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International Benefit Dinner Raises Funds for Scholarship

BIG RAPIDS – Combining a variety of customs, cultures and cuisine, the Ferris State University Office of International Education will host an international benefit dinner to create a unique learning opportunity for area high school teachers.

“One World, Many Faces” International Benefit Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. in the Granger Center Atrium Friday, Oct. 15.

“Proceeds from this dinner will be used to create a scholarship opportunity for a local public school teacher,” said Shana Beisiegel, Office of International Education secretary. “With this scholarship, he or she will be able to go on a short-term, 10- to 15-day study abroad trip to a country of their choice.”

With live musical entertainment and a six-course meal spotlighting an authentic dish from six different countries, the benefit will also feature faculty representatives from each of the six countries to give guests insight behind the customs and traditions of the food being served.

“This is unique because the food being served is food that we wouldn’t normally have access to in Big Rapids,” Beisiegel added.

“We wanted to create this scholarship so that public high school teachers could have the opportunity to not only personally learn from the country they visit, enriching their own life experience, but to also enrich the experience that they will then be able to create in their classrooms. The proceeds from this dinner will create an amazing opportunity for a teacher,” Beisiegel concluded.