Special Events

Ruby Gala: Celebrating 40 Years
6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

Ruby Gala graphicThe Swedish American Museum’s annual fundraising event is a night of fun and celebration of Swedish and Swedish-American heritage and culture. A silent auction is held, and Museum guests are treated to a night of celebration of the Museum’s mission and accomplishments.

In honor of our fortieth anniversary, this year’s theme is the Ruby Gala. Our annual dinner, dance, and auction to benefit the Swedish American Museum will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Cathedral Hall of the University Club.

Invitations will be mailed, but tickets will be available for purchase on our website soon. Confirmed reservations are required to attend.

Thank you to our 2016 Ruby Gala Sponsors:
Wayne Nelson
Ken Norgan
Oberlander Group/Merrill Lynch
Joan Papadopoulos
Donna & Anders Gustafsson



Interested in sponsoring the ball or making a donation to our silent auction? Contact the Museum at 773.728.8111 or via email at museum@samac.orgClick here to view the levels of sponsorship for this year’s gala. Can’t make it or want to lend a helping hand? You can still make a donation with the below button.

Raffle Tickets

Raffle tickets for the Ruby Gala will be available for purchase at the Kerstin Andersson Museum Store at the Swedish American Museum closer to the date of the event. Ticket costs and prizes to be announced soon. Winners will be announced at the benefit on Saturday, Nov. 5; winners need not be present to win.

If you wish to purchase the raffle tickets included with your mailed invitation, you may fill out the tickets and drop them off at the Museum or mail them to the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640) with payment. Raffle tickets must be received by Friday, Nov. 4 to be entered. However, additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the ball on Saturday, Nov. 5.


Is your company or organization interested in donating to our auction for the Ruby Gala? We will update this section soon with forms and information about making a donation.

Click here or read below find a sample of items available at last year’s auction:

Special Autographed Blackhawks Jersey, First Class Plane Tickets with Delta, Sightseeing Tours, Cubs Tickets, Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean Vacuum, Jewelry from Tiffany, Koval Distillery Tour and Tasting, Art by Siv Lindgren, Spa and Salon Packages, Tasty Treats, and Other Gourmet Gifts and much more…too many amazing things to list them all here!


Past Galas

Three Crowns Ball: Annual Dinner, Dance and Auction

The Three Crowns BallMarie and Johan Landfors look at silent auction

Thank you to all of our guests, sponsors and donors! On Nov. 7 we honored North Park University’s Center for Scandinavian Studies and Dr. Charles Peterson for their contributions to the Swedish-American community. It was a terrific evening with friends. We want to thank all who attended our gala as well as those individuals and businesses that donated to our silent and live auctions and raffle.



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