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Night Of The Stars

LEAF’s “Night of the Stars” is taking a hiatus this year.

Stay tuned for future news about avenues for showcasing our incredibly talented District 742 students.

Begun in 2002 as part of LEAF’s successful effort to save the Middle School activities program, this was the 20th Night of the Stars!  The show highlights the many talents of our District 742 students and has developed into one of the highlights of the school year!  It’s a show you don’t want to miss!

You can contribute directly to the LEAF Activities Endowment by making a donation to the Night of the Stars.

Support the LEAF Activities Endowment today!

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View the photo gallery of performances for the 2023 Night of the Stars.

View a video of the Saturday night performances in our video gallery.

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 then became 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 continues to be a major fundraising event for LEAF, with proceeds divided between the school activities programs that sell tickets and the LEAF Endowment. Support the LEAF Activities Endowment today!