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Hockey association plans unique fundraiser

All kinds of area residents have seen Jay Kochendorfer behind a bunch of DJ gear over the years. He’s the guy who plays the music at dozens of school-related events, and the guy who runs a very successful wedding DJ business in the Twin Cities, Adagio Djay Entertainment.

Most people, though, haven’t seen Kochendorfer’s other claim to fame – he’s a hypnotist and has been at that for eight years. Now, residents will get a chance to see Kochendorfer at work as a hypnotist in his first public show in Hastings, set for Saturday, Sept. 6, at Hidden Greens Golf Course.

“Everyone always asks me about putting on a public show,” Kochendorfer said.

Typically, his shows are for company parties or meetings. This show will be different, though. It’s a fundraiser for the Hastings Hockey Association. Kochendorfer and his wife Crissy have two children in the program. One thing led to another, and the idea of having a hypnosis show was born.

“I had so many years as a disc jockey under my belt,” Kochendorfer said. “I wanted to step up our level of entertainment and add more to my toolbelt, so to speak. It gave me a great opportunity to include that on top of what I was doing.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of Fortune 500 companies, and a lot of smaller organizations, too.”

The event will be held in a tent on the grounds of the course. There is a social hour and raffle from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A hog roast dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. A live auction will be held at 7:45 p.m.

The hypnosis show will be from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and then there will be a DJ and dancing until midnight.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Kochendorfer at 651-437-3344 or online at

They are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.


Anyone in the audience who wants to be hypnotized will be invited to come up on stage and participate, Kochendorfer said.

“Most hypnotists will pick people out of the crowd,” Kochendorfer said. “I like to give everybody a chance who wants to give it a shot.

“It’s a lot of fun. I’m going to be dealing with people I know. We do a safe induction. It’s theatrical and it’s safe. I’m not going to be splitting people in half or anything like that.”

Kochendorfer is a 1993 graduate of Hastings High School.