Groves Gala Makes History

The 40th Annual Groves Academy Scholarship Gala was a huge success! Thank you to all of those who supported this year’s event. We had a record-breaking year and raised more dollars for scholarship than ever before.

Save the date for next year, April 28, 2018!

This fun-filled event helps student and families who need Groves Academy but cannot afford to pay the full cost of tuition. More than 500 Groves friends and families join together this special night in celebration of our school and our amazing students.

The evening begins with games, punchboards, a wine stop & shop, and a silent auction followed by dinner and dessert. Experience the excitement of a live auction and scholarship challenge during dinner and cap the night off with live entertainment and dancing.

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Sponsor the Gala! Groves provides a unique partnership offering for businesses and families to support the work Groves does while maximizing their potential for exposure in our community. 


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Live Auction List

See our fill list of Live Auction Items and get ready to bid!

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2017 Gala VIPS

Keynote Speaker - Tim Clue


After a decade as an award-winning professor of communications and speech, Tim Clue took his then-budding comedy writing skills to the clubs, working with many well-known comics—such as Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Wright and Larry Miller. As a playwright and director, Clue’s latest stage comedy “Leaving Iowa” was nominated Best New Play in the Country and is performed in theaters across U.S. and Canada.

Tim now speaks to educators not only as a former professor, but also as an nontraditional learner himself. Challenged by ADHD and dyslexia as a young man, Tim ultimately did earn his Master’s degree and utilized his highly creative senses in the classroom. This spring-boarded him into a life as a professional clean comedian, published playwright, and, ultimately, a highly inspiring and motivational speaker for all levels of educators, staff and administrators. This award-winning, lifetime lecturer is bringing “social” back into the meeting space by inspiring and connecting his audiences through laughter as he rethinks learning lessons to help rebuild 21st century minds.

Emcee - Mark Rosen


Mark Rosen is WCCO’s sports director, anchor and reporter. He joined WCCO as a high school junior at St. Louis Park Senior High and was hired full-time while attending the University of Minnesota. He anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekday sportscasts and hosts Rosen’s Sports Sunday. He has won numerous regional Emmy Awards and has been named Best TV Sportscaster by City Pages a number of times.

He’s a member of the board of directors for Children’s Heartlink and the Athletes Committed to Educating Students foundation. In late March 2012, his book, “Best Seat in the House”, was released, covering everything from his early years at WCCO to his favorite interviews.

Event Chair - Trish Blake


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

Groves is back at the Marriott City Center in downtown Minneapolis for the gala. When booking a room for the night, be sure to mention “Groves Academy” for a discounted rate.


Public parking is located across the street from the hotel, 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. 

2017 Gala Photos


Contact Us

For questions about the event, see contact information below.

Becky Busselman – Sponsorships and Gala Committee
Ashley Gotreau – Item Donation
Lynn Giovannelli – Event Details