This year’s Groveland Gala, presented by PTA, will be a three-hour tour on Groveland’s Island. The tropical-themed event will feature music, food, umbrella drinks, games and an auction.
Although the gala is not until April 21, organizers are looking for event sponsors. Why? Because last year’s event netted half of the PTA’s budget. And because they are promising businesses a great return on their investment.
Tom Rieger, a parent of Groveland students and a member of the PTA, has taken over as the gala’s event chair this year.
He said that with the number of people involved with the school–460 families with 660 children–businesses who donate are getting a big bang of advertising for their buck. Also, over 25 percent of Groveland students are open-enrollees from outside of the Minnetonka district boundaries, from Plymouth, Wayzata, St. Louis Park and Hopkins.
“That’s a pretty good number of folks who go out to restaurants and go to the grocery store– and need stuff,” Rieger said.
The PTA has already sent out 2,000 requests to businesses for support, whether it is by donations of money, products, services or gift cards.
The money raised at the gala pays for Groveland Elementary “extras” such as field trips. This year’s event will also help with a school library remodel.
“Any school can deliver children reading, writing and arithmetic, but it’s all those extras that make the school excellent,” Rieger said.
The seventh annual Groveland Gala is from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at the in Minnetonka. Tickets cost $30 per person.