The MSUM Foundation raised more than $100,000 at its biggest annual fundraising opportunity for donors, alumni and friends to support students.

More than 300 Dragon supporters bid on a variety of auction items ranging from trips and mystery wine to sporting events and dining gifts.

“The scholarship gala capped off an incredible day celebrating our successes and providing much-needed scholarships for our students,” said Gary Haugo, vice president of university advancement.

Bismarck, N.D., native and geoscience major Bridgett Grosz was the featured student speaker. She’s a student advisory board member, show developer at the planetarium, academic tutor, student research leader and a member of the Geo Club.

“With my scholarships, I spend less time working and can focus on my education and extracurricular activities. Recently I have begun planning to take a more active approach in introducing club support systems,” Grosz said. “My goal is to introduce club members to the possibilities they may discover when relieved of college-based financial insecurity while introducing and providing a safe environment that offers them everything they need to succeed.”

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