Largest StepUP Gala Ever Celebrates Hope

The StepUP® Gala on Ocotober 29 was a night of celebration for the StepUP Program, with a record-capacity crowd, a special guest appearance by Senator Amy Klobuchar, and generous support for StepUP’s students and the future of the program.

This year’s Gala generated nearly $500,000 for the program in one evening – with $150,000 raised from the Fund-a-Need. Thank you to the StepUP Board, the Gala committee, and co-chairs Gina Gage and Cindy Piper, for an evening to remember, which included some notable highlights:

• 500 guests in attendance
• 100+ StepUP Program alumni and students
• Barbara and Skip Gage and family received the Toby Piper LaBelle Award
• The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation received the inaugural Keystone Award
 Alumni speaker Peter Hubbard ’10 shared his experiences connecting students with alumni

Thanks to all who attended and made the event such a success!


Pizza Party during Finals Week

by April D.

On Monday, December 16th, the StepUP community held a big pizza party to celebrate finals week. We devoured 12 pizzas as almost every StepUP student attended. The last two weeks were tough with all of the late-night studying and papers to write but we finished!

One StepUP student Sara M. stated, “I have been working non-stop, but the rewards of getting a good grade is worth all of the time and effort I put into it.” She is right.  We have all been working hard, but when we see our grades it is so gratifying knowing that we have accomplished so much especially while juggling recovery and sometimes jobs, as well. Another student–Kevin S.—said, “I have written so many different papers for about two months now and I am finally done. This winter break will be the best one yet!”

One great benefit of living in StepUP is that we all have each other to rely on and to keep each other accountable for our school work and our actions.  We all take care of one another.