2020 Mayors Challenge & Give to the Max

117% of $40,000 goal
This campaign successfully reached its goal on November 20, 2020!
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An Anonymous DonorCarl matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $3,000
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Help Us Raise $30,000 to Sustain Our Virtual Debate Programming!


From COVID-19, to the upcoming election, to criminal justice reform becoming increasingly urgent - it’s been a tumultuous year. What gives us hope: today’s students are engaged and ready to address these issues. And they're learning critical thinking, leadership, and advocacy skills in debate during this year's virtual season. We're continuing to deliver debate to Twin Cities schools during distance learning, but we need your help to do it.


Help us raise $30,000 to ensure access to virtual debate programming for Twin Cities students! This year, we are combining our Mayors Challenge event with Give to the Max, so you have new ways to give: 


  • Make a one-time gift: When you make a gift before November 16th to help us reach our 30k goal, you'll automatically receive a ticket for our 8th Annual Mayors Challenge, judged by Mayor Carter & Mayor Frey, with a welcome from Governor Walz and we'll honor our 2020 Champion of Change former Justice David Lillehaug
  • Join Advocates for Debate: If you are looking for a budget-conscious way to continue supporting debate, join our monthly giving program. When you make or increase your monthly gift, you'll receive tickets to the Mayors Challenge for yourself and a guest, as well as some extras perks for the event.
  • Sponsor a virtual table at the Mayors Challenge: Connect your team with the debate community. Contact cramhe@augsburg.edu for more info - and your sponsorship will count toward our Give to the Max goal! 
$48,340 later, we did it! Thank you!

$48,340 later, we did it! Thank you!

Thanks to you, we've blasted past our $40,000 Give to the Max & Mayors Challenge fundraising goal! Our grand total: $48,340!

2020 has been a tough year. But your gifts, your shares on social media, and your support at the Mayors Challenge event set us up for success in 2021! We want to thank our final donors: 

Eric Lehto
Douglas Hoverson
Jaime Kingsley Loso
Vicki Bierlein
Robert Groven
Erin Reichelt
Kathy A Erickson
Sue J Wickham
Jason Lawrence
Mark Raderstorf

 Your gifts maxed out Carl Engstrom's $3,000 match, bringing us to our grand total - more than 120% of our original goal!

Our spring debate programs are set up for success in the virtual space, thanks to you! 
Your gifts will impact students competing in middle school debate, Spanish Debate League, East African Debate, Financial Literacy Leadership Debates, and beyond.  

We especially want to thank the sponsors, attendees, and students who debated in The Great Health Equity Debate. 

Check out the full Mayors Challenge program below - including Governor Walz's comments, the students' full debate, the student panel led by First Lady Gwen Walz, and the Champion of Change Award presentation for Judge David Lillehaug! We hope it inspires you as much as it inspired us.

1340 days ago by Genesia Williams
Join Us TOMORROW for the 2020 Virtual Mayors Challenge!

We hope to see you tomorrow at the Virtual Mayors Challenge!

Register for your free ticket today: Mayors Challenge 2020 Registration

This year's Great Debate focuses on Health Equity, more important than ever to our community. 

Meet the students competing in tomorrow's event!

Marshall Steele from Saint Paul Central High School and Chikamso Chijioke from Como Park Senior High School will take the Affirmative against Harriet Lindner from Washburn High School and Michael O'Neil from Roseville Area High School on the Negative. 

Meet the VIPs attending tomorrow's event! 

  • Governor Tim Walz will be joined by First Lady Gwen Walz (who's a former speech & debate coach and our Advisory Board member) as special guests at this year's Virtual Mayors Challenge! 
  • Our 3rd annual Champion of Change is former Minnesota US Attorney & MN Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug. The award will be presented by Charlie Nauen of Lockridge Grindal Nauen. (Here's your #TuesdayTrivia for the week: growing up, they were former debate partners at Sioux Falls Washington High School!)
  • Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter & Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey will join us once again - as they did for our Great Education Debate and Great Immigration Debate - to head the judging panel! This year's topic: The Great Health Equity Debate. 
  • Additional VIP Panel members will include John Marshall from Xcel Energy and Senator Jeff Hayden. Our Master of Ceremonies will be Augsburg University BOR Chair, Matt Entenza!

We are looking forward to seeing you there! 

Register for your free ticket today: Mayors Challenge 2020 Registration

1343 days ago by Genesia Williams
Thank You! - We've Blasted Past Our Goal. Help Us Raise $40,000!

Wow! Due to the generosity of our donors, we've already raised our $30,000 goal! We're now aiming higher and hope we can reach $40,000 to support virtual debate. 

What's next? We're hoping to make this the biggest Mayors Challenge yet, now that we don't have to worry about fitting people in a room. We want you to join us at the Virtual Mayors Challenge - regardless of whether you can make a gift today! Register for a FREE ticket! https://advancement.augsburg.e...

1351 days ago by Genesia Williams

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