Maroon & Gold Gala/Benefit Lincoln High School

  • 600 East Locust | Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Presented By: Des Moines Lincoln High School
  • Dates: February 23, 2019
  • Location: State Historical Museum of Iowa
  • Phone: (515) 242-7500
  • Start/End Time: 5:30 PM to 11:30 PM
  • Event Times: 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Price: $50 for individuals; $750 for reserved tables
  • Overview

    Second Annual Maroon and Gold Gala to Benefit Lincoln High School Activities - Individual tickets/sponsorship opportunities still available for premiere event at State Historical Building

    Lincoln High School & Build Lincoln Higher (BLH) have announced that the 2nd Annual Maroon & Gold Gala ( will be held on Saturday, February 23, at the State Historical Building, downtown. The semi-formal event begins at 5:30 & features a catered dinner by Baratta’s, entertainment from students, silent & live auctions, live music by Final Mix, dessert-dash game, cash bar & interactive wine experience.

    “While this is only the second time we’ve hosted this event, we are excited with the support we have received from Lincoln High School alumni, family & the community,” said Gala Chair Cara Edmondson. “It is an easy way for everyone to rally around our ‘Southside Pride’ motto. Most importantly, all proceeds from this event benefit the students of Lincoln High School. Money raised will help fund student activity programs including traditional athletics & fine art programs, as well as special interest clubs.”

    This year’s event will also feature two inductions to the Lincoln Athletic Hall of Fame. “At this year’s Gala, we will induct long-time girls’ basketball coach Jerry Schartner and 2007 Lincoln graduate, Kristin Turk,” said Lincoln Activities Director Phil Chia.

    Jerry Schartner coached the Railsplitters for 33 seasons, compiling a 545-200 record with 10 trips to the Girls’ Basketball state tournament. His basketball players hold 17 records and won six consecutive conferences. Many of his athletes went on to play and coach basketball at the collegiate level.

    Kristin Turk was a standout track and basketball athlete at Lincoln. She still holds multiple school and CIML records, including most points in a season and most points in a career. After graduating from Lincoln, Turk attended Drake University on scholarship and excelled for the Bulldogs.

    For anyone interested in attending the event, individual tickets, corporate tables & sponsorship opportunities are still available. “It’s not too late for those interested to attend by purchasing individual tickets for only $50 or a corporate table for 10 for only $750,” said Edmondson. “We have a few, select sponsorship and advertising opportunities remaining for any organization that wants to increase their visibility to Des Moines’ great Southside.”

    Current sponsors: BLH would like to thank the current sponsors of this year’s Maroon and Gold Gala and encourage any other businesses or individuals to consider a sponsorship:

    RE/MAX Concepts Cares
    Senecaut Photography
    Trixies Salon
    Zoom Performance
    Joe Nixon
    Occupational Safety Consultants
    Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping
    Hurd Real Estate
    West Bank
    Wyckoff Heating & Cooling
    Beth Steven
    Electrical Power Products
    Bug Man, Inc

    About Abraham Des Moines Lincoln High School: Since 1923, Abraham Lincoln High School has served the south side of Des Moines. With two campuses, Lincoln Main and the RAILS Academy, Lincoln is one of the largest high schools in Iowa. Home of the Railsplitters, Lincoln has rich academic and athletic traditions. Currently, 1,500 students are involved in 48 different activities at Lincoln High School.

    Our mission statement: To empower all students by providing rigorous and relevant experiences in preparation for success in a global society.

    Contact: Cara Edmondson, Gala Chair and Sponsorship contact, 515-242-7500
    Phil Chia, Activities Director, 515-242-7525