Celebrate Bethany Fundraising Gala

Celebrate Bethany

Celebrate Bethany is an annual fundraising event that brings together the Bethany and Greater Mankato Area communities to celebrate the many blessings at Bethany Lutheran College. It is our hope that the relationships formed through this gathering will explore and create additional partnerships that benefit Bethany students to lead and serve in our community.

Thank you to all who attended and supported the inaugural Celebrate Bethany Fundraising Gala on March 7, 2024. The event was a tremendous success!

We are thrilled to report that over $118,000 was donated to assist in the student experience at Bethany Lutheran College. 

We are already looking forward to Celebrating Bethany at the 2025 gala!

Photos from the 2024 Event

Celebrate Bethany Gala 2024

Live Auction Items

neon baseball sign and mirror
Minnesota Twins Bar Light and Mirror
  • Valued at $400
  • Donated Anonymously
hog and cases of beer
Half Hog and Beer
  • Valued at $400
  • Donated by Nick & Emily (’01 Flantz) Peters and Mankato Brewery

Bid price includes pork and beverages only. Processing contracted with Schmidt’s Meat Market, Nicollet, Minnesota—ready for pick-up early April. Buyer to pay for processing at the time of pickup.

golf course hole tee box with water and trees
Golf for four at Minnesota Valley Country Club, Bloomington
  • Valued at $800
  • Donated by Gaby Accad (‘90)

Foursome will be accompanied by member Gaby Accad. Golf carts are included. Does not include food or beverages.

minnesota twins logo and stadium seating with suite tables and chairs
Minnesota Twins Ultimate Game Day Experience
  • Valued at $700
  • Donated by the Minnesota Twins and Dr. Eric Peterson (‘08)
  • Package includes TWO separate game-day experiences.

Game 1: Four (4) tickets to the Thrivent Club (date to be scheduled), and private behind-the-scenes tour of Target Field.
Game 2: Two (2) tickets on Saturday July 20 at 6:10 p.m. vs. Brewers in the Delta SKY360 suite (located behind centerfield – formerly called “The Catch”).

minnesota timberwolves game audience
Four Minnesota Timberwolves Club TI Tickets
  • Valued at $750
  • Donated by Performance Foods – Nate Lindesmith (‘99)
  • 2024-25 Season (game to be scheduled)

Package includes two (2) parking passes. 

landscaping examples from revival outdoor
Landscaping Certificate
  • Valued at $1,000
  • Donated by Revival Outdoor

Certificate good for residential or commercial application in the Greater Mankato Area.

minnesota timberwolves logo
Four Minnesota Timberwolves Tickets in the Lexus Courtside Club
  • Valued at $3,200
  • Donated by Taylor Corporation

Sunday, March 24 vs. Golden State
6 p.m. – Tip Off

Four (4) Tickets in Section 132, Row A (just off centercourt in the 3rd row) The seats are part of the exclusive Lexus Courtside Club, which includes dinner and valet parking.

classic arcade
Classic Video Arcade Game
  • Valued at $1,700
  • Donated by Matt Coulsey (‘01) and Retro Replay Arcades

Retro-style full-size arcade game with 5,000+ games. 32″ LED screen and LED-lit buttons.

college baseball field with fans from behind home plate
University of Tennessee Volunteers Baseball Experience
  • Valued at $1,400
  • Donated by Tyler Johnson (‘89) and University of Tennessee Athletics

Up to six (6) tickets for weekend series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee. Package is for three (3) SEC series games including premium hospitality area. Travel not included.

View baseball schedule.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Dinner Sponsor
Program Sponsor
Social Hour Co-Sponsors
Event Co-Sponsors
Larry and Karen Lundblad
Table Sponsors

Evangelical Lutheran Synod

First National Bank Minnesota

Greater Mankato Rotary

Tom and Fran Hill

Independent School Dist. No. 77


Metro First Call

Mundahl Fjerde Generasjon Fund

Pi Squared LLC dba – Papa Murphy’s

The Soul’s Apothecary

Traverse Des Sioux Garden Center

US Bank

Vintage Fine Homes

WOW Zone!

Sponsorship Contact Information

Bruce Gratz, Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Email Bruce  |  507-344-7367

Christopher Kind, Director of Development
Email Christopher  |  507-344-7862

Jake Krier, Director of Alumni Relations
Email Jake  |  507-344-7519

Art Westphal, Senior Development Officer
Email Art  |  507-344-7375

Don Westphal, Director of the Bethany Fund
Email Don  |  507-344-7320