44th Annual Groves Gala

Groves Gala

Register below to attend the Groves Gala on Thursday, June 17th at 7pm!


On Thursday, June 17th at 7pm Groves will hold its 44th annual Gala. This will be a virtual (online) event. The Gala is our annual opportunity to celebrate Groves’ mission to build confidence, success and purpose through transformative learning experiences.

Every single dollar raised propels the work of Groves Academy’s mission to transform lives through education. The need for support has never been greater. Your support provides critical financial aid for our students, and expands K-3 literacy partnerships with schools in our community to help close the literacy achievement gap.


If you are interested in sponsoring the Gala or have any questions about the event please contact Becky at busselmanb@grovesacademy.org or 952-210-1856.

If you would like to donate an item or have questions about our auction please contact Ashley at gotreaua@grovesacademy.org or 952-915-4258.

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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.

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2021 Gala VIPs

photo of Sara Jean Knox

Fundraising Host

Sara Jean Knox

Sarah Jean Knox is a Minnesota-based Fundraising Host and Auctioneer. She is known for her witty and down-to-earth style that engages the audience, inspiring them to bid beyond their budget. She has conducted over 300 fundraising events helping nonprofits connect with thousands of donors and helping them raise millions of dollars to make a difference in the lives of others.

As an auctioneer, it is Sarah’s mission to empower people to be a solution to the problems facing our world. She partners with nonprofits, schools and organizations who are actively creating sustainable solutions to some of our worlds most challenging problems and invites donors to become a part of the solution through financial support.

When she’s not on the auction block, Sarah is raising her two young children and can be found digging in the dirt or building epic play train tracks. Sarah and her husband, Nate, along with their two kids live in Bloomington.

Visit SarahTheAuctioneer.com to learn more.

2021 Gala Committee Members

Trish Blake, Dina Conzemius, Emily Ertel, Melissa Kestner, Jennifer Lang, Libby Leavenworth, Frankie Lenzmeier, Jennifer Orton, Sheila Peterson, Killian Rieder, and Emily Wingfield

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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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?