Thanks to the support of more than 160 guests and sponsors at the recent Moraine Park Foundation Gourmet Dinner, “Bright Lights, Hollywood Nights” was a big success. The event combined the nostalgia of 1950s fare with the ambiance of old Hollywood and surpassed last year’s numbers by more than $3,000, raising over $30,000.

The annual Gourmet Dinner benefits the Moraine Park Foundation’s general scholarship fund and the student emergency fund.

Annette Whyms, of Oakfield, who graduated from the civil engineering technician program at Moraine Park this May, spoke to the guests about how receiving a scholarship positively impacted her education.

“During my time here at MPTC, I was fortunate enough to have received a generous scholarship from the Foundation, which I am very grateful for,” Whyms said. “It is self-evident that getting a scholarship is a huge financial benefit to students, myself included. By getting that scholarship, [I was able to] graduate in May with very little student loan debt.

“What you may not realize, however, is that I also benefitted in many other ways. By knowing I didn’t have to find a full-time job while still going to school just to afford my education, I was able to get the most out of my time at college, as well as give back to my fellow students and the community.”

Dinner was prepared and served by Moraine Park’s culinary arts students and faculty and included a six-course meal consisting of popular continental menu items from the ‘50s. The menu included a main entrée of layered beef wellington with mushroom duxelle and rosemary red wine demi-glace, creamed Grandé Aged Provolone spinach and horseradish duchess potatoes were served. The meal concluded with dessert, a Baked Alaska with homemade ice cream.

In addition to delicious cuisine prepared by Moraine Park’s culinary arts students and faculty, a wine-cork pull and silent auction were featured.

This year’s lead sponsors included presenting sponsor, National Exchange Bank, in addition to Somerville Inc. Architects and Engineers and Society Insurance.

For more information on the Moraine Park Foundation, visit morainepark.edu/foundation.