‘To China & Back’ fundraiser on Jan. 26

Will Healey Tom Durkin
I saw Will Healey (left photo) in the GBM this morning, studying up on Chinese culture. I saw Tom Durkin in the GBM early Sunday morning, sampling Chinese cuisine as he prepared to depart for a Bejing Packers game somewhere in the far east.

You’ll see both these world travelers (Will is the emcee, Tom is one of the organizers) at the Northfield Middle School Auditorium this Saturday, Jan. 26, because the Northfield Rotary Club is hosting a ‘To China & Back’ fundraiser featuring Gao Hong and the Chinese Dance Theater.

A Chinese food dinner will be served at the event, so come hungry.

See this Dec. 5 Northfield News article on the event. The poster (PDF) includes this info:

gao-hong-posterThe Northfield Rotary Club and the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division are proud to present a Chinese New Year Celebration featuring Ms. Gao Hong, world renowned Pipa Soloist.

January 26, 2008 – Northfield Middle School Auditorium – Doors Open at 6:00 pm

Reserved Seating – Advance Tickets: $20 Adult, $15 Student At the Door: $25

Proceeds to Benefit Northfield Rotary Club International Youth Exchange. Tickets available through the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division – 1651 Jefferson Parkway. Please call 507-664-3649 for details and more information.

Here’s a YouTube video of Gao Hong speaking and performing.


  1. Tom Durkin said:

    There are still tickets available for the “To China & Back” event on Saturday at 6 PM. It’s going to be a great show, and a wonderfully unique opportunity to experience China right here in Northfeld USA. You’ll be helping to make the world a more peaceful place by supporting the Rotary Youth Exchange program, and you will also have a fabulous evening – Guaranteed!

    January 25, 2008
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    And that’s not all, Tom. I’ll be there with my paparazzi hat on. 😉


    January 25, 2008
  3. Vicki Dilley said:

    Got a Chinese hat for that Paparazzi? Dress for the part in style…

    January 25, 2008
  4. Vicki Dilley said:

    You don’t want to miss the food! Starting at 6 PM there will be fresh food from the Mandarin Garden and China Buffet….egg rolls, fried rice, fried wontons, chicken on a stick, almond cookies, coffee and some exotic teas. We will sell food up to the time of the show and then if any is left, we will sell at intermission. Not to miss the wonderful, interesting displays and great food. Be there early!

    January 25, 2008
  5. Rick Estenson said:

    There are still tickets left for the event. We will have a ticket table and will call window just inside the Middle school door. The students performing that evening are to pick up their tickets at the table and any family members who wish to come can purchase them there as well. You won’t want to miss this event with music, dance, humor, song, visual stimulation and good information. Oh, and food that starts at 6 pm.

    January 26, 2008
  6. Vicki Dilley said:

    Thank you to everyone who put so much work into this outstanding event. Many workers make light work and that certainly was the case on Saturday night.

    But, thank you so much too to Gao Hong and her students. You can see that she is as passionate about being a teacher as she is about her art. Joseph Chad was breathtaking with Gao…left us speechless! Fantastic! Will Healy added so much to the flow and dynamics of the evening.

    Thank you to all.

    I am already researching where we will go on our next To ?? and Back journey…hope you are planning on travelling with us!

    This event and the ones in the future supports youth exchange….I am a firm believer we are creatng peace in the world with these programs, let’s continue to be those change agents!

    Hats off to everyone for a great night!

    January 28, 2008

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