Lincoln College Announces Grand Soirée to Benefit Museum
Black-Tie Optional Event Celebrates
Lincoln’s 1860 Presidential Election
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[September 13, 2016]
- Lincoln College will be opening its doors this month for its
annual gala premiere, the Grand Soirée. This event helps celebrate
the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln while helping the Lincoln
Heritage Museum raise funds to continue to conserve historical
artifacts as well as grow its educational outreach efforts.
The annual Grand Soirée is open to the public and set for
Saturday, Sept. 24. Attendees will be taken back in time as they
experience Abraham Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. The
black-tie optional event includes a cocktail reception, live and
silent auction, dinner and dancing. Highlights of the evening
- The Nation’s Choice exhibit, highlighting Lincoln’s 1860
- A benefit auction with a wide range of items: Tickets to the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Private tour and lunch at the Dana
Thomas House, central Illinois tour of Lincoln historical sites
given by noted Abraham Lincoln historian Guy Fraker, Custom made
suit by Bill Steele, and much more
- Entertainment provided by River City String Quartet
- Living history presenters portraying Mary Todd Lincoln and
- Raffle tickets for a six course meal and wine pairing for up
to 10 guests by renowned Biaggi’s chef, Troy Tomlinson
This is the 41st anniversary for the Grand Soirée, which
began as a University Hall restoration fundraiser in 1975. Since
1978, it has served as the primary fundraising event for the
Lincoln Heritage Museum.
All of the net proceeds from the black-tie optional event go
directly towards the conservation efforts of historical
artifacts as well as the educational outreach component of the
Lincoln Heritage Museum to further its mission to “Learn from
Lincoln, Live like Lincoln”. The museum’s goal is to interpret
for the public the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln and the
world in which he lived-particularly as it pertained to Illinois
while continuing to be an academic resource for students from
elementary school through adulthood.
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Dr. David Gerlach, president of Lincoln College said the Grand Soirée is the
College’s way to celebrate its deep connections with Lincoln, both the former
president and the community it calls home.
“We have a really special place in the Lincoln Heritage Museum to share
Lincoln’s important life lessons, and the Grand Soirée is another opportunity to
invite people to learn both from our nation’s great president and how Lincoln
College has grown out of his legacy,” Gerlach said. “We encourage everyone to
come celebrate and support the Museum and its educational efforts.”
The Grand Soirée begins at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, the 24h, at the Jack D. Nutt
Arena in the Lincoln Center, adjacent to the Museum. Business or evening dress
is requested (black tie optional). The cost is $95 per person for open seating.
Tables may be reserved for $760 for a table of eight. If interested in learning
more about the various sponsorships still available, please call Lincoln
Heritage Museum Director Tom McLaughlin directly at (217) 735-7254.
Seats are limited. Interested persons should make reservations by Wednesday,
Sept. 14, by calling 217-735-7217 or online at the Lincoln Heritage Museum
website – http://museum.lincoln
college.edu and clicking on the 2016 Grand Soirée reservation link.
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