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Gold Medal Gala


                  You are cordially invited to attend

                             To benefit Literacy 2020

The Waukegan Public Library is committed to increase literacy levels by 25% by the year 2020 with relevant and innovative classes, resources, and services that help community members be successful, regardless of barriers such as language, educational attainment levels or income. All classes are free to the public.

“The ability to read affects everything from graduation rates to employment as well as crime, health care, and our overall standard of living. At the library, we are committed to creating a community of readers with our “Path to Learning and Literacy.” When our residents are successful, our city will be successful.” – Richard Lee, Executive Director

All funds raised at the Gold Medal Gala benefit new and existing literacy initiatives at the Library through the Waukegan Public Library Foundation.


                            Saturday, April 26, 2014
               Cocktails and Silent Auction at 5:30 p.m.
                    Program and Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
                            Glen Flora Country Club
               2200 North Sheridan Road, Waukegan, IL

                      Purchase tickets below or contact
                                   Kim Vander Yacht
                            (847) 623-2041, ext. 244

                      email kvyacht [at] waukeganpl [dot] info

Gold Medal Gala Tickets

Can’t attend? We have sponsorships opportunities available or make a tax-deductible donation through Paypal.


With Special Guest Speaker
Robert B. Barnett
Partner at Williams & Connolly LLP
Waukegan Township High School Class of 1964

Robert Barnett was born and raised in Waukegan. His father ran the Social Security Office and his mother worked at the Globe Department Store. Among his earliest memories are “Story Hour” at the Carnegie library building on Sheridan Road, being old enough to have his own library card, the Bookmobile in the summer, meeting Jack Benny, and 5 cents for an overdue book. He graduated as Valedictorian from Waukegan Township High School in 1964.


Today, Mr. Barnett represents major corporations, premier authors, representatives of television news correspondents and producers, and former government officials in litigation matters, contracts, crisis management, and media relations. During his thirty years of practice, he has represented clients before almost every executive department and administrative agency in Washington. His clients have included Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, James Patterson, Barbra Streisand, Mary Higgins Clark, McDonald’s Corporation, General Electric, and Comcast.


Mr. Barnett has worked on nine national presidential campaigns, focusing on debate preparation and played the Republican in practice debates with Geraldine Ferraro, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Joe Lieberman, and John Edwards. He assisted Hillary Rodham Clinton with her Senate debate preparations in 2000 and 2006 and helped prepare her for 23 presidential primary debates in 2008. He also worked with Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.


Mr. Barnett was ranked Number One on Washingtonian magazine’s list of “Washington’s Best Lawyers” and as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal. He was also named one of the one hundred most powerful people in the entertainment industry by Entertainment Weekly Magazine. He joined Williams & Connolly LLP in 1975 and has been a partner since 1978.