Opera on the Prairie?

I had a wonderful time last week in Bismarck at the ND Writers and Bloggers Workshop, and my mind is spinning with ideas for upcoming stories. I joined a great group of creative North Dakotans, who are all passionate about our state and eager to share their passion with others.

However, tonight Tony, Gio and I are hosting the 8th Annual “Sarello’s Dinner for the Opera,” and we’ve been so busy preapring for this event that I have not yet had time to sift through my thoughts and notes from the Workshop. I hope to get some photos and notes up on the blog soon to share with you. In the meantime, I’ve posted some photos from last year’s Dinner for the Opera below, and hope you enjoy them.All of the pictures were taken by Dylan Jacobson, who generously donated his time and talent for the evening.

This is our biggest fundraising event of the year, and in the past seven years this dinner has raised over $325,000 for the Fargo-Moorhead Opera. And because everything is donated, right down to the printing, every single penny goes directly to the Fargo-Moorhead Opera. It is truly a collaboration of people who are committed to the arts in this region.

We donate the venue, labor, service, and six-course dinner, Dave and Denise Akkerman donate all the wines straight from their personal collections, as well as their time and talent, the performing artists generously donate their time and talent, airline tickets are donated to fly the artists to Fargo, Schmitt Music donates the piano for the night, and Mathison’s donates all the printing.

Last year, thanks to these efforts and the generosity of our guests, we raised $62,200. We look forward to another successful evening and hope to see you next season at the opera!