Over 200 community members, civic leaders, community members, sponsors and supporters gathered to celebrate the new athletic, academic and performance center, Jump City, at the Second Annual Gala, held Saturday, June 18. Over $35,000 was raised to support summer enrichment activities; services for our homeless and highly mobile students (60 percent of student body); general school operating expenses; and our community volunteer corps, Monday Matters.
Main sponsors of the event included anchor sponsor, Lube-Tech, as well as Crutchfield Dermatology and Studio 4.
Guests enjoyed a buffet-style sit-down dinner, live musical performances by HSRA students and the Not Guilty Band, a live auction, and special presentation of Lifetime Achievement Awards to Mr. Phil Winden, director of Studio 4 Creative, and Ms. Geji McKinney-Banks, director of food service operations for the Minnesota Vikings.
Community leader and Monday Matters member, Lana Harris stated, "The gala was like Old Home Week, with some new friends thrown in there, too. It was a perfect night to celebrate all the good work and great staff and students at HSRA."
David "T.C." Ellis, HSRA founder, explained, "We are especially grateful to our sponsors, Lube-Tech and Crutchfield Dermatology. I would also like to thank the hundreds of people who attended the event and financially contributed to our school. Without the support of community members, we would not be nearly as successful. It speaks volumes about the kind of friends and supporters HSRA has when you look at all that was accomplished at our Second Annual Spring Gala."
Event planners say that they will take a two-week break and begin planning for next year's gala.