The Chesterton Gala 2014 - Thanks for a Wonderful Evening!

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Thank you to all who joined us for the fifth annual Chesterton Gala on Saturday, February 8 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota! Nearly 800 guests gathered for our evening of music and merriment to benefit the students of Chesterton Academy.

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Dale Ahlquist was back as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, which featured performances by the Chesterton Academy All-School Choir, Chamber Choir, and the Mens' Quartet - as well as moving speeches from seniors Andrew Hirl and Clare Blackman. After the dinner program, we danced the night away to the incredible music of The Fabulous Chestertones...and the Chesterton Academy Dancers wowed the crowd with their high-energy swing dance exhibition. Click here to view photos from the evening!

One of the great highlights of the evening was the surprise announcement of two $75,000 matching grants for Chesterton Academy. Andrew Redleaf, founder and CEO of Whitebox Advisors, has renewed his Challenge for Chesterton Academy for a fifth consecutive year, and an anonymous benefactor matched Mr. Redleaf's gift. Donors to Chesterton Academy have an opportunity to triple their gift to Chesterton Academy through this year's Challenge!

We are extraordinarily grateful to the many Chesterton parents and volunteers who worked so hard to make the event such a wonderful success. Our sincere thanks, as well, to the many donors and event sponsors who helped us raise critical funds as we prepare for continued growth next year. See you next year!