Where Past Meets Present

History Makers 2018


at the 2018 History Makers Event!

Help recognize the recipients of six awards for their significant contributions to Rock County, at this Solid Gold ‘70s-themed event. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into the 1970s at the Eclipse Center while dancing the night away to ‘70s music.

Enjoy a delicious seated dinner by Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint. A live auction rounds out the evening. Dress in your best 1970s-inspired attire … if you so desire.

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2018 History Makers Award Winners

RCHS History Makers Generations Award

The Grafft Family

Owners of Grafft Investments Real Estate Re-Development, Janesville.

RCHS History Makers Community Pride Award

Kay Demrow

A leader in the renovation of a new site for the Luther Valley Historical Society, Footville.

RCHS History Makers The Scholar Award

Thomas McBride

Author; Professor Emeritus of English and Humanities at Beloit College.

RCHS History Makers The Phoenix Award

Diane Hendricks

Chairman and co-founder, ABC Supply; chairman of Hendricks Holding Co., Beloit.

RCHS History Makers Good Neighbor Award

Rick McGrath & Ana Kelly

Active in numerous community initiatives; Rick also chairs the Beloit Landmarks Commission.

RCHS History Makers Young Historian Award

Craig High School Acappella Choir

Entertained at the 2017 White House Holiday Event.

Ticket Information

  • $75 per person

Or, buy a table with friends and save!

  • $500 for a table of 8

Ticket sales for RCHS members begin March 14.

General ticket sales take place from March 22 – April 21.

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Giving Back

By purchasing a ticket to History Makers, you’ll be helping the Rock County Cancer Coalition. A portion of all event proceeds will be donated to this nonprofit organization, which works to assist and educate cancer patients and the community.

Your Evening at a Glance

Saturday, April 28

  • 5:45 p.m. Doors open and check-in begins
  • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Music and cocktails
  • 7:00 p.m. Dinner served
  • 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Award presentations and live auction
  • 8:45 – 10-ish p.m. Dancing and cocktails (Having fun? Stay awhile!)
History Makers 2018 live auction item

Live Auction Sneak Peek

Sunday Funday in the Infamous “Green Machine” Package

Spend the day touring Monroe in this 1973 GMC Sequoia RV! This tour for 8 people in the “Green Machine” is from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and includes visits to favorite spots. Snacks and Bloody Mary’s also included.

Dates to be determined; not good during winter months. Sponsored and hosted by Todd Kimball and Jeni Lindstrom.

Scenes from the 2017 History Makers Event

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