Jun 5, 2012

Big Night 2 to Raise Funds for FVCC Semester in Venice Student Scholarships

The Flathead Valley Community College Art Department will present Big Night 2, an event to raise funds for student scholarships for its Semester in Venice program, June 22.

Last year’s premiere event raised $12,000 which provided three students with $4,000 scholarships to help fund their study abroad expenses in Venice this spring.  The scholarships are given to students in need who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in the program that provides life-changing experiences and opportunities to student participants.

The evening will include an Italian-inspired dinner created by students of The Culinary Institute of Montana at FVCC and instructor Chef Howard Karp, featuring a pasta station with pastini timbale, ricotta gnocchi and tagliatelle; a meat carving station with grilled swordfish and porchetta; side dishes including sautéed smoked shrimp, escarole and sautéed spinach; and strawberry tiramisu for dessert.  A no host bar with specially selected Italian wines to complement dinner will be available.  The event also will feature an Italian-themed live auction and a short program highlighting students who have experienced a Semester in Venice.

Among the FVCC students who received scholarships last year was Kat Delby who said she would have never been able to go to Venice without the scholarship.

“One of my major goals since starting college has been to study abroad,” said Delby before departing for last year’s program.  “When I got the call that I received the scholarship, I started to cry.”

Delby said she was most excited about the food as well as the opportunity to be in an environment where she could learn a new language.

“I can’t explain how thankful I am for this scholarship,” she said.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Building on the college’s Kalispell campus.

Tickets are $65 per person, $35 of which is tax deductible.  Guests must be at least 21 years of age unless accompanied by an adult.  Proceeds will benefit the La Serenissima Scholarship program.

For additional event information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 756-3632.  For more information on the Semester in Venice program, contact FVCC Art Instructor and Semester in Venice Coordinator John Rawlings at 756-3896 or at