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Fun Nite Raises More than $18,600 in Support of Scholarships

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Monday, May 8, 2017

An evening of silent auctions, games of chance, taco bar, popcorn, and dueling pianos entertainment were all a part of raising money for scholarships for student athletes during UMC Teambacker Fun Nite. The event, held at the Crookston Eagles Club and hosted by UMC Teambackers, raised more than $18,600. Teambacker of the Year Award

In addition to fundraising in support of scholarships for student-athletes at University of Minnesota Crookston, Fun Nite is also when the Teambacker of the Year is recognized. Charles "Chuck" Larson was named the award winner for his tireless efforts in promoting UMC Teambackers this past year. Larson also was Teambacker of the Year in 2001-02.

UMC Teambacker President Alysa Tulibaski would like to thank all of our members for a great year. We look forward to an even better 2017-18.

Join us this summer for the Mark Olsonawski Golf Tournament in Hallock, Minn., on Thursday, June 22 and for the Teambacker Golf Classic on Friday, July 14 in Crookston.

For questions about becoming a Teambacker member or to register for the golf tournaments, contact Derek Martin at 218-281-8436 or


The mission of Teambackers today remains essentially unchanged from those early years. It continues to promote athletics and to raise money for scholarships and works in conjunction with the UMC Development Office, the Athletic Department, and the University of Minnesota Foundation. UMC is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. To learn more, visit

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations


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