38th Annual Dine & Bid Visits Winner’s Circle for Academic Support

Apr 22, 2024

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JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The University of Jamestown hosted its 38th Annual Dine & Bid benefit auction with a Kentucky Derby theme, resulting in an unprecedented fundraising total of $480,000 for student scholarships, surpassing last year’s total of $434,000.

“The record is a testament to the unwavering community support for the University’s commitment to upholding the value of higher education and providing access to student co-curricular experiences that foster personal, spiritual and professional growth,” said UJ President Dr. Polly Peterson. “It exemplifies the deep appreciation the University’s board of trustees, alumni, and friends have for the educational value provided by UJ.”

University of Jamestown President Polly Peterson speaks to the audience during Dine & Bid 2024.

Todd Steinwand, President, and CEO of Bank of North Dakota and UJ Board of Trustee Chairman, agreed, expressing his gratitude for receiving a UJ education: “I graduated from UJ, and it taught me the value of connections, to think critically and that character matters. These are attributes that I have used in my entire career.”

Event attendees dressed to impress in fascinators and bowler hats while enjoying mint juleps and champagne. An exclusive culinary highlight of the evening was coffee-rubbed steak cuts from Butcher’s Edge. The live and silent auction showcased exclusive items and experiences while entertainment included banter from co-hosts Warren Abrahamson and Tara Kapp, student performances, and a big-screen horse race.

Lead sponsors included Mobile Pro, Valley Sales, Anne Carlsen Center, JE Dunn, Orn Family Dentistry and Sodexo alongside more than 500 donors and attendees. The culmination of the evening’s “raise your paddle” segment resulted in $250,650.

“Scholarships play a vital role in ensuring access to higher education, especially in the face of rising tuition costs across the country,” remarked UJ President Dr. Polly Peterson. “We are committed to providing avenues for students to achieve their academic and professional potential, and the funds raised at the Dine & Bid gala directly contribute to this mission.”

Just as the Kentucky Derby represents a time-honored tradition of excellence and achievement, the University’s scholarship program embodies empowering students to reach new heights of success.

The University’s “Together We Rise” campaign will expand on UJ’s academic offerings with online leadership, MBA and nursing degree programs—all of which are enrolling students starting now for fall enrollment.

The campaign will also create the Unruh School of Character in Leadership transforming the campus by renovating the Voorhees Chapel and creating a multidisciplinary space and connectivity between buildings.

More details, including ways to support the University of Jamestown, can be found by reaching out to Vice President of Development & Alumni Relations Brett Moser at (701) 252-3467 ext. 5638 or Brett.Moser@uj.edu.

UJ student-athletes speak to the audience before the lip-sync competition to raise money for student scholarships.


Thank you to our sponsors:



Mobile Pro

Valley Sales, Co. Jamestown



Anne Carlsen Center

JE Dunn

Orn Family Dentistry




Bank Forward

Brickhouse Frozen Products, LLC

Cavendish Farms, Inc.

Central Dakota Family Physicians

Dacotah Bank

Edward Jones investments – Pat Nygaard

First Community Credit Union

Florhaug Insurance

Gate City Bank

Hondo’s Hideaway / Fred’s Den

Looysen I Care

REMAX Now- Beth Keller

Sanford Health

Unison Bank

Valley Plains Equipment

Wells Fargo Advisors

Wihelm Chevy GMC



Apex Physical Therapy & Wellness Center

Downtown Dental

Fairfield Inn and Suites

Hillerud Construction, Inc.

Keller Williams Inspire Realty

North Dakota Recycling & Sanitation

Otter Tail Power Company

American Pharoah


$900 – $1,1999

Eddy Funeral Home

Farmers Union Insurance

i3G Media

Stifel Nicolaus

Steve Braunberger and Steven Sedler


$600 – $899

Ag Country Farm Credit Services

Cork & Barrel Liquors

Dakota Central

Harty Insurance, Inc.

Hofmann Trucking

Jamestown Travel, Inc

Legacy Financial Partners-Ameriprise Financial

Lifetime Vision 20/20

Lloyds Toyota

Newman Signs

RM Stoudt

Schauer and Associates PC

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