More than $25,000 was raised at the benefit for the family of Trevor Langlois, graduate of Minnesota School of Business and army veteran. The event was held on Friday, July 19 at the VFW in Forest Lake. Trevor passed away tragically last month as the result of a hit-and-run incident in Hinckley, MN. He left behind his wife, Katie, and two-year-old son, Ethan.
An overwhelming amount of support from the community, friends, and family of Trevor surrounded the event. Hundreds attended, and enjoyed a spaghetti dinner, silent auction, and bake sale.
The event was planned and coordinated by a group of individuals from Minnesota School of Business, Blaine campus. Robin Gauvin, admissions representative, spearheaded the event and rallied the team together to plan the benefit in just three weeks. A vast amount of volunteers from the community poured in to help in any way that they could.
“The past few weeks have reminded me of how many amazing and loving people there are in our world,” Robin expressed. “Sometimes it is too easy to get lost in our own lives and problems, then something so terrible happens and we are instantly changed forever. I am reminded of how precious life is, and how cruel it can be at the same time. “
A full scholarship for Ethan to pursue a bachelor’s degree from any Globe University or Minnesota School of Business schools was presented to Katie. In addition, Polaris Industries very generously donated a 2014 Ranger XP 900 4×4, valued at approximately $15,000, which was raffled off at the event. Guest Holly Hendrickson was the lucky winner of the Polaris!
“It was a tremendous honor to be a part of this event and to engage with an amazing community of people who care,” said Roshelle Amundson, associate dean and coordinator of the silent auction. “We were simply overwhelmed by the rising-up—from the VFW’s gracious hosting, to the remarkable donation by Polaris—the community’s gift of time, talent, support; spreading the word, hanging flyers, selling raffle tickets, baking, volunteerism, donations for the silent auction, and supporting the benefit by attending. It was truly amazing!”
“We must remember that there are people out there who do care and want to help others,” noted Gauvin. “Sometimes it is even those who don’t know us that step forward and make the biggest difference. Words cannot explain the gratitude I have for each and every person who helped in planning, executing, and attending the Langlois benefit. There were countless donations and volunteers that all deserve a special ‘thank you’. The event just would not have been possible without them. In times of grief, we come together and show our love and support to those who need it That is what truly counts and makes all the difference in someone’s world.”
Amundson added, “It was our hope to honor Trevor and the Langlois family by ensuring to care for Katie and Ethan and support them in the only way we knew how. It doesn’t return Trevor to his family but it does remind us that there is so much good, even in times of unrelenting loss.”