The Night Of The Stars
Our 16th Annual Performance is coming soon!
February 24 and 25, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.
Get your tickets now for the District 742 Local Education & Activities Foundation (LEAF) 16th Annual Night of the Stars benefit for student activities and educational opportunities.
Get Your Tickets Now!
Prepaid ticket vouchers redeemable for reserved seat tickets are available for purchase at District 742 schools and can be redeemed at the Paramount Theatre box office up to the night of the show.
To ensure best seat selection, we strongly recommend redeeming your vouchers early. Tickets and reserved seats are also available at paramountarts.org and the Paramount Box Office at 320-259-5463.
Online Auction Opens February 15, 2017
Bidding opens February 15 and closes the week after the performance on March 1, 2017. Proceeds benefit student activities and educational opportunities in our public schools.
Thanks to our Sponsors!
Silver Leaf Sponsors
Holiday Inn and Suites
Lamar Outdoor Advertising
St. Cloud Education Association
Townsquare Media/98.1 FM
Last year's Night of the Stars was another big success. Students from both Apollo and Tech high schools, and some from middle and elementary schools, showed off talent, skill, hard work and enthusiasm.
Nearly full houses each night were entertained and impressed, and proceeds help support school activity programs throughout the school district.
A Little Night Of The Stars History
As part of LEAF’s efforts to save Junior High activities, the annual “Night of the Stars” talent show was initiated in April, 2002. This fundraising effort was initially held at the St. Cloud Civic Center. “Night of the Stars” promotes the work of LEAF and the impact of endowment-funded grant cycles for District 742 activities. For the first three years, the Civic Center venue for this event showcased athletic clinics and music activities. Alumni pro athletes Jim Eisenreich, Jim Fahnhorst, and Keith Fahnhorst have made appearances and outstanding music alumni have graced the concert stage. In 2004, Christopher Weldon, concert pianist and ‘92 Apollo graduate, provided clinics for Tech and Apollo students weekdays and then performed on the “Night of the Stars” stage. Tech’s own Krista Weis, class of ‘82, an accomplished music educator and conductor, returned to rehearse and then conduct a combined Apollo and Tech Orchestra. And ‘72 Tech grad and acclaimed motivational speaker, Mark Scharenbroich, was a masterful emcee for 2004’s star attractions.
In 2005, a change of venue moved the “Night of the Stars” to the Paramount Theater and introduced a new format. The 2005 stars were District 742 students, faculty, and staff; the format was a variety show appealing to all ages. The “Night of the Stars” Silent Auction, a hallmark of this event since its inception, was housed in the Paramount lobby. In 2006, the \"Night of the Stars\" was expanded to two shows, a matinee and a 7:30 evening show and in 2009 it moved to Friday and Saturday evening performances. The silent auction has become an \"on-line\" auction. With the hard work of the “Night of the Stars” event committee, this annual event has become a highlight of the school year, a great opportunity to raise funds for the LEAF Endowment and a chance for students and staff to be “stars for the night” at the LEAF \"Night of the Stars!\"
The Night of the Stars, held each February or March, continues to be a major fundraising event for LEAF, with proceeds divided between the school activities programs that sell tickets and the LEAF Endowment. The event has grown to where it is generating nearly $25,000 in revenue annually.
- Sell out the Paramount Theatre – twice!
- Raise at least $20,000 for the Leaf Endowment
- Give at least $8,000 directly to activities programs through ticket sales
- Increase awareness of LEAF and its Mission
- Increase awareness of the importance of student activities.