“Back to the Future” is coming to the University of Jamestown’s Harold Newman Arena Saturday, April 24, starting at 5 p.m. Registration for attending needs to be in by this Friday, April 9.

RSVP at calling Setareh Campion at 701-252-3467, ext. 4104, or setareh.campion@uj.edu.

A gourmet meal and entertainment will be a wonderful step into normalcy for many who have been at home for more than a year. This will be a time for getting back to “real life” and helping others who are just getting started with their lives. Benefits from the annual Dine & Bid go towards funding scholarships for UJ students. The tradition has helped some of the most important first responders during last year’s pandemic: our medical personnel.

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The meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. A Sodexo chef will be preparing the dinner, so expect the very best. And as always, the auction will be outstanding for 2021.

Bidding for the silent auction actually begins April 19 and registration for the auction is at http://bidpal.net/dineandbid2021. All bidding will be done online this year, to allow virtual and in-person bidders equal access. A credit card must be used.

Some of the auctions for UJ’s “Back to the Future” Dine & Bid include a Belize home vacation valued at more than $8,000; a Taste of the Twin Cities Food Tour, valued at more than $650; a Golf Get-a-Way, valued at more than $800, and an Indianapolis Colts Experience, valued at more than $1,000. There will be fine art, jewelry, dining and gourmet food experiences, auto services, personal care and pampering treats, as well as specialty items unique to UJ.

Jamestown and all of the country have been holed up or shut down, at home for more than a year. Vaccines are getting cities and entire states close to herd immunity and soon will free us from constraints imposed upon us for more than a year. Yes, we’ve suffered losses and still feel the pain. But in those losses, we have new life and renewed hopes for tomorrow. Life must go on. Young people need higher education in order to get and keep good jobs. These scholarships help provide stability for students in the sciences, arts, sports and businesses. Some of the greatest minds may need a little financial help to get the education their desired career requires. Most of us cannot fully sponsor a student but we can help in a small way by giving back to our local university that helps our local high school graduates get that needed college education.

The University of Jamestown has been a beacon of light during good times and bad. It started in 1883 and has been a strong cornerstone for the city of Jamestown ever since. It held strong during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. It was strong during all the wars. In the mid-20th century, UJ (then Jamestown College) polio, HIV, SARS and other contagions vilified the world. The college stayed strong. Through its trustees and administration, its faculty and staff, UJ helped build young scholars into world leaders. The citizens of Jamestown have been right there, through all 133 years, generation after generation. It will be there tomorrow too - strong and devoted to the community and its ethical base- preparing young people to grow through spirit, character and knowledge, to become the leaders of tomorrow.

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