2016 HPAAC gala

HPAAC Sixth Annual Gala

Join the festivity & help support the Arts!

HPAAC galaThis sixth annual celebration of the arts in our communities culminates a month-long series of ARTober events that showcase Hastings and Prescott as “A place for 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.

The fundraising gala will feature delicious food, music, a live and silent auction, and the opportunity to meet with local artists.

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

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

Gala Tickets: tickets are available online, BreakAway Arts, and Orange Dragon Art Gallery.

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

HPAAC Art Honorees for 2017:

HPAAC recognizes long-time arts supporters in the Hastings and Prescott area. Our 2017 honorees are Debbie and Allen Saunders, and Judy Johnson.

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 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.

Judy Johnson is the founder and director of the Great River Road Theatre (GRRT) in Prescott. This year’s recognition coincides with the 25th Anniversary of the GRRT which started to raise money for the Prescott Chamber of Commerce. Their first play was performed in an open courtyard. After trying different locations around town, the group performed outdoors, under a tree in the park near the Prescott Middle School. Today, the GRRT has grown into a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing classic musicals and comedies to the Prescott area. In 2017, the GRRT 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.

For more info and updates, please visit HPAAC Gala and https://www.facebook.com/hastingsprescottareaartscouncil/