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Highland Community College Legacy Gala held on November 2

The Highland Community College inaugural Legacy Gala is on Saturday, November 2 at the Wagner House in Freeport, with the presentation of the first-ever HCC Legacy Lifetime Achievement award.

The Legacy Gala will carry on the successful tradition of the former Shindig. Funds raised from the Legacy Gala will be directed to the highest and greatest needs of the College.

“The HCC Foundation’s Shindig has been a long-standing, community event and we thank everyone who has been a part of it,” said Jeff Reinke, Highland Community College Foundation Executive Director. “The goal of the inaugural Legacy Gala is to highlight Highland programs while engaging alums and corporations throughout the district.”

At the Legacy Gala, the HCC Foundation will recognize individuals and corporate partners that demonstrate a shared responsibility in transforming the lives of the students through an accessible, affordable, and rigorous learning experience. The fundraising event continues with the traditional dinner, entertainment, silent auction as well as the $5,000 in five minutes for the H.O.P.E. student emergency fund.

The evening highlights the first presentation of the HCC Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors an individual who has made a lasting impact on Highland Community College and its success. The 2019 inaugural recipient is Del Scheider, one of the “founding fathers” of HCC, and a lifetime member of the HCC Foundation Board of Directors.

The venue will seat 330 guests and early registration is encouraged. There will be a seated dinner on the third floor, followed by a formal program. A silent auction and live entertainment will be featured on the second floor of the Wagner House.

Tickets are $90 per person if registered before October 1 (or $100 after). For more information go to or call 815-599-3413.