The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Minnesota Chapter
cordially invites you to join us for our:

"Stern des Nordens" 
Annual Gala with Wine Tasting

Hyatt Regency by Mall of America
3200 E. 81st St.
Bloomington, MN  55425
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
May 5, 2018

This year our Annual Gala is taking on a new look and a new location! The elegant Hyatt Regency by Mall of America in Bloomington is a perfect setting to sip some wine, mingle with guests and enjoy savory appetizers. Play some FUN(D) Raising games such as Giant Jenga, Wine Toss, Mystery Boxes and more, then stop by the Photo Booth for to take some Gala photo memories. Mark Tomkins, President of GACC Midwest, Inc. in Chicago will be our featured speaker highlighting the "NEW" Apprenticeship Model that is sweeping the Midwest, and the GACC Apprenticeship Program.  

Wine Tasting

The quality and abundance of locally produced wines has opened a new dimension in Minnesota. Our cold climate can be quite harsh for many grape varieties, but thanks to the research and perseverance of the University of Minnesota, we are ripe for a few cold-hardy hybrid grape varieties. And, that includes one of the state’s most important grapes: Frontenac. But are they any good? We say the best way to find out is to come and sip it yourself and find what you enjoy. There are plenty of wineries across our state to choose from (more than 60!) and we will be featuring some of the best with "booths" set up to sample and select your favorite!

Silent Party

The evening will be followed by another new trend, Silent Party. A silent event makes networking easier by eliminating the need to compete with external noise when having a conversation.This ingenious concept allows the audience and guests to experience an extrasensory phenomenon through wireless headphones where the music can be transmitted up to 3 separate channels. As musical tastes have changed, it’s challenging to create playlists that cater to everyone at an event. Using LED lighting, each channel selected on our wireless headphones is indicated by a certain color and will have a different genre of music; from Sinatra and oldies, to hip-hop. Click here to watch an exciting video. Silent Party will transport your guests into a world that is unlike anything they have ever experienced.

Silent Auction

This year our Silent Auction will go ONLINE, opening April 1, with items being added continuously. Deadline for an auction donation is April 30th so CLICK HERE to download your Auction Donation form now and promote your product and organization! The Silent Auction will close 24 hours before the Gala and you can pick up your item(s) at the Gala, or arrange to have them delivered or pick up at our office. You don't have to attend the Gala to bid! And there will still be plenty of excitement and games to enjoy at the Gala.

Live Auction

Enjoy the action as a select group of our own local members play the role of "auctioneer"! 


TWO CONDOR Premium Tickets (Minneapolis/Frankfurt) donated by Condor Airlines: Estimated Value $2500

7 Day/6 Night Stay in Haus Moseltraum, Germany donated by Danika Hoffmann & Floyd Olive: Estimated Value $1295

4 Premium Twin's Tickets donated by Dorsey & Whitney: Value $500

3 Session Hypnotherapy Package donated by Kelli von Heydekampf, West Metro Hypnosis:  Value $457

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Register Now!

GACC Members & Guests:  $125 

Non-Members:  $150

Students and Young Professionals (Ages 18-25, Must show I.D. at Registration Check-in!):  $100

Business and Cocktail Attire Admired!

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 Book your room at the Hyatt Regency GACC Special Rate $104/Night

Courtesy Block is open and available until April 20, 2018.

  • Call In – Please contact reservations direct at (800)233-1234 and ask for the “German American Chamber of Commerce” room block. A credit card number will be required to secure a room out of this block.  Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to arrival or 1-night room and tax will be assessed.
  • Online –use this weblink to make online reservations  German American Chamber of Commerce  A credit card number will be required to secure a room out of this block.  Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to arrival or 1-night room and tax will be assessed.
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Sponsorship Opportunities

Promote your organization to our premier business community with one of our sponsorship opportunities. Click Here to download the information sheet. We can also customize an in-kind sponsorship to suit your specific needs and organization! 

Winery sponsorships availalbe also! Click Here to download the Winery Sponsorship Information Sheet


Sustaining Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors 

In-Kind Sponsors



Karen Develle, Executive Director 
GACC Midwest, Minnesota Chapter