2021 Expo “Opening Night” Fundraiser

Virtual Fundraiser

Join us for our Annual Fundraiser

Thursday, April 15, 2021
6pm CDT
Livestream Virtual Event
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Keynote Speaker: Doug Glanville, MLB Veteran and Community Advocate

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NAUDL’s marquee event for the last several years has been the Urban Debate National Tournament (UDNC), which welcomes two high school debate pairs from each of NAUDL’s  partner leagues to compete and network for three action-packed days. Traditionally, the weekend is kicked-off by NAUDL’s Annual Dinner, our organization’s largest fundraiser. Obviously, in-person events continue to be non-negotiable for the health and safety of our students, coaches and staff, in the coming months. However, it opens an opportunity for NAUDL to shift this flagship event to something centered around community and growth, and not just competition alone. As such, this spring (April 16-18), we will be hosting the first ever NAUDL Debate Expo, combining a round-robin competition with coach and student workshops — as well as virtual engagement events.

The Expo will commence with an “Opening Night” live virtual fundraiser, which will include the Debater of the Year speech, Coach of the Year recognition, guest speakers and a Paddle Raise (feed-the-need).

In 2022, pending a return to “normal” and in-person events, we plan to resume the traditional Annual Dinner and our longstanding National Championship. However, we expect the online EXPO to continue as a separate platform to bring the Urban Debate Network together in a unique way.

See last year’s virtual Annual Dinner honorees and awards. 

Sponsorship Opportunities are available (see next tab). Individual tickets are $35.

Can’t attend, but want to donate? Donate to our Paddle Raise auction. (See final tab on this page.)

Questions? Contact Madalyn Messer-Brooks, Director of Development, at madalyn.messerbrooks@urbandebate.org.

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Generous “Opening Night” Sponsors


Tom and Vicki Rollins

Randal and Liz Sandler


For a list of benefits and more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Madalyn Messer-Brooks at madalyn.messerbrooks@urbandebate.org or 312.427.0176.

Can’t sponsor, but still want to attend or donate?
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>>Donate to event Paddle Raise Auction (See next tab.)

Your support of the Virtual Paddle Raise, large or small, will help to ensure the adaptability and continuity of NAUDL’s program and resources.  With your help, we are more committed than ever to preparing the next generation to lead and succeed.

Donations to the virtual Paddle Raise are now open!

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