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43rd Annual Groves Gala Invitation

Groves Gala

43rd Annual Groves Gala Rescheduled to Wednesday, July 15, 2020

As we all navigate these unprecedented times, our focus is on the health and safety of our guests, our families, ourselves and our greater community. Following guidelines from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the 43rd Annual Groves Gala until Wednesday, July 15th.

There is much that is still unknown about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect our community and we will continue to monitor the situation as the new date approaches.

We hope you will join us in celebrating Groves on July 15th at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

Thank you for your steadfast support and flexibility. Please reach out if you have any questions, suggestions or want to talk through anything by contacting Becky Busselman at or 952-210-1856.

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Help us Redefine the Way our Nation is Taught

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

2020 Gala VIPs

Dontella Arpaia

Keynote Speaker

Donatella Arpaia

Donatella Arpaia is a trailblazing attorney-turned-culinary mogul, restaurateur, and celebrity chef, Donatella will share her family’s powerful journey with ADHD.

Don Shelby


Don Shelby

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, Jennifer Miller, Killian Rieder, Kathleen Smith, and Emily Wingfield.

Silent and Live Auction Information

Our silent auction features more than 85 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

Event Information

Hotel Info

The Groves Gala will be at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. 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.

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors

Thank you to this year’s sponsors for the Annual Groves Gala. Groves is grateful for all of their partnerships.

Presenting Sponsors – $25,000

Innovator Sponsor – $10,000

Leader Sponsor – $5,000

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2019 Gala Rewind



What You Give Today Will Build Tomorrow

Groves Academy depends on your generosity to continue to expand our mission to build confidence, success, and purpose through transformative learning experiences. We are grateful to the individuals, families, and corporate sponsors that make this work possible. With your support, we are able to positively impact the lives of thousands of kids each year. Will you help us achieve our vision to redefine the way our nation is taught, one student, one teacher, and one school at a time?