Gala for the Gryphons: A Night of Glitz and Glamour ~ Honoring Traditions

Eagle Ridge Academy cordially invites you to join in celebrating the 10th Annual Gala for the Gryphons, honoring the many beautiful traditions of our community. The event will take place at Hazeltine National Golf Club (1900 Hazeltine Blvd., Chaska, MN) on Friday, November 18, 6:00-11:00 p.m. Purchase a ticket online by Friday, November 11!

The night will include a social hour, plated dinner, dessert, silent and live auctions, Dive for Pearls, Wall of Wine, photo booth, a meaningful program, and more! DJ Chad from Trivia Stash will play music from around the world.

Unable to attend this year’s gala but still want to support the students and staff of Eagle Ridge Academy? Contact Kelly Schiffman to donate a Gala ticket to an Eagle Ridge Academy staff member or make an online donation to Eagle Ridge Academy here.

Gifts by cash or check may be sent to:

  • Friends of Eagle Ridge Academy
  • 11111 Bren Road West
  • Minnetonka, MN 55343

Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference to the students and staff of Eagle Ridge Academy.

Register for the gala here by November 11
View the online invitation here
View the menu and mail-in RSVP card here

We are pleased to welcome 2021 ERA alumna Sridhatri Guntipally as our guest speaker, who will perform Bharatanatyam, a form of classical Indian Dance that originated in southern India almost 2,000 years ago. Sri was the co-valedictorian of her graduating class and grateful recipient of the Marilyn R. Strand Memorial scholarship. She was also a U.S. Presidential Scholar candidate and National Merit Scholar. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, majoring in human physiology and minoring in environmental sciences policy and management, and a touring apprentice at Ragamala Dance Company.

While those that attend the Gala will be able to view all the silent auction items in person, as well as have the opportunity to bid on our live auction items, the entire Eagle Ridge Academy community is invited to participate in the online silent auction. The auction opens Friday, November 11, at 5:00 p.m. and will stay open until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 18. Please note that new items will continue to be added up to the date of the event.

Proceeds from this year’s Gala will help fund the Grow Your Own Teacher program at Eagle Ridge Academy. Having excellent, diverse, and Classical teachers for all of our Gryphons has been a challenge. Eagle Ridge Academy will begin Growing Our Own teachers right here at ERA in order to increase the diversity of Classical teachers available for our students.

We are excited to announce that the Gala program will include a performance from The Somali Museum Dance Troupe!

The Somali Museum Dance Troupe studies and performs traditional dances from different regions across Somalia. Comprised of teens and young adults from the greater Twin Cities area, the troupe has performed for countless corporate, private and public events, taking place all across Minnesota and nation-wide.

Learn more at their website:

Introducing Gala Emcee and Auctioneer Karen Sorbo!

As one of the premier benefit auctioneers, Karen Sorbo’s dedication to her profession, its purpose, and results has impacted organizations across the United States, Mexico, and Hong Kong. Since graduating from the World Wide College of Auctioneering in 1993, she has orchestrated and conducted more than 2,800 auctions, raising more than 900 million dollars for deserving organizations.

Karen is a long-standing member of the National Association of Auctioneers (NAA), and has conducted numerous educational seminars during the tenure of her membership. Karen has been featured in local and national publications and television for her auction specialty. In 2009, she served as a judge for the prestigious title of International Auctioneer Champion. In 2011, Karen was selected as a Woman of Influence by Minnesota Monthly, and in 2012 was chosen as one of the Women You Need to Know by the Women’s Speakers Association.