43rd Annual Groves Gala is on Saturday, April 25, 2020

Join us for an inspiring evening celebrating Groves Academy's mission and positive impact in our community at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis beginning at 6pm. 
Every single dollar raised will propel the mission of Groves Academy to transform lives through education, which includes closing the literacy achievement gap with our partner schools, awarding scholarships to 30% of our students, and providing educational resources to our community. 
Tickets are on sale now! Take advantage of early bird pricing and buy your tickets today. 
The methods we've developed at Groves have helped thousands of children reach their full potential.
Join us by sponsoring the Gala today. 

Help us Redefine the Way our Nation is Taught

Tickets are live - take advantage of early bird pricing and buy your tickets today! 

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The methods we’ve developed at Groves have helped thousands of children reach their full potential - join us today by considering sponsoring the Gala! 

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2020 Gala VIPS

Keynote Speaker - Donatella Arpaia 


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.

2020 Gala Committee Members

Trish Blake, Sally Blanks, Mary Brown, Dina Conzemius, Emily Ertel, Heather Heefner, Martha James, Melissa Kestner, Heide McDermott, Killian Rieder, Kathleen Smith, and Emily Wingfield

Silent and Live Auction Information

Our silent auction features 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 to book your room for the Groves Academy room block before March 25, 2020. 


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

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 


2019 Gala Photos

2019 Gala Videos