Thank You

You’re Invited to a Gala Celebrating Iowa's Arts, History and Culture

Join the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, along with Honorary Chairs Governor Terry E. Branstad & First Lady Chris Branstad

Friday, December 12, 2014
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
VIP Reception 6:00 – 7:00 pm

State Historical Building
600 East Locust Street, Des Moines, IA

Holiday Cocktail attire

Proceeds support Iowa programs exhibits and initiatives funded by the Iowa Historical Foundation, a 501(c)(3)

Gala at a Glance

View the program.

6:00 pm:  Ticketed VIP Reception featuring new exhibition Hollywood in the Heartland

  • Special Guest Mr. Norman Lear, celebrating his Iowa-filmed movie, Cold Turkey, other classic films (The Princess Bride, Stand By Me), iconic television career (The Jeffersons, All in the Family) and new memoir, Even This I Get to Experience
  • 45 RPM Barbershop Quartet, Des Moines
  • Signature drink & special sampling from Mississippi River Distilling Company, LeClaire

7:00-8:45 pm:  Registration and Gala Main Event

  • Jive for Five quintet, North Central Iowa
  • Edible mural by Crème Cupcake & Dessert Lounge, Des Moines
  • Iowa Craft Beers
  • Foods, beverages and desserts from Ames, Ankeny, Council Bluffs, Indianola, Milton, Newton, North Liberty, Norwalk, Prairie City, Templeton and more

Approximately 8:00 pm:  Remarks and Featured Performance

  • Master of Ceremonies Steve Berry, Prairie Meadows
  • Iowa Dept. of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie
  • Governor Terry E. Branstad
  • Revival Center Church Choir, Des Moines

9:30-11:00 pm:  Entertainment

  • Bob Dorr and The Blue Band, Eastern Iowa
  • Dancing
  • Late night snacks

Complimentary Transportation

  • Valet service under Portico at Locust St. entrance
  • Self-service parking in ramp at East Grand and Pennsylvania Ave.
  • One-way cab rides home (15-mile radius) provided by Doll Distributing

Tickets include foods, desserts, wine, beer, soda, signature drinks, entertainment and coat check. Cash bar for cocktails.