Title

Over $22,000 Raised for Mark Solberg Endowment

Document Type

News Article

Publication Date

10-1-2011

Campus Unit

College of Arts & Sciences

Abstract

The University of North Dakota and the Grand Forks Community celebrated Mark Solberg's Life in Music on Sunday, October 9. Remember My Song, a fundraising concert, attracted nearly 1,400 guests to the Chester Fritz Auditorium and raised $10,976 for the UND Mark Solberg Memorial Endowment. Participating groups included the Grand Cities Children's Choir, Central High School Choirs, UND Concert Choirs, Allegro and Varsity Bards and Grand Harmony Chorus.

"The event was awesome," said Mark's mother, Bonnie Solberg. "It was everything we hoped it would be and more. Mark would have been so honored and we are proud to have his name associated with the endowment."

Mark Solberg was born on Nov. 24, 1988 in Grand Forks. He attended West Elementary, Valley Middle, and graduated with honors from Grand Forks Central High School in 2007. Mark was in his fourth year at the University of North Dakota with a major in Rehabilitation and Human Services and a minor in Music when he passed away at the age of 22. Mark had a passion for music, beginning with Grand Cities Children's Choir, Keep the Faith musical, and continuing through the years with high school choirs. While at UND, he participated in Concert choir, Jazz choir, and Varsity Bards at UND, as well as Valley Chordsmen in the Greater Grand Forks community. Diagnosed with Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy at age four, Mark had challenges to overcome, but did so with a smile on his face. His courageous and positive attitude is celebrated through the Mark Solberg Memorial Endowment.

Gifts to the endowment total nearly $22,000. After the endowment goal of $25,000 is met, payouts will fund the Mark Solberg Scholarship for a UND student in Concert Choir. Additional funds will go to support UND Choirs needs.

To support to the University of North Dakota endowment, please make checks out to the UND Foundation and designate it for the Mark Solberg Endowment. Gifts may be sent to 3100 University Ave. Stop 8157, Grand Forks, ND 58202. Online donations will be accepted at undalumni.org.

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