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 at the Cathedral Hall of the University Club.

Click here to download an invitation. Confirmed reservations are required to attend. You may also purchase tickets online using the button below:

40th Anniversary Ruby Gala

Thank you to our 2016 Ruby Gala Sponsors:
Swedish Covenant Hospital
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.org. Click 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 using the button below.

Raffle Tickets

Raffle tickets for the Ruby Gala are available for purchase at the Kerstin Andersson Museum Store. Winners will be announced at the benefit on Saturday, Nov. 5; winners need not be present to win.

In celebration of our ruby anniversary, we will raffle off a 2.20 carat pear shaped ruby surrounded by brilliant diamonds, courtesy of Wilmette Jewelers. The pendant is .28 carats on an 18k white gold, 16-inch cable chain. The retail value is $5,000. Raffle tickets for the ruby necklace are $100 each.

If you wish to purchase the raffle tickets included with your 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. Please contact the Museum at 773.728.8111 or via email at museum@samac.org

Previous donated auction items include a special autographed Blackhawks jersey, first class plane tickets with Delta, Cubs tickets, Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean Vacuum, jewelry from Tiffany, a Koval Distillery tour and tasting, Art by Siv Lindgren, spa and salon packages, and many more!

Donating an auction item from your company or organization is a great way to gain exposure for your brand and give back to your community. Donations are tax deductible.

The Three Crowns BallMarie and Johan Landfors look at silent auction



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