The Groves Gala is on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 6pm

Join us for an inspiring evening celebrating Groves Academy's mission and expansion in our community. Hosted this year at a new location the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

This fun-filled evening helps propel Groves Academy's mission to build confidence, success, and purpose through transformative learning experiences. More than 500 Groves friends and families join together on this special night in celebration of Groves, and our work to close the literacy achievement gap.

The evening begins with games, punchboards, and a silent auction followed by dinner and dessert. Experience the excitement of a live auction! 

Early bird ticket prices available through March 15th. 

Tickets Now On Sale

All proceeds from the Gala propel the work of Groves Academy’s mission to transform lives through education. This includes advancing literacy education in our community, providing scholarships for 30% of our students and closing the literacy achievement gap with our partner schools and organizations.

Help us Redefine the Way our Nation is Taught

Thank you for your support. Groves Academy is a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

2019 Gala VIPS

Keynote Speaker - Lisa Wood Shapiro

Lisa Wood Shapiro.jpgLisa Wood Shapiro is a contributor to Vogue, Wired, Outside Magazine, Real Simple, and The Hiking Project.

She is also the author of the humorous memoir Hot Mess Mom and is currently finishing her second book. 

Most recently she wrote The End Of Dyslexia for Wired, June 2018. 

Emcee - Don Shelby


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Don Shelby is widely considered the most decorated and honored local television journalist in the country. He has won three national Emmys, the Columbia-duPont, the Scripps-Howard, the National Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and he has been honored twice with the Pulitzer Prize of broadcasting, the George Foster Peabody.

Don continues his 50 year career in reporting after retiring from daily journalism in November of 2010. He continues to practice journalism and is often read in Salon and dozens of other internet news aggregators. He now specializes in environment and science reporting, and lends his time to the Climate Science Rapid Response Team as well as the international environmental change movement – Georversiv.

He serves on 13 boards or advisory boards, is a frequent lecturer at journalism conferences. As head of the capital campaign for the Washburn Center for Children, Don led a team that raised more than $27 million dollars for children with mental health issues.

Don is an avid outdoorsman and a primitive survival specialist. He spends much of his free time climbing icefalls, mountains, hiking and canoeing his beloved BWCAW. He has a wife and three grown daughters.

2019 Gala Committee Members -

Trish Blake, Kristi Colby, Dina Conzemius, Stacy Harder, Heather Heefner, Martha James, Melissa Kestner, Anne Koby, Heide McDermott,
Meredith McGuirk, and Killian Rieder

Silent and Live Auction Information

Our silent and super silent auctions feature more than 75 items including handmade wooden projects from our Project-Based Learning class, trips, wine baskets, and more.

During the program, we feature items for the live auction. Past items have included international trips, chef's table dinners, exclusive sporting experiences, and more.

If you would like to donate to our auctions, please click the button.

Item Donation

  Hotel Info

The Groves Gala will be at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Use this link when booking a room. Please book before March 27th.


Public parking is attached to the hotel in the Loring Park Ramp, or valet parking is available for a small fee. 


We encourage elegant evening attire for the event. 

  Easy Checkout

Be sure to preswipe your credit card when checking in for an easier and fast checkout. 

2018 Gala Photos

2018 Gala Video


Contact Us

For questions about the event, see contact information below.

Becky Busselman – Event Details, Sponsorships and Gala Committee
Ashley Gotreau – Item Donation
Joanna Lackram - Volunteers