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Concordia Language Village plans dinner to raise scholarship dollars

BEMIDJI – The Concordia Language Villages’ fifth annual scholarship fundraising dinner will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Finnish Village, Sololampi.

The theme for the banquet is a French inspired dinner beginning with a social hour featuring appetizers of assorted breads and cheeses with pears, and punch or wine from 5:30-6 p.m..

Dinner will follow, with a menu including gourmet offerings created by the creative chefs at the villages to include soup, a meat entrée with accompanying vegetables, salad and dessert all for a $45 ticket ($25 is tax deductible).

The French inspired theme will include a presentation from a faculty member of the French Village, Les Voyageurs.

Fundraising goes to helping youth spend a week in the culture of a foreign country of their choice.

During the past four years, the CLV’s citizen advisory group solicited essays from fourth- and fifth-graders from the greater Bemidji area explaining why they would like to spend a week at a language village. This past summer, 13 youngsters received scholarships, valued at $870.

CLV’s goal is to bring in more underwriting for the program.

For reservations, contact Nanako Gonzales from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (218) 586-8712.