Believe: Gala for the StepUP Program

Friday, October 24, 2014

5:00 – 8:00 pm
StepUP Gala, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Event Keynote: Author and StepUP Parent, Sarah Nielsen
Emcee: Comedian, Bill Arnold
Alumni Speaker: Samuel O. Spafford ’09

8:00 pm
After Party, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Swing Dance featuring Augsburg College Jazz Ensemble

On social media: #stepupgala

The night of the Gala, you will have a chance to bid on these once-in-a-lifetime experiences…

Villa Osprey
One week in Turks and Caicos

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Begin dreaming now of spending 7 nights at a stunning villa on one of the most sought after Caribbean destinations–Turks and Caicos Island. You will delight in picturesque unpopulated white sandy beaches for as far as the eye can see. Relax in your newly-renovated oceanside villa featuring its own private outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, and shaded tiki hut overlooking the ocean. The villa sleeps up to 6 people and offers a fully-stocked gourmet kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, an airy light living room with a large plasma TV, wireless internet, and comfortable furnishings all set in an exclusive community. Go ahead–unwind and treat yourself to 7 glorious nights in Turks and Caicos between October 25, 2014 and October 24, 2015.

Villa La Percha
One week in Turks and Caicos

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Experience paradise among soft white sands, brilliantly aqua seas and gentle tropical breezes in the spectacular Turks and Caicos Islands. Villa La Percha is a serene estate in Providenciales, the Turks and Caicos’ principal island. Beautifully furnished inside and out for true indoor-outdoor living, these lavish accommodations feature a personal swimming dock on Sapodilla Bay, an artfully-shaped private swimming pool with sunbathing seclusion, as well as tennis courts just steps away. Off the beaten path and overlooking a quiet neighborhood, Villa La Percha is ideal for families or groups. It sleeps 8, features 4.5 baths, and has lovely terrace views of Chalk Sound, the ocean or your walkout poolside patio and well-manicured grounds–ideal for lounging with a good book. Entertain outdoors in this tropical oasis in your very own gourmet kitchen with a built-in barbecue area and sheltered outdoor dining under an impressive veranda. Then go out and explore the culture of this one-of-a-kind town, where you can shop, dine, unwind at the spa, or tee up at a championship golf course.

Private Dinner with Andrew Zimmern
Evening and dinner with celebrity Travel Channel chef at private metro residence 

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You and nine others can indulge in a gourmet dinner prepared by Travel Channel’s award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer and teacher Andrew Zimmern who delights in discovering and sharing authentic food and experiences. Your group will be guests at Tad and Cindy Piper’s meticulously-maintained, family-friendly, private residence in the West metro on a mutually-agreeable date within the next year. The residence is complete with riding horses and a swimming pool—a sure delight for children and grandchildren on a summer evening. Your group will enjoy an intimate dinner with Zimmern, the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s hit series, “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” and “Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World.” This one-of-a-kind, evening with one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world, along with his wife, Rishia, will be an experience to talk about for years to come!

Lake Minnetonka Vintage Boat Cruise and Dinner
Private guided boat cruise and fine dining experience at Lafayette Club 

vintage boat

Partake in a relaxing and entertaining evening out enjoying the sights of Lake Minnetonka with a fine dining experience at the Lafayette Club, an exquisite century-old private country club nestled on the lake’s shoreline. That same evening, your group of 10 will also climb aboard a private vintage boat owned by Todd Warner, founder and CEO of Mahogany Bay vintage watercrafts, for a scenic summer cruise on a mutually-agreeable date during summer 2015. Todd, a leading authority in vintage boating, will captain the tranquil and insightful 2 ½ hour boat cruise and provide historical insights on the lake, boats and shoreline properties. You will finish this memorable summer evening with a deeper appreciation for one of the most scenic of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.

Lafayette Club


Kevin and Polly Hart

KevinPollyHartKevin and Polly Hart of White Bear Lake, Minn., will receive the Toby Piper LaBelle Award at the StepUP Gala on Oct. 24 for their commitment and generosity to Augsburg College’s StepUP® program and to the entire addiction recovery community.

“Kevin and Polly have brought so much value to the StepUP program, the students in recovery we serve, and the recovery community as a whole,” said Augsburg College President Paul C. Pribbenow. “We are blessed to call this dedicated couple our friends and are proud to honor them with this award.”

The Harts have given significant time and resources to the College’s program, which is a leader and award-winning model for residential addiction recovery communities at campuses across the nation. Kevin serves on the advisory board for the StepUP Program where he helps guide and shape the program. He also is a board member of The Retreat, a recovery program in Wayzata, Minn. The Harts volunteer countless hours for these programs and also mentor youth in recovery.

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