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Lincoln College Museum announces 30th Grand Soiree date and auction items

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[AUG. 22, 2005]  The Lincoln College Museum Grand Soiree is scheduled for Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Davidson-Sheffer Gymnasium on campus. This is the 30th year for the annual museum fundraiser.

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 treasures.

Ticket price for the event is $75 per person. For information on tickets, call Jean Ann Miller at 732-3155, ext. 251.

[Lincoln College news release]

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