HPAAC Fundraising Gala

Now in its 10th year, the mission of HPAAC is to foster the arts in the community. To accomplish its mission, HPAAC funds activities such as the Art in the Park, Black Dirt Theater, a monthly writers workshop, music programs in the schools and free weekly art lessons for adults.

HPAAC hosts an annual fundraising gala and would like to thank all our sponsors, donors and volunteers for all your support.

2017 HPAAC Art Heroes

2017 Hastings Arts Heroes

Hastings arts heroes

Debbie and Allen Saunders have been married forty years and together their support and tireless effort to make a place for the arts has created an impact worthy of recognition.

Allen’s passion is music. He plays tenor saxophone for the River Valley Band and is now presiding as president of the group. This past year he headed the Summer Arts Program and has worked for the Hastings schools for twenty years.

Debbie is the secretary of HPAAC and has been a core member from the beginning. HPAAC is a full time job for Debbie even though it’s volunteer work. She writes grants and organizes material for board meetings, events, and scholarships, among other responsibilities.


2017 Prescott Art Hero

Prescott Art Heroe
Judy Johnson, the founder and director of the Great River Road Theater in Prescott has been named 2017 HPAAC Arts Hero.

This honor coincides with the 25th Anniversary of the Great River Road Theater, which Judy began in 1992 in order to raise money for the Prescott Chamber of Commerce.

Their first play was performed in the open courtyard in what is now the Brickyard Restaurant; after trying different locations around the town, the group began to perform outdoors, under a tree in the park across the street from the Prescott Middle School. 

Today, the Great River Road Theatre has grown into a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing classic musicals and comedies to the Prescott area.

In 2017, the Great River Road Theater moved their production of Annie to the auditorium in the new Prescott High School.

They have also produced a dinner theater show in February since 2001.

2017 Gala Sponsors

Our sponsors

As we prepare for the Sixth Annual Gala, we would like to thank our previous Gala Donors and Sponsors and welcome our 2017 sponsors:

Artspace, Ruth Gale & George W. Doffing Charitable Fund, Dakota Electric, Merchants Bank, North American Banking Company and Xcel Energy.

Become a gala sponsor!

  • Gold level           $10,000
  • Silver level          $5,000
  • Platinum level    $2,500
  • Table Sponsor    $1,000
  • Bronze level        $500

For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Dick Graham at 651-437-8678 or dick.grhm@gmail.com

HPAAC postcard

The Sixth Annual Gala, sponsored by HPAAC, will feature delicious food, music, a live and silent auction, and the opportunity to meet with local artists and help support the Arts!

During this year's gala, HPAAC will honor three area residents for their efforts and contributions to the local arts in Hastings and Prescott.

You will also be able to see and bid on the completed En Plein Air Paintings created in Hastings and Prescott.

If you would like to donate to the live or silent auctions, please send us an email to hastingsprescottarts @gmail.com

To become a sponsor, please contact Dick Graham at 651-437-8678 or Deborah Saunders at 651-285-5424.

Now in its 9th year, the mission of HPAAC is to foster the arts in the community. To accomplish this mission, HPAAC funds activities such as the Art in the Park, Black Dirt Theater, a monthly writers workshop, music programs in the schools and free weekly art lessons for adults.

HPAAC has also been instrumental in bringing a new Artspace building to Hastings. This completed building provides 37 affordable live-work spaces for artists as well as community and commercial space in downtown Hastings.

Location: Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall, 2035 W. 15th Street, Hastings, MN 55033

Date and Time: Friday, November 3, 2017, 6 p.m.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

This year's Gala will be catered by Lake Elmo Inn

Gala Game!

Head or Tails!
head or tails gameOn Gala night one lucky player will win a cash jackpot in the game of Heads or Tails. The “Heads or Tails” game is a 50/50 raffle with a potential grand prize of $599.99. The more strands of beads purchased the larger the prize and the more strands you purchase the better the odds you will be our winner!

Bead sellers will be strolling the Gala hall from 6 until the start of the live auction and beads are $10 a strand or three (3) for $25. Each player may purchase a maximum of three (3) strands. This simple and fun game has participants standing and placing their hands on either their head or their “tail.” A coin is flipped and, if it lands on head, all the tails need to give up a strand of beads or sit down when they have used their final chance. The last player standing is the winner.


2017 Auctioneer Erich Gabriel

Auctioneer Erich Gabriel

About Erich Gabriel

Erich Gabriel (Auctioneer) was raised on an Eastern Montana Ranch and then helped in the family construction business, where he learned his attention-to-detail as a part of a quality work ethic. Erich graduated from the World Wide College of Auctioneering in 2013 and has been deeply involved in the auction profession since.  In addition to using his talents to raise financial resources for non-profit organizations at benefit events across Minnesota, often the topic of auctioneering is front and center at home as well; Erich’s wife, Katie, and her entire family are professional auctioneers.

Erich has enjoyed serving as a volunteer and elder at his church, and recent volunteer opportunities have been with Global Volunteers in India teaching at schools and orphanages and helping to maintain trails and weed control with the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation.  Erich has been able to use and share his auctioneering skills for many benefit auctions in the Twin Cities area with Fladeboe Auctions.  He enjoys working closely with non-profits, foundations and organizations in need of results fundraising.

We are pleased to introduce Erich Gabriel of Fladeboe Auctions as our auctioneer.  Along with the entire Fladeboe team, he considers it a privilege to have helped more than 260 non-profit and educational organizations raise over $25 million in 2016. 

You are welcome to see him in action at the gala!

Previous HPAAC Art Heroes

Heidi Langenfeld - Hastings
Karl and Collette Sakschek - Prescott

Art Nordstrom - Hastings
Charlotte Vick - Prescott

Lin and Kathy Warren - Hastings
Tom Blanck and Linda Bjorklund - Prescott

Janet L. Martin - Hastings Ken
Deanna Roen - Prescott

Bertrand & Margaret Goderstad - Hastings
Mike Erie - Prescott

View more information on previous Art Heroes and galas at HPAAC Previous Galas