In 2001, following a successful community effort to restore another of Rockfords architectural treasuresthe Coronadoa group of concerned citizens united to form the Friends of Lincoln. Its mission was to restore the beauty and dignity of one of our most under-appreciated structures, Lincoln Middle School.
The school was constructed 75 years ago, and has served the community well as an esteemed hall of learning and a source of architectural pride. The Friends hoped to rekindle a sense of pride in students and faculty alike to further strengthen the facilitys role as a vibrant learning institution. Now, one year later, the dream is becoming a reality.
The restoration project is under way, and a banquet will be held to recognize those who have contributed to the opening of the school as benefactors or as educators. The banquet will be held from 6 to 10 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Cliffbreakers, 700 W. Riverside Boulevard. At the banquet, the Friends will announce the opening of the Lincoln Middle School Hall of Fame. Those who are chosen to enter the Hall of Fame will be given the First Annual Lincoln Capstone Award. The Capstone recognizes Lincoln alums, current and retired faculty, or benefactors of the school whose professional accomplishments or community involvement make them positive role models for current and future students.
Keynote speakers will be former U.S. Representative John B. Anderson (alum) and Dr. Timothy Johnson, ABC News medical correspondent (alum).
Entertainment will be provided by pianist Joel Ross (alum), violinist Carmen Pursley (retired faculty), saxophonist Harlan Jefferson (alum) and trumpeter Mike Dzik (alum). Presenting sponsor will be Jimmy Vitale.
Cost is $25 per plate. All proceeds benefit the LMS Restoration project. Call (815) 229-2400 to make reservations.
Media sponsors are MANIFESTO Advertising, hc Johnson Press, Insight Communications and Fudow International Communications. Award sponsors are SwedishAmerican Health System, Diane Meltmar Realtors, J. Carlson Growers, John Holub and Paul Logli, and the family of Daniel Bonne.