Gather at the River with Mark Twain Performance and Raffle Raised Funds and Spirits


gather3Saturday, May 2, 2015 was a beautiful day to be on the Mississippi River aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat, enjoying cocktails and appetizers on the Victorian Deck, followed by river songs and tales with Don Shelby as Mark Twain, fiddler Sara Pajunen, and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers conducted by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu. Visit our Facebook album to see more photos of the event.

Thank you to everyone who attended and to all those who worked so hard on this event, which raised more than $40,000 for VocalEssence choral music education programs!

raffle winners

VocalEssence raised more than $3,800 on the raffle! Watch the video and read below to see who won.

Mill City Summer Opera LogoMill City Summer Opera’s The Daughter of the Regiment and Dinner for Two at Spoon & Stable
Value: $200
Donor: Mill City Summer Opera
Winner: Betsy Cussler

Four Seasons of Wine from Haskell’s
Value: $2,000
Donor: Haskell’s, Jack Farrell, Ann and Brian Farrell
Winner: Joyce Beauchane

Two Tickets to Rolling Stones at TCF Bank Stadium on June 3

Value: Ranging from $470 to $890
Donor: Anonymous
Winner: Mary Pat McKasy

Four Bud Light Top Shelf Lounge Suite Tickets to the 2015 Minnesota Wild Season ThomsonReutersLogoOpener
Value: $1,200
Donor: Thomson Reuters
Winner: Dave Platt

Two tickets to Kelly Clarkson with special guests Pentatonixtravelers-logo_small
Value: $100
Donor: Travelers Foundation
Winner: Jackie Prince

Special Thanks