Showcase for Success

Record-making inaugural Creating Futures Celebration Gala and Normandale Performs showcase the college’s diversity and talent.

The first annual Creating Futures Celebration gala provided a tremendous platform to showcase Normandale. Nearly 370 people attended the event, which was held at Radisson Blu Mall of America on November 1. Supporters raised a record total of more than $161,000 for student programs and scholarships. Guests enjoyed live and silent auctions, an elegant dinner, and dancing to the 17-piece South Side Big Band.

Larry Jodsaas, a Normandale Foundation Board member and long-time friend of the college, was honored for his tireless efforts to promote and support Normandale.

Heartwarming stories and remarkable talents of Normandale students and faculty provided the evening’s other highlights. Recent alum Sandrine Akem and student Sara McAtee shared their touching stories with the crowd. The talented performers included students Zach Churchill, Tom Guyn, Sam Hultman, Paran Kashani, Sara McAtee, the Normandale Jazz Combo, the Normandale Guitar Ensemble, and Dean of Student Services Cappy Breuer.

On September 28, Normandale faculty, staff and students also displayed their talents at the inaugural Normandale Performs event at Mall of America’s Rotunda. The performers’ diverse talents stopped passersby in their tracks on all levels of the Rotunda. (See photos on page 5.) Normandale extends a sincere thank you to all of the students, faculty, staff, sponsors, donors and community members whose dedicated efforts made the Creating Futures Celebration and Normandale Performs huge first-year successes.

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Student Jazz Combo Normandale silent auction items on display Jodsaas Family
Dean of Student Services Cappy Breuer Sings Academy of Math & Science Program Directors Student Volunteer
Mrs. Bev Horak, President Emeritus Tom Horak, Marketing Director Geoff Jones and wife Chreese Guests Bidding on Auction Items Table of guests enjoying the festivities

(More gala and MOA photos here.)