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Highland Foundation holds the Legacy Celebration Gala on Saturday, May 11

Highland Foundation holds the Legacy Celebration Gala on Saturday, May 11

The Highland Community College Foundation invites supporters of the institution to attend its Legacy Celebration Gala on Saturday, May 11 beginning at 4 p.m. on Highland’s campus in Freeport.

The evening highlights the presentation of the HCC Delbert Scheider Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award. This recognition honors an individual who has made a lasting impact on the college and its success, and this year is awarded to Todd Weegens, former Highland Foundation president.

There will be a formal program and a Toast to Transformation — with this year’s focus on the more than $4.6M raised as part of the College’s Legacy Campaign.

The Legacy Gala begins at 4 p.m. with complimentary cocktails at stations around campus highlighting investment in capital and program improvements on campus. The fundraising event continues with a formal dinner, entertainment, a silent auction, and the “$6,000 in six minutes” challenge for the H.O.P.E. student emergency fund.

“It’s important to note Highland’s success began from visionary leaders,” said Dan Dick, Executive Director of the Foundation. “This year marks the 61st graduating class. As we celebrate 60-plus years, we look back at the leadership and legacy of those who came before us. The trust they’ve instilled in us to continue serving our students and community is something we should never lose focus on.”

Dick says the Legacy Gala will help Highland continue to provide an exceptional experience by funding efforts to enhance student engagement, evolving essential academic programs and partnerships, and exploring and expanding workforce connections through business and community supporters.

During the Legacy Gala, the Highland Foundation will recognize individuals and corporate partners who demonstrate a shared responsibility in transforming students’ lives through an accessible, affordable, and rigorous learning experience.

Tickets to attend are $75; bidding in the online auction does not require attendance and can be accessed at, or by calling the Foundation office at 815-599-3413.