Highlights

    See what makes the Celebrate Iowa Gala unique and how it has helped give Iowans access to arts, history and culture experiences at the State Historical Museum of Iowa and across the state.

    2015

    • VIP Sponsor Reception with Honorary Chairs Governor Terry E. Branstad & First Lady Chris Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds & Mr. Kevin Reynolds
    • Unique foods and cocktails from across the state
    • Musical Performances by violinist Genevieve Salamone, Max Wellman, and the Dandelion Stompers
    • Iowa Culture Experience allowed guests to place themselves at one of Iowa’s historic sites
    • Artists from The Portrait Studio created unique, hand-drawn portraits of attendees
    • Guests were the first to see A Record of Service, a new display commemorating Governor Branstad’s milestone of becoming the longest-serving governor in American history

    2014

    • VIP & Sponsor Reception with Honorary Chairs Governor Terry E. Branstad and First Lady Chris Branstad
    • Special Guest Mr. Norman Lear, legendary Hollywood producer and Honorary Iowan
    • Featured performance by the Revival Center Church Choir
    • Academy Award living statue and Donna Reed impersonator
    • Edible Iowa cupcake mural

    2013

    • VIP & Sponsor Reception featuring Ballet Des Moines with Honorary Chairs Governor Terry E. Branstad and First Lady Chris Branstad
    • Civil War interpreters and century artifacts from 1913
    • 18-piece big band Turner Center Jazz Orchestra
    • Iowa’s Best Burger
    • Rand McNally globe from the former Des Moines Register building

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