CLINTON — For the second year in a row, the Clinton Community College Alumni Association will be offering community members a chance to sample varieties of beer and food items at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort.

The second annual Oktoberfest will be Sept. 25. Proceeds from this event are used to fund scholarships and other programs offered by the Alumni Association. Ann Eisenman from CCC said the association has other fundraisers to support its programs. She said it had been thinking of creating another fundraiser and thought about holding an Oktoberfest.

“We felt like there wasn't a beer-tasting event in Clinton. There were some other wine-tasting events and different fundraisers for other organizations, but this was something unique to Clinton,” said Eisenman.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Wild Rose. A total of 30 different beers will be available for participants to taste. The Wild Rose staff has also designed a menu of foods to complement the various beers.

“So we'll have a whole variety of delicious food,” said Eisenman. She said the staff at the Wild Rose and from Hy-Vee’s Wine and Spirits department have offered a great deal of help for the fundraiser.

Eisenman said those attending will not only get to taste some great beers and foods, but also will get to listen to live music provided by local band, Low Tides and Highways. This Jimmy Buffett tribute band performed at the Wild Rose in early February. Eisenman was particularly excited as one of the band members, JaCi Waldorf, is also a student at CCC. Low Tides and Highways will begin playing at 7 p.m. and will perform until 10:30 p.m.

While listening to Jimmy Buffett songs and sampling the beer and food, people will also have a chance to bid on a wide selection of items at the event’ silent auction.

Eisenman said this year’s silent auction included some great items. Included in the silent auction are tickets to Chicago, tickets to Nashville and Disney tickets. People also have the opportunity to bid on a hot air balloon ride. Other collectibles include a pampering basket with a foot massager from Clover Hills and a walnut bookshelf. Eisenman said she is also excited to report that Wild Rose is donating a backyard barbecue for 12 people to be auctioned.

Eisenman said the CCC Alumni association was founded in 1981 with the goal to foster a spirit of loyalty at Clinton Community College. She said the association has several programs to reach this goal and honor those who also strive for it. Every May the association holds the Outstanding Awards. These six award recognize individuals or groups for outstanding contributions to CCC. The categories are outstanding graduate, outstanding alum, outstanding business and industry, outstanding volunteer, outstanding staff and faculty member and outstanding friend of the college.

In April, the association recognizes students who are leaders in the classroom, on campus and in the community at the Annual Student Leader Luncheon. The association also offers four scholarships to CCC students, including the Connie Seifert Memorial Scholarship, which is an honors scholarship. Eisenman said Seifert was an active and beloved member and former president of the Alumni Association who was dedicated to promoting the college up until her death in October 2008.

Eisenman said the association holds other fundraisers to support its programs. In January the association hosts a trivia night. They also offer an annual bus trip. The past few years the CCC bus trip has been to Cubs games. Eisenman said she is especially excited about the Oktoberfest celebration.

“And we all believe in education and so working hard on an event that's going to be fun and it's going to be a great fundraiser for educational purposes will be a great thing,” said Eisenman. Anyone wanting information about joining the Alumni Association can contact Eisenman at 244-7040.

People interested in attending the Oktoberfest may purchase tickets at the college. Advance tickets are $20. Tickets after Sept. 23 and at the door are $25.

“I would encourage people to come to Oktoberfest because they're going to have an opportunity to taste some great beers, enjoy delicious food, enjoy great live music and support a wonderful organization through their bids at our silent auction,” said Eisenman.

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