The campaigns and strategies class at Minot State University is planning a fundraiser dance party next week to benefit Roosevelt Park Zoo.
The "Beaver Town Getdown: Rumble in the Jungle" will be held from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Vegas Hotel and will cost $10 at the door. The event will have a jungle theme. A contest will be held for the best jungle-themed costume and the winner will get a Nook donated by the Minot State University broadcasting department.
Council suggested that people might want to come dressed in leopard-print or dress as Tarzan and Jane or as jungle animals. It will give people a chance to be creative.
Minot State University’s campaigns and strategies class is holding a benefit for the Roosevelt Park Zoo, pictured here, on
The Roosevelt Park Zoo is closed to visitors, but the gift shop is open during regular business hours.
East Coast Productions has donated disc jockey services and drinks will be served to those 21 and older. The party is open to the public as well as to Minot State University students and is open to those 18 and older. Council said student volunteers will be checking IDs to make sure that everyone who purchases a drink is older than 21.
The communications class teaches students to organize such events, and this is the class's major project for the semester. Last year's class also had the theme "Beaver Town Getdown," so the class decided to keep the same trademark.
"We're aiming (to raise) about $1,500," said Council. "That's what they raised last year. We want to match what was done last year."
14th annual KMSU?Auction
The Minot State University's broadcasting program's 14th annual KMSU auction will air live on public access Channel 19 at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, with a preshow starting at 5 p.m.
The KMSU Auction fundraises for MSU broadcasting scholarships and equipment for the broadcasting program, in addition to giving 10 percent to a charitable community cause. This year's selection is the Roosevelt Park, which was devastated during the flood of 2011.
According to a press release, KMSU, which promotes local businesses through various media in exchange for donations, organizes all donations into packages to be auctioned off in a QVC-style format. Viewers can call in and place bids on-air during the allotted time. The high bid wins the package.
Prizes include a $1,000 tuition waiver donated by the Minot State University Development Foundation, three remote car starters, and $750 in advertising space. Other donations are a YMCA family membership, golf clubs and a $500 gift certificate for holiday lighting.
The Roosevelt Park Zoo is still recovering from the devastating flood of 2011.
Zoo director David Merritt said about a third of the zoo's campus still does not have electrical power. The zoo is not open to visitors, though the gift shop is now open in the main building.
Financial donations are greatly appreciated, he said.
"In getting rebuilt there are lots of things we're identifying that were not covered by the (Federal Emergency Management Agency) or our insurance company," said Merritt, so financial donations help cover those additional expenses.
Merritt said he is grateful for groups like Minot State that are helping the zoo to recover.
"We're really excited," said Council. "The zoo really needs the money and hopefully people will turn out for the event."