I agree with you nolo, and I apologize for hijacking the thread so early on.
A sabbatical fund is the way to go if we wish to get the Gangl's to the event. I'd love to see that too. If it happens this year, GREAT! If not, then we can look forward to it next year, perhaps.
The scholarship fund SHOULD be used for a student.
The suggestion for both donations is the best answer.
Picking a student/students may be the hard part, and it should be done early. Time is your enemy here! With only 3 1/2 months left, the lucky recipient will need to make plans!
I would like to encourage anyone having the means to donate to do so. At the risk of sounding like one of those Save the Children ads (Save the Skier?), even $5 will add up and make a difference when put in the pile. Donate the cost one meal out--you'll be thinner and some lucky dog (It could even be YOU) will have the time of their life.
I'm happy to be part of such a giving and sharing community!