On February 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm, the Midwest Museum of Natural History is hosting its 9th annual Groundhog Gala Fundraiser at the Chapel in the Pines, Sycamore. The Gala will feature live music by the Thunderbird Cello Ensemble, a full buffet meal, cash bar, Museum booths, raffle, and silent auction.

All proceeds from the Groundhog Gala will go directly into helping the Museum’s resources grow. “Money raised at this year’s Gala will be used in part to help elevate and expand our educational programming. Each year, we have taken great strides to provide programs for the community that are fun, educational, and engaging. One area of focus in 2017 will be our outreach programs. We hope to strengthen these programs by creating more offerings and expanding our footprint. MMNH recognizes that schools need flexibility with our offerings, and bringing the Museum to them makes the most sense with limited budgets,” stated Executive Director, Cindy Khatri.

The silent auction features some of the best items the Museum’s Gala has offered, including something for everyone. For the sports enthusiast, autographed memorabilia from Chicago teams such as the Cubs and Bears will be available. Love luxury items? A gorgeous Le Coeur watch and designer cosmetics are sure to catch the eye! Those looking to plan a date night or stay-cation can find incredible activities with Chicago museum passes, NIU Football Season Tickets, whiskey tastings, and tickets to Chicago theaters.

“The Groundhog Gala is a wonderful event for the Museum. It is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Museum, providing significant funding for all aspects of operations, including its educational programming, exhibit development, and collection care. Last year, money raised from the Gala helped to jump-start conservation efforts for the Museum’s collection. Since then, we have completely reorganized our collections room and purchased a brand-new museum-grade vacuum to clean our taxidermy specimens. Without the donations from the Gala, we never would have been able to move forward with this next step in preserving our collection,” continued Khatri.

Take the first step in supporting the Museum’s mission by saving the date and purchasing tickets today. Tickets for the event are $45 each, two for $80, or a table of eight for $275. Stop by the Museum, or call 815-895-9777. The Groundhog Gala is generously sponsored in part by the Chapel in the Pines, Anonymous, Curran Contracting/Royer Asphalt, Pardridge Insurance, MVP’s Sports Bar, Pub 64, the Thunderbird Cello Ensemble, and the DeKalb Police Department.

The Midwest Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit institution that does not receive any support from tax dollars. MMNH operates from funds raised through programming, attendance, donations, memberships, grants, and special events like the Groundhog Gala. Our mission is to inspire our community’s appreciation of natural history using shared experiences through collections, exhibits, and education. To find out more about the museum, visit