Rochester College Partnership Dinner May 1, 2011

Partnership Dinner is an annual event that generates funding for student scholarships. The dinner normally is held during the spring at the Royal Park Hotel in downtown Rochester. A special reception for sponsors and the featured speaker is held in conjunction with the dinner.

The 40th annual Partnership Dinner will be held at the Royal Park Hotel in downtown Rochester on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at 2 p.m. Don Meyer, head coach of the men’s basketball program at Northern State University in South Dakota, and the men’s basketball coach with the most wins in NCAA history, will present the keynote address. At the 2009 ESPY Awards, Meyer was presented with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, which is given to a member of the sporting world who has shown special courage in dealing with life challenges. Meyer overcame a leg amputation following a 2008 car crash and a subsequent battle with cancer.

Meyer previously served as head coach at Lipscomb University, where he mentored Rochester College’s Garth Pleasant, who is retiring as RC’s head basketball coach this year. Pleasant will be honored at Partnership Dinner for 38 successful seasons, more than 700 career wins, and four national championships.

Tickets for the annual Partnership Dinner are available at the following prices: $125 for adults, $100 for alumni, and $75 for students. Sponsorships also are available at various levels. Tickets or sponsorships may be purchased by contacting Cathy Ries at 248.218.2021 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              248.218.2021      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or To purchase tickets or sponsorships online, click the “donate now” button above. Be sure to specify the number of tickets or sponsorship level in the comments section of the form.

The 39th annual Partnership Dinner in 2010 featured national radio and TV talk-show host Michael Medved. Recent keynote speakers for the annual event have included such individuals Barbara Bush, Colin Powell, Elizabeth Dole, John Major, Sam Donaldson, Mary Lou Retton, Art Linkletter, John Glenn, Robin Roberts, and Dave Ramsey.

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