During these uncertain times, our students need us more than ever. So instead of postponing Minnesota State University Moorhead’s largest annual scholarship fundraiser, the MSUM Foundation turned the festive gala into a virtual online auction April 13-18.

The weeklong auction raised more than $92,000 with 400+ Dragon supporters bidding on everything from exotic trips and mystery wine to sporting events and dining gifts.

“The MSUM Foundation staff, and in particular Director of the Annual Fund Cindy Bailley and her team, found a creative means of hosting a successful virtual gala,” said MSUM Foundation Board President and MSUM alumnus Rick Kasper. “Thanks to our wonderful sponsors and generous donors, we will provide much-needed scholarships for our students.”

WDAY anchor and producer Kerstin Kealy knows first-hand the impact of scholarship dollars on students, first as a thankful recipient of a scholarship while she was an MSUM student, and now as an adjunct instructor in the university’s School of Communication and Journalism.

“Students are working multiple jobs, and now some of those students have lost those jobs. They are nervous with all of the uncertainties they face, but they are driven not to stop chasing their dreams,” Kealy said. “We know the pandemic has put many people and many families in a pinch, but we didn’t want to miss a chance to support our amazing students at MSUM.”

Twenty sponsors financially supported the virtual gala, including premier event sponsor Bremer Bank. Alumnus and Bremer Bank Regional President Judd Graham appreciates the Dragon family’s support.

“It’s a very difficult time, and for those of us able to support this event, I want to say a heartfelt thank you,” Graham said.

Gifts of any amount can be given at any time to support MSUM students at https://donate.mnstate.edu/donate.