(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Central Wyoming College Foundation Oktoberfest scholarship fundraiser hosted a packed house Thursday evening at the Holiday Inn in Riverton.

Roughly 175 people attended to eat German-inspired food, drink pumpkin beer and raise money scholarships for future Central Wyoming College students.

The evening included live and silent auctions with items ranging from desserts to original art to wine baskets to day-trip packages.

Scholarship recipient Lanna Rios spoke to the crowd, emphasizing how “crucial” the scholarships were to her success. She spoke about the hardships she faced and the long delay that preceded her going to college. She said without people like those there last night “people like me would not know what they’re capable of.”

“I would only be a dreamer instead of living the dream,” Rios said in closing.