Friday, March 23, 2018
FUNDRAISER RAISES MONEY FOR DMACC WASTEWATER PROGRAM
The sixth annual Shrimp and Bingo Scholarship Fundraiser raised $20,585 for the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Foundation to fund DMACC Water Environmental Technology (WET) program scholarships for students. Over the past six years, more than $115,000 has been raised in this annual fundraiser. A total of 165 students have received scholarships from this fundraiser over the past six years.
People from the water and wastewater treatment industry, DMACC employees, including President Rob Denson and students in the program, attended the annual event last August. They enjoyed a meal of shrimp, andouille sausage, with side dishes and great desserts, played bingo and won great prizes. More than $4,000 worth of prizes were given during the event, including $250 worth of beef and pork raised by the DMACC Ag Department, tickets to a gourmet dinner prepared by DMACC Iowa Culinary Institute™ students, two tickets to an Iowa State University football game, an Iowa Getaway package, atool set, gift certificates of various amounts, and numerous smaller gift certificates.
The scholarships provided from money raised at the Shrimp and Bingo event are a difference maker to students.
The water and wastewater industry needs highly skilled workers to keep pace with the demand to modernize; as well as the numerous employees in the profession approaching retirement age.
The annual Shrimp and Bingo event is a collaboration between DMACC and several industry groups including the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU), Iowa Association of Water Agencies (IAWA), Iowa Water Environment Association (IAWEA), Iowa Section of American Water Works Association (IAWWA) and the Iowa Rural Water Association (IRWA).
Planning is already underway for this year's Shrimp and Bingo event to be held Saturday, August 25, 2018.
Des Moines Area Community College, a public institution serving the educational and career training needs of Iowans, is committed to the lifelong success of its students. As Iowa's largest two-year college, DMACC offers 222 programs, certificates and transfer degrees, annually serving more than 70,000 credit and noncredit students on six campuses and six learning centers. Thanks to college-wide innovation, new programs and affordable tuition, DMACC continues to experience solid growth. For more information, please visit www.dmacc.edu.