annual Grand Soirée is open to the public and set for Saturday,
Sept. 30. Attendees will be taken back in time to the glamour and
glitz of old Hollywood. The black-tie optional event includes a
cocktail reception, live and silent auction, dinner and dancing.
Highlights of the evening include:
benefit auction with a wide range of items including
hand-crafted Adirondack chairs and table, a guitar signed by
country music sensation Keith Urban, a unique overnight trip to
the Field Museum in Chicago, Custom made suit by Bill Steele,
and much more;
Entertainment provided by Mr. Ed. Clark; and
Raffle tickets for an exclusive “Ultimate Broadway Experience”
including round-trip airfare to NYC, hotel accommodations,
tickets to a Broadway show, and much more!
the 42nd 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
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 30th, 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 calling
217-735-7217 or online at the Lincoln Heritage Museum website –
– and clicking on the 2016 Grand Soirée reservation link.
The 2017 Grand Soirée is proudly sponsored by Platinum Sponsors M.J. Kellner
Food Service, CORE Construction/Otto Baum Foundation, and the law firm of
Samuels, Miller, Schroeder, Jackson & Sly.
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