Gala fundraiser planned for September 27, 2014

The Lincoln Heritage Museum will hold its annual gala fundraiser, the Grand Soirée, on Saturday, September 27, 2014, in the Jack D. Nutt Arena in the Lincoln Center. The event starts at 5:30 p.m., and includes hors d’oeuvres, baked quail and prime beef tenderloin dinner inspired by Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural White House menu, open bar, and benefit auction. Entertainment will be provided by the Lincoln College Jazz Combo. Business or evening dress is requested (black tie optional). The cost is $85 per person. Seats are limited; contact the Museum at (217) 735-7399 for reservations.

Over 40 items will be auctioned, including tickets to the Chicago Symphony, a deluxe Greek dinner for 10, and a variety of Abraham Lincoln-associated items. Several area artists have donated to the auction as well, including Deb Andrews, Randy Washam, Renee Sisk, Toby Prange, Lee Hahn, Kerry Rolewicz, and Wendy and Terry Bell. There will also be a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds from the Grand Soirée help support the Lincoln Heritage Museum’s educational programs and exhibits.

Since it opened in April, thousands of people have visited the new Museum and enthusiastically embraced its unique approach to the story of Abraham Lincoln. Anne Moseley, the Museum’s assistant director and member of the Soirée planning committee, hopes that enthusiasm will be evident in attendance at the Grand Soirée as well.

“The Grand Soirée has been the event of the season here in Lincoln for over thirty years. It is perhaps the best party in town! But it’s more than just an elegant night out. By attending the Soirée, guests are helping preserve our nation’s heritage in one of the country’s premier museums, and ensuring our community’s tie with one of the greatest Americans ever,” said Moseley.