$13,250 Raised for 2016 Scholarships!

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A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who attended, participated in, donated to, and sponsored our second annual Inverted Arts Scholarship Dinner and Auction on Friday March 11th! What an amazing night it was! Together we raised $13,250 towards our goal of $15,000 for our 2016 Scholarship Program! About 164 people gathered at the Medina Golf and Country Club for the celebration, auction, and delicious dinner. The highlight of the evening was the IA students. We met Stephanie Aquino, our first scholarship recipient from Hope Academy who is a pre-med student at University of Northwestern. We heard from Richard and Grace Johnson and Rachel Kite; visual arts interns who are working on an exhibit that will be displayed during Art-a-Whirl May 20-22. We heard awesome spoken word performances by Will Watkins and AC Wilson who are co-directors of the upcoming IA documentary film “Mosaic” looking at the nature of diversity and to be screened during Art-a-Whirl. And finally, we heard a moving performance of her original song “Stained” by CeCe Harris. Check out all the photos below from a wonderful evening!

You can still help us reach our $15,000 Scholarship Program Goal

by donating HERE.

More about the IA Scholarship Program HERE.

Special Thanks:

Event Sponsors

Group Sponsor Logo


Auction Item Donors

Orcas Island, WA Cabin Vacation – Bob and Evelyn Collier
Copper Mountain, CO Condo Vacation  – Jon and Kara Halverson
4 One-Way Southwest Airlines Travel Vouchers
4 One-Day Disney Theme Park Hopper tickets
5 day/4 night Premier Cancun Vacation
2 MN Wild Tickets Plus Parking – Bob and April Fiebranz
4 MN Timberwolves Tickets
2 St. Paul Saints tickets
Autographed Picture from MN Vikings
Autographed Picture from MN Twins
Quilt by Ann Derby
Chalkboard and Driftwood Sign by Kathy Collier
Dinner and Music by Mark Collier
2 Original Paintings by Sarah Albinson
$125 Photography Gift Certificate by Chad Amour
Original Watercolor Photo by Rebecca Ulasich
2 Original Paintings from the Gals of the Cool Breeze Cottage – Renee Kraemer
2 Tickets for Guthrie Theatre
Dinner and Show for 2 at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
2 Tickets for the Old Log Theatre
2 Theatre in the Round tickets
2 MN Orchestra Tickets
First Ave Tickets
Grand Falls Casino 1 Night Stay + 2 Lunch Buffets
Grand Casino Play and Stay Package
4 VIP Tickets for MN Landscape Arboretum
Nickelodean Universe Wristbands and MOA Coupons
Bakken Museum Annual Family Membership
4 Two-hour Tubing Certificates from Three Rivers
2 All-day Area Tickets for Buck Hill
2 Wild Mountain Lift Tickets
One Day Horseback Riding Lessons at Copeland Farms Mary Frantz
4 Music Lessons at Spark Studios – Nick Tucker
The Paint Pub Gift Certificate – Tom and Jill Tufano
Blip Toys Gift Basket – Rick Mershon
Peace Coffee Gift Basket
Panera Bread For a Year
4 x $25 Gift Certificates for Punch Pizza
$100 Starbucks Gift Card – Sherwin and Nancy Vischer
2 Melaleuca Gift Baskets – Jennifer Mills
George and the Dragon Gift Certificate
$50 Gift Card for Cheesecake Factory
20 Redbox One-day Rentals
Simonsons Gift Basket
Case of Wine from Surdyks
Wine Tasting Class for 20 at Total Wine and Spirits
Lagunitas Brewing Sip-N-Spill Package
Fair State Brewing Gift Package
Bull Run Coffee Gift Basket

Special Thanks:

Event Planning and Coordination – LaVonne Dyer

Catering Director – Suzy Nardini

Event Setup – Kathy Collier, LaVonne Dyer, Grace Collier, Toria Dyer, Sonia Malmquist, Taylor Bongard

Desserts – Bob and April Fiebranz, Don Zietlow, Medina Golf and Country Club

Dessert Auctioneer – Andy McKown

Event Volunteers – Don Zietlow, Nancy Vischer, Natalie Awalt, Noah Dyer

Graphic Design – Rebecca Ulasich

Event Photographer – Grace Collier