Where Past Meets Present

History Makers Gala 2019


at the 2019 History Makers Gala!

Help honor the recipients of five awards for their significant contributions to Rock County, this year with the theme of The Golden Age of Hollywood.

We’ll roll out the red carpet for you and your guests, with Hollywood-style surprises all evening long. You’ll be immersed in glamour while enjoying a plated dinner, live music, dancing and a live auction.

Dress in your favorite Hollywood-inspired attire … if you so desire.

Purchase tickets to the History Makers Gala

The 2019 History Makers Gala Award Winners Are ...*

RCHS History Makers Generations Award

Mr. Paul Ryan

Honored for representing the people of Janesville in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District from 1999 – 2019, and serving the nation as the 54th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. By consistently sharing his pride for his hometown throughout his career, Mr. Ryan effectively “put Janesville on the map.”

RCHS History Makers Community Pride Award


ARISE Now, the private-public partnership that supports key activities and organizations working to transform downtown Janesville. Accepting the award will be JoLynn Burden, honored for her work as Director of Development & Community Engagement for Janesville’s ARISE Now.

RCHS History Makers The Phoenix Award

Joe & Tina Pregont

Honored for their work, vision and support in restoring the Tallman Carriage House on the grounds of the Rock County Historical Society. Their involvement in every step of this project was essential in creating this beautiful facility; their goal beyond the restoration was to create a platform that would contribute to the sustainability of RCHS.

RCHS History Makers The Scholar Award

Anna Marie Lux

Honored for her work as a reporter, telling the unique stories of people in our community. Her storytelling has helped the people of this community learn more about their neighbors, and instills a sense of pride in greater Rock County.

RCHS History Makers Good Neighbor Award

Ron & Margaret Delaney

Honored for their work with Janesville’s Look West neighborhood group, serving as a dedicated team making positive changes in their community. The Delaneys have been the epitome of a “good neighbor” to the Rock County Historical Society, supporting the organization in numerous ways for nearly 40 years.

Rock County Historical Society

* Award recipients may designate someone in their absence to accept their awards.

Entertainment by DB Orchestra

DB Orchestra

Lively, loud, and local, the DB Orchestra is one of the hottest new bands in Madison. You’ll hear everything from timeless swinging hits from the 1930s and ’40s, to rock’n’roll classics, show tune medleys, and more.

With nearly 20 musicians, the hot horns, smooth saxes, and driving drums of the DB Orchestra will keep your head humming and toes tapping long after the Gala is over.

Your Evening at a Glance

Saturday, April 27

  • 5:45 p.m. Doors open, check-in begins
  • 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Music and cocktails
  • 6:45 p.m. Dinner served
  • 7:15 p.m. Award presentations and live auction
  • 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Music by DB Orchestra

Live Auction Sneak Peek

Fairmont Resorts 6-Night Canadian Getaway with Airfare for Two

Battle for the high bid on this spectacular package, with stays in Banff, Calgary and Lake Louise. It includes:

  • A total of 4 nights in a Junior Suite at your choice of the Fairmont Banff Springs and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, both prestigious members of Conde Nast’s Gold List and among the Top 500 Hotels in the World according to Travel+Leisure Magazine.
  • 2-night stay in a Junior Suite at the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary, Alberta.
  • Round-trip coach class airfare for two people from within the 48 contiguous U.S. to Calgary, Canada.
  • Daily breakfast for two.
  • Winspire booking & concierge service.

Get Your Tickets Now for the Gala of the Year!

Purchase tickets to the History Makers Gala

  • Buy a table of 8 with friends for $500 and save!

  • For an even more glamorous experience, purchase a VIP “Theme” table for 8 for $750!

    Only 10 of these specialty tables are available, each featuring a different movie theme and Oscar-style gift bags for all! Be treated like Hollywood royalty – reserve your VIP table today.

  • Individual tickets are $75 per person.

Ticket sales for RCHS members begin March 11. Tickets open to the general public on March 18.

NOTE: If you have dietary restrictions, please email Todd Jacot or call 608-756-4509, ext. 302. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.

Scenes from the 2018 History Makers Gala

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