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2021 StepUP Gala raises more than $425,000 for on-campus recovery program

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On November 13, about 300 in-person and virtual attendees raised more than $425,000 at Augsburg’s annual StepUP® Program Gala. This year’s theme, Now More Than Ever, emphasized the importance of the support StepUP has provided for students in recovery during a time when many people have been isolated and in danger of relapse. The event was hosted at Quincy Hall in Northeast Minneapolis.

Attendees survey some of the items available at the silent auction. (Photo by Rebecca Slater)
Retired journalist Dave Nimmer served as the gala’s emcee. (Photo by Rebecca Slater)
James Augre ’72 (left) and Brenda Gauvin-Chadwick (not present) received the 2021 Toby Piper LaBelle Award for the significant impact they have made on the recovery community. Toby LaBelle ’96 (right) presented the award. (Photo by Rebecca Slater)
Augsburg’s StepUP Program has touched many lives since it began in 1997. (Photo by Rebecca Slater)
The live auction alone raised $15,500 for StepUP. (Photo by Rebecca Slater)
Enticing Entertainment provided a fiery conclusion to the event. (Photo by Rebecca Slater)
Renee Most, director of the StepUP Program, poses with Tucker Robinson ’22, the gala’s student speaker. (Photo by Rebecca Slater)
Chris Allen ’02 created a work of art at the event for the second consecutive year. This year’s artwork was included in the auction, and Board of Regents member Cyrus Batheja ’08, ’11 MBA and Becky Batheja won the artwork, thanks to a generous donation. (Photo by Rebecca Slater)
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