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The Hemingway 100-Year Graduation Party
Sat, June 17, 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT
The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park is pleased to announce its second annual Hemingway Benefit, “The 100-Year Graduation Party,” on Saturday, June 17, from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Hemingway Museum. This celebratory event will commemorate Hemingway’s graduation from Oak Park River Forest High School in 1917. What’s more, the benefit is a testament to our mission statement because it supports the development and mentoring of young writers through the EHFOP Scholarship Fund and essay contest.
Hemingway honed his literary style writing for the Oak Park River Forest High School student newspaper, The Trapeze, and the student literary magazine, The Tabula, which lives on as the school’s annual yearbook. Since Ernest’s graduation in 1917, thousands of students have walked the same halls, inspired by the school’s most illustrious alumnus. The Foundation considers it an honor to preserve the legacy of Oak Park’s native son through support of his birthplace home and museum, which are visited by thousands of people each year.
The evening will feature performances by the OPRFHS Jazz Ensemble and the Julian Spoken Word Club, delicious food from Winberie's, cocktails by Papa’s Pilar, wine, Lagunitas beer, and a fabulous silent auction. Guests will have the opportunity to take a picture alongside Ernest’s yearbook photo and write a Hemingway inspired six-word short story on a vintage typewriter. We will also introduce our second annual publication of “Hemingway Shorts” — a collection of short stories submitted by emerging writers, as well as the publication of the top three student essays.
In addition to proceeds benefiting the Foundation’s current programming and birth home maintenance, we will introduce the winner of the second annual EHFOP Scholarship Fund. It will be awarded to an incoming senior at Oak Park River Forest High School and will include a mentorship with our 2017-2019 Writer-in-Residence. Ten percent of the benefit’s proceeds are allocated to this fund.
Tickets purchased for the event include a one year membership to the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park. This event is also the Foundation's annual meeting.
Cocktail attire is suggested.
Generously sponsored by:
Lisa and Ray Lewis
Allan and Jan Baldwin