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Festival 2020 Pinnacle Reception and Auction

On Monday July 6th, we hope that you will join the GALA Board of Directors for Pinnacle, our Festival fundraising event. The event will include cocktails and hors d’eouvres, a fabulous live auction, and a keynote address by noted New York Times columnist Frank Bruni.

As the Time’s first openly gay Op-Ed columnist, Bruni was named GLAAD’s newspaper columnist of the year several times and, in the fall of 2016, was given the Randy Shilts Award for his lifetime contributions to LGBT Americans by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

The Pinnacle reception and auction will be held at the Hilton Hotel Minneapolis Ballroom, 1000 Marquette Avenue, at 7:45PM. Funds from this event support the programs of GALA Choruses. Tickets are $125 and $250:

  • A $125 event ticket includes hors d’eouvres, a beverage ticket, and seating for the live auction and keynote address.
  • A $250 VIP ticket includes unlimited beverages as well as a private reception and Q&A with Frank following the public event.

Purchase Tickets

To host a table or to volunteer as a Table Captain for the event, contact Joann Usher, Director of Development at development [at]

Event Schedule: Monday, July 6, 2020

7:15 pm Doors open, cocktails served
7:45 pm Hors d’eouvres served
Live Auction
Keynote Address by Frank Bruni
Fund the Future Appeal
9:00 pm Private Reception and Q&A with Frank Bruni, for VIP ticket holders

Frank Bruni

Photo Credit ©Soo-Jeong Kang

Meet Frank Bruni

Frank has been an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since June 2011. In his columns, which appear every Sunday and Wednesday, he reflects on diverse topics including American politics, higher education and gay rights. He assesses the known and unknown consequences of the Trump presidency, taking stock of its impact on the country so far.

Bruni also speaks on the often fraught relationships between fathers and sons and their historical implications; secret tails from his experiences as the Times’s restaurant critic and what lessons they hold for fervent restaurant-goers trying to maximize their experiences; and the career adventures of a journalist who has covered the Vatican, reviewed restaurants, profiled celebrities in the arts, and interviewed many of the most important American politicians of the last quarter century.

He joined the newspaper in 1995 and has been a White House correspondent, the chief restaurant critic, a staff writer for The Times Magazine, and the Rome Bureau Chief. He is the author of three New York Times best-sellers, the most recent of which, Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, was published in 2015 to widespread acclaim. Previous best sellers were the 2009 memoir Born Round, about the joys and torments of his eating life, and a 2002 chronicle of George W. Bush’s initial presidential campaign, Ambling into History. He frequently appears as a political commentator on CNN and MSNBC.