Give to the Max Day 2021

Three years ago, ERA raised $10,000 to fund a baby grand piano. This piano was specifically slated for community use in the event center area and, therefore, cannot be moved. With the increase in events, assemblies, trainings, concerts, and theatre productions in the Auditorium, we would like to have another piano that will be a permanent fixture for these events.

Over the past three years, we have been blessed to have students, staff, and parents grace the halls with their talent. We have enjoyed hearing students playing for pleasure during morning arrival, and practicing between activities after school, parent volunteers playing for special events, and little ones who are practicing their etudes and songs. We want to increase this occurrence by having a second instrument for full school use.

Each music room has an upright piano, but they are aging. When the music department has performances, they must wheel their classroom piano to the stage. With each move, the piano has to be tuned and there is a risk for damage.

Pianos are beautiful and very delicate instruments. Though extremely large, their insides are fragile and the smallest tweak can ruin its sound. When moving a piano, you have to be very careful to ensure that nothing is damaged, both on the outside and the inside of the piano.

There are three reasons for raising funds to purchase another piano.

1. We do not want to damage nor harm the pianos in any way by constantly moving them.

2. Each time you move a piano, it needs to be tuned, which is expensive.

3. It is difficult to move a piano back and forth onto the stage without a portable ramp, which costs up to $10,000. By purchasing a piano dedicated to stage events and performances, we eliminate the need for a costly ramp that needs to be assembled, disassembled, and stored.

The beauty of having this gorgeous instrument on stage at all times is that our music department and theatre have access to it whenever they need it for teaching, performances, or an event.

The full cost of the piano, including shipping, purchase and installation of a Climate Control System to help maintain a consistent humidity level within the piano, and a dolly/cart to will total $12,000-14,000. With your help, we can purchase this beautiful instrument for the entire school’s benefit.

Join us for Give to the Max Day on November 18 and you could help us receive $500, $1,000, or $10,000. Just make an online donation on and your donation will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Golden Ticket every 15 minutes for Friends of Eagle Ridge Academy. Donations will help support the students of Eagle Ridge Academy. Last year, the ERA community helped us raise $22,000 on Give to the Max Day for our new Playscape Project.

Here’s the really exciting part: One donation made on during the Give to the Max Day campaign will be randomly selected to receive a $10,000 super-sized GiveMN Golden Ticket. Help us increase our odds and make the most of your gift by making a donation on November 18 on Together, we hope to raise $12,000 on Give to the Max Day for our new piano! Thank you for keeping music as an integral part of the Classical setting for all to enjoy.

View our GiveMN page and donate now!

Give to the Max Day 2020

Thank you! We are humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support from the Eagle Ridge Academy community during the Give to the Max 2020 celebration. Mark your calendars for November 18, 2021 for the next Give to the Max Day!

Together, nearly $24,000 was raised to support the new Playscape and Grounds Beautification project. The amazing generosity was overwhelming and we cannot say thank you enough. The students of Eagle Ridge Academy will one day be able to learn in the beauty of the outdoors and play in a place that inspires imagination and encourages activity in a safe space.

It’s not too late to support this project ( If you would like to help us meet our goal of $100,000, we invite you to donate in any of the following ways:

1. Cash or check (written to Friends of Eagle Ridge Academy), mailed to:
Friends of Eagle Ridge Academy
c/o Playscape
11111 Bren Rd. W
Minnetonka, MN 55343
2. Online donation by credit card:
3. Online donation through at

On behalf of all of us at Eagle Ridge Academy, we give thanks for YOU!

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