Gala for the Gryphons

Eagle Ridge Academy went back to the Roaring 20s on Nov. 22 for the annual Gala for the Gryphons! Nearly 160 people attended this memorable event, raising $60K to help fund a new gymnasium and continue to fund student scholarships.

Thank you to Lea B. Olsen for inspiring us to rethink the world of youth sports; to Violet Wu and NexGen Photobooth for providing a fun photo experience; to Stieg Strand for sponsoring our band, Belle Amour; to the many inkind donors for our silent and live auction; to everyone who bid on our silent auction or donated outright gifts; to Taher Food Service Management for the delicious desserts; and to the guests who came out in support of our students and dressed in their finest rags – we loved seeing the joy and happiness as they go into the spirit of the era!

We are thankful to ERA parent and photographer, Sridhar Thayur ( for donating his services to capture the magic of the evening.  Enjoy the photos!


Join us as we head back to the Roaring 20s for the Cat’s Meow of events including cocktail hour, silent auction, games, live music by Belle Amour, a seated dinner, live auction, and dancing!

Dress to impress in your spiffiest 20s attire – you may win best dressed in our costume contest.

Guys and gals, don’t be a wet blanket. Only 200 tickets will be sold so grab your friends and reserve your spots today.

Gala for the Gryphons – A Night in the Roaring 20s
Friday, November 22, 2019
6:00 – 11:00 p.m.Hazeltine National Club

The annual Gala is a time for adults to come together for an evening of camaraderie and celebration in a formal, fun setting. For sponsorship opportunities, including VIP tables of 10, please contact

Please note that once tickets are purchased, no refunds will be issued.

Meet Our Keynote Speaker and Auctioneer: Lea B. Olsen, Speaker/Broadcaster/Founder of Rethink the WinLea B. Olsen

As a parent, sports broadcaster and former collegiate athlete, Lea B. Olsen has experienced sports culture from every angle.

Since playing basketball for the University of Minnesota, where she studied journalism and mass communication, Lea has worked for NBCSN, ESPN’s national WNBA coverage, currently she is a game analyst for the Minnesota Lynx, and a sideline reporter for the Minnesota Timberwolves, on Fox Sports North. Lea also broadcast both the boys and girls Minnesota State high school basketball tournaments.

Founder of her non-profit Rethink the Win, Lea now champions young athletes as complete people and the positive impacts of sports beyond the game.

Lea has been a public advocate for promoting women in the media, served on the Minnesota Twins Community Foundation Board and served at the invitation of Gov. Mark Dayton on the Minnesota State High School League Board. She has also mentored African American athletes at the University of Minnesota, moderated a civil rights discussion featuring U.S. Congressman John Lewis and interviewed Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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Logo for 2019 Gala, a Night in the Roaring 20s

Belle Amor Jazz Musicians

Belle Amour’s performance is generously sponsored by the Stieg Strand Group.

Realtor Stieg Strand