Friday Features - June 29, 2018
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Golf outing raises more than $11,000 for scholarships
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts faculty recently raised more than $11,000 for music scholarships at the sixth annual Swinging for Scholarships golf outing and social held at the Platteville Golf and Country Club. The scholarships will be awarded to incoming and current students who are majoring or minoring in music.
More than 60 UW-Platteville alumni, faculty and staff as well as community members golfed in the event and 22 businesses, organizations and individuals sponsored a hole. Additionally, 27 businesses donated items for prizes and the silent auction.
The event has met and exceeded its goals each year, with more than $35,000 in scholarships being awarded since the first Swinging for Scholarships took place in 2013.
“Our 2018 Swinging for Scholarships golf outing was our most successful, even surpassing 2017,” said Dr. Barry Ellis, professor of music and director of bands at UW-Platteville and one of the organizers of the event. “Scholarships make college more affordable, and some of our music students would not be at UW-Platteville if it wasn’t for financial assistance. Helping these students attend UW-Platteville makes it all worth it.”
Ellis expressed his thanks to Randi Raisbeck, manager of event planning at UW-Platteville, and the UW-Platteville Foundation for their assistance in putting the fundraiser together. He also thanked his colleagues and co-organizers of the event, Allen Cordingley, professor of saxophone/jazz studies at UW-Platteville, and Monte Muller, a retired UW-Platteville alumnus who served as band director in the Wisconsin public school system for 36 years, for the time and effort they devoted to make the event so successful.
Next year’s Swinging for Scholarships golf outing and social will be held Friday, June 14 at the Platteville Golf and Country Club.