Grandparent Challenge

Are YOU up for a challenge?


A couple recently stopped by the Gateway to Science office and asked if they could make a donation. They contributed $1,000 in honor of each of their ten grandchildren for a total donation of $10,000.  

When board members Dr. Tom Hutchens and Karol Riedman heard about the donation, the Grandparent Challenge was born! 

Katie and Tom Hutchens and Karol and Michael Riedman are making donations in honor of each of their grandchildren, and they challenge all grandparents to do the same at any level. Each gift of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a dial of our new Everbright donor recognition exhibit.  

Riedman explained, “Gateway to Science opened doors of immense opportunity for my children, and we are thrilled to be able to share this with the next generation – our grandchildren.” 

“Science is our family’s raison d’être,” said Hutchens. “It never fails to surprise.  It never fails to humble.  It is always wondrous, and by the way, it is always FUN! We look forward to introducing our granddaughter to Gateway to Science!” 

Sunday, September 8, is National Grandparents Day, and Riedman suggests celebrating the day with a pledge to the Gateway to Science Capital Campaign. “Join us in the Grandparent Challenge,” she said. “Together we can provide the gift of Gateway to Science to all our grandchildren!” 

For more information or to accept the Grandparent Challenge, call 701-258-1975 or email or Lesley Icenogle at


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