Special Events

The Swedish American Museum’s annual fundraising event is a night of fun and celebration of Swedish and Swedish-American heritage and culture, and it usually takes place in October or November. A silent auction is held, and Museum guests are treated to a night of celebration of the Museum’s mission and accomplishments.

2014 Garden Gala

We will honor Verdandi Lodge No. 3, I.O.S. on Saturday, Nov. 8, at our annual dinner dance and auction to benefit the Swedish American Museum. The theme of this year’s ball, which will be held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, is Garden Gala.

6 p.m. Cocktails and Silent Auction
8 p.m.  Dinner and Program

Black Tie Optional








We would like to thank our sponsors for this year’s Garden Gala.


Ulla and Bertil Brunk

Edith-Marie Appleton Foundation


Great Lakes Clinical Trials

Kenneth Norgan


Anders and Donna Gustafsson

Wayne E. Nelson

Interested in becoming a sponsor or donating an item to our silent auction? You can click here to read about the sponsorship levels and benefits.

Garden Gala Sponsorship Levels

Raffle Prizes

Unable to attend the Garden Gala but would still like to take part in the fun? Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the Museum. Buy one ticket for $10 or  six for $50. Winners will be announced at the benefit on Saturday, Nov. 8 and need not be present to win.

Grand Prize
Blackhawks Jersey Signed by Niklas Hjalmarsson

Second Prize
Tulip Tray by Svenskt Tenn and $150 Gift Certificate to the Kerstin Andersson Museum Store

Third Prize
Two Tickets to SACC’s Lucia Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 5

Fourth Prize
Two Tickets to Julbord at Tre Kronor Restaurant during December 2014
(Restrictions Apply)

Fifth Prize
Two Tickets to Julmiddag at the Swedish American Museum on Sunday, Dec. 21

Silent Auction

At our silent auction, guests can find a myriad of gifts to bid on and bring home. There is something for everyone from the foodie to the sports fanatic. Here is a small sampling of some of the items that will be part of this year’s Garden Gala silent auction:

First class domestic airplane tickets with Delta, Blackhawks jersey autographed by Swedish player Marcus Krüger, Chicago Cubs tickets, Lenovo Yoga Tablet, wine and cheese pairing for four at Zed451 and much more.

You’ll also find a few spa and salon packages, homemade tasty treats, gourmet gift baskets, treasures for the little ones, and gift certificates for great shops and restaurants around town.



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