.

“The ABCA board would like to thank all of our sponsors, alumni and the Black Hawk East family for helping us achieve our goals and make Aggie Weekend a HUGE success!” said Brandon Hall, ABCA board chair. More than 190 donors and sponsors contributed to the success of the weekend.

The weekend started on Friday at the Colony Inn in Bishop Hill with the In-Laws and outlaws Band and the Henn House BBQ Food Truck. There was a silent auction and a live auction by State Representative Dan Swanswon. Friday night events raised $3,990. A fundraising banquet was held at the Midland Golf Club on Saturday with a silent auction and live auction. Saturday events raised $15,826.50. Gold Star FS was recognized as the Friends of the Alumni and State Rep. Dan Swanson (Class of 1984) was honored as the Outstanding Alumni. Twenty-three reams played at a golf outing on Sunday. Sunday events raised $8,939.50.

The banquet also included:

Honoring the anniversary classes of 2018, 2008, 1998, 1988 and 1978.
Presenting nine ABCA Scholarship Awards totaling $5,500 to:
Jonwyn Ayres – Agri-Business Club Alumni Freshman Spirit Award
Andrew DeSplinter – ABCA Skilled Trades Scholarship
Emily Jessen – ABCA Equine Scholarship
Klara Leach – ABCA Ag Transfer Scholarship
Kassie Maas – Agri-Business Club Alumni Legacy Scholarship
Gabrielle Olson – Agri-Business Club Alumni Incoming Freshman Scholarship
Jazmine Ralston – ABCA Vet Tech Scholarship
James Tibbits – ABCA Ag Business/Production Scholarship
Carli Wright – ABCA Future Alumnus Award

Pictured alone – Carli Wright, ABCA Future Alumnus Award recipient
Pictured from left to right – Dr. Jeremy Thomas, BHC president, 2023 Outstanding Alumni State Rep. Dan Swanson and Brandon Hall, ABCA board chair

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