Tie one on with Gene!

Wondering what to wear to the Local Legends event on September 24?

Be like Gene, our dapper honoree, and don your favorite bow tie. Follow Gene's instructional video and get ready to tie one on! 

Click here to watch Gene's Bow-Tie Tutorial 


We're thrilled to be honoring Dr. Eugene Hotchkiss III as our 2020 Local Legend.

A highly respected leader and biographer, Gene Hotchkiss has inspired, molded and illuminated the lives of so many; now we will have the chance to hear him tell his own story. He will be interviewed by journalist Larry Potash.

Thursday, September 24  7PM

Attend online in the comfort of your home


Buy Tickets and Kudos

Tickets to the virtual event are $50 per household.

For an additional $50 you can write a personal note to Gene and have it included in a special keepsake book that our Local Legend will receive after the event.


Kudos!  $50

Write Gene a Congratulatory Note to be included in a Keepsake Book

Sponsor the 2020 Local Legends Event

In addition to purchasing tickets or kudos, you can also honor Gene and support the History Center by becoming an Event Sponsor at one of the following levels:

Big Man on Campus! $500

Receive recognition in the pre-event slide show and have your personal note to Gene included in a keepsake book.

Sponsor Roll Call to Date:

Ginny and John Andersen

Jeff Anderson

Charlie and Calvine Bowen

Winnie and Bob Crawford

Madeleine Dugan

David and Molly Forlow

Jack Frigo

Anne and Rob Krebs

Fred and Jeanne Jackson

Hal Jones and Maya Pearcy

Mary and John Ormsby

Marian Pawlick

Juliet Priebe

Nancy and Adrian Smith

Alain and Barbara Wood-Prince


Cheers! $1000

Have a signature cocktail kit delivered from Inovasi to your door to enjoy during the event. 

And, record a 30-second congratulatory video message for Gene to be showcased at the event.

Sponsor Roll Call to Date:

Mary and Chip Brennan

Liam Connell

Gay and Otto Georgi

The Hale Family

Edgar Jannotta

Paula and John Lillard

Pam and David Waud


Bon Appetit! $2500

Throw a dinner party in true Hotchkiss style! 

Have a gourmet meal and a signature cocktail kit for four delivered from Inovasi to your door; record a 30 second video greeting for Gene and enjoy all of the other benefits of sponsorship.

Sponsor Roll Call to Date:

Peter and Crissy Cherry

Tom and Nancy Thomson

Hats Off to Gene! $5000

Be widely recognized as the Key Sponsor of the Local Legends event in all pre-publicity and the event slide show.

Receive all sponsorship benefits including a gourmet meal and signature cocktail kit for six delivered from Inovasi to your door and the opportunity to record a 30 second video greeting to Gene. 


Local Legends is the History Center's Annual Fundraiser.

Help us continue to fund educational programming for virtual classrooms from grade 5 through college, expand our programs and exhibits and preserve our archives. The History Center is the only organization dedicated to collecting both Lake Forest and Lake Bluff history and saving it for future generations.

If you prefer to pay by check:

Please make your check payable to History Center Lake Forest-Lake Bluff and mail to The History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff, 509 East Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045.

Have questions? Please call 847.234.5253 during open hours, Tu and Wed 1-4pm and Th 10am - 1pm or email Lisa Frey at lfrey@lflbhistory.org


With heartfelt thanks, 


Local Legends Event Co-Chairs:

Kim Placentino and Maria Westropp


Jeff Arch

Julie Barry

Mary Christoff

Kathy Dasso

Maddie Dugan

Shanise Evans

David Forlow

Otto Georgi

Dave Grinnell

Katie Hale

Gene Hotchkiss

Tom Hunter

Fred Jackson

Ann Jones

Rich Kosmerl

Alan Lowe

Jan MacDougal

Bob Marshall

Kate Mursau

Nancy Novit

John Ormsby

Lauren Peters

Kim Placentino

Katherine Saville

Bill Schumann

Frank Sibley

Tom Thomson

Pam Waud

Maria Westropp




509 East Deerpath I Lake Forest, IL 60045            847.234.5253 I info@lflbhistory.org I lflbhistory.org