The Night Of The Stars
Our 16th Annual Performance Was A Show-Stopping Success!
The 16th Annual Night Of The Stars presented by LEAF dazzled audiences for two nights with over 30 acts comprised of over 200 talented students from District 742! Thanks to all who attended, volunteered, and performed!
Thanks to our Sponsors!
Silver Leaf Sponsors
- ADCO Creative, Don Farleo
- Holiday Inn and Suites
- Lamar Outdoor Advertising
- Times Media
- Townsquare Media
Bronze Leaf Sponsors
- Proviant Group
- St. Cloud Education Association
- St. Cloud Administrator’s Association
Green Leaf Sponsors
- Bremer Bank
- St. Cloud Orthopedics
- Center of Diagnostic Imaging (CDI)
- St. Cloud Surgical Center
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.