The Don Smith
Orchestra will provide dance music, and Lincoln College executive
chef Warren Wendlandt will prepare an elaborate buffet meal. A
benefit auction is planned, with both live and silent auction items.
Silent auction items include a strand of black pearls, a family
portrait package by AMP Studio, a pair of urns with a dried floral
arrangement, an Abraham Lincoln statue, Civil War bullets and a Mary
Todd Lincoln cake prepared by the Lincoln College food service from
a recipe used by Mrs. Lincoln.
Live auction items include a limousine and dinner package, a
behind-the-scenes tour of Millennium Park in Chicago, led by Edward
K. Uhlir; a bat signed by Cubs shortstop Normar Garciaparra; a
Confederate officer's sword; a handmade summer quilt; a set of Civil
War pipes; four tickets to a St. Louis Rams game; a two-night stay
at the Talbott Hotel in Chicago; a reproduction of a Schwinn
bicycle; and two tickets to see “Hairspray” at Chicago's Cadillac
Palace Theatre in December, with overnight accommodations at the
University Club in Chicago included.
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Marilyn Craig of Lincoln, who is chairing the Grand Soiree, said
it has been fun organizing the event. "I appreciate all the
wonderful help I have received, and the money raised helps preserve
the many historic items found at the Lincoln College Museum, so it's
a good cause," she said.
The Grand Soiree, a Lincoln College tradition, is a major
fundraiser for the Lincoln College Museum, which has received
national recognition on CSPAN. All proceeds from the Grand Soiree
help support the ongoing needs of one of Lincoln's great historic
Ticket price for the event is $75 per person. For information on
tickets, call Jean Ann Miller at 732-3155, ext. 251.
College news release]