Shadow or not, Groundhog Gala is on

SYCAMORE – The Midwest Museum of Natural History is preparing for the sixth annual Groundhog Gala fundraising event at the museum on Saturday, Feb. 1.

“The event is our largest for the year, and it’s an opportunity for us to see the community come together to help out,” said Cindy Chang, acting director of the museum.

The event will feature catered food, live music, a silent auction, and a cash bar. Chang said that the focus of the evening will be the many programs that the museum presents throughout the year, as well as projects that staff and volunteers undertake behind the scenes, such as cataloging artifacts and live animal care.

“We really want to show all of our supporters what they are supporting and how it helps us,” said Bethany Gilliam, staff member at the museum.

All proceeds from the gala and the silent auction will be used to sustain the museum’s exhibitions, collection care, and animal care, Chang said.

The gala runs from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 425 W. State St. in Sycamore. Tickets are $35 each or $60 for a pair, and can be purchased in advance by phone or at the museum.

Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, visit or call 815-895-9777.

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