Annual Gala

Ruby Gala: Celebrating 40 Years
Thank you to all who attended on Nov. 5, 2016! See you in 2017!

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 was the Ruby Gala. Our annual dinner, dance, and auction to benefit the Swedish American Museum was held at the Cathedral Hall of the University Club.

Thank you to our 2016 Ruby Gala Sponsors:

  • Ulla Brunk
  • Swedish Covenant Hospital    
  • Dan & Yoko Juran/Rings Capital Management LLC   
  • Wayne E. Nelson
  • Ken Norgan       
  • Oberlander Group/Merrill Lynch
  • Donna & Anders Gustafsson
  • Volvo
  • Larry & Laura Ekstrom    
  • SkyBridge Resource Center
  • Law Office A E Gustafsson  
  • Kerstin and Gunnar Andersson  
  • Dennis and Birgitta Hulth    
  • Kerstin & Joe Lane
  • LKAB
  • Joan Papadopoulos
  • Kate M. Sheehy
  • Jim & Robin Thybony


Interested in sponsoring the ball or making a donation to our silent auction? Contact the Museum at 773.728.8111 or via email at Can’t make it or want to lend a helping hand? You can still make a donation using the button below.



live-auction-itemsIs your company or organization interested in donating to our auction for the Ruby Gala? Please contact the Museum at 773.728.8111 or via email at

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.