The Night Of The Stars
February 19 and 20 • 7:00 p.m.
Get your tickets now for the District 742 Local Education & Activities Foundation (LEAF) 15th Annual Night of the Stars benefit for student activities and educational opportunities.
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 – Bid Early, Bid Often!
Bidding opens Feb 10 and closes the week after the performance on Feb 24 at leaf742.org. Proceeds benefit student activities and educational opportunities in our public schools.
Check back. We'll provide a link to the auction when it opens!
A Little Night Of The Stars History
View Programs from previous performances:
2015 Night of the Stars
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.