The Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, including the Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership, will be closed on the following dates: June 2, 2013 and June 5, 2013.
Ford's Theatre Annual Gala
The Ford’s Theatre Annual Gala was held on Sunday, June 3, 2012.
This year’s event celebrated courageous American stories from the Revolutionary War to the present day through performance and song. Highlights included appearances by host Scott Bakula, soprano Anna Christy, musical duo The Civil Wars, R&B icon Bettye LaVette, actor and vocalist Matthew Morrison, and 1776 cast members Robert Cuccioli, Bobby Smith and others. Following the performance, guests dined at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum.
The evening also included the presentation of the Lincoln Medal to Morgan Freeman and Elie Wiesel, two individuals whose extraordinary character, accomplishments and life work reflect Lincoln’s legacy of leadership, service, humanity, wisdom, eloquence and vision.
First Lady Michelle Obama served as the Honorary Chair of the gala celebration. Honorary Co-chairs were Mrs. Landra Reid, The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, Mrs. Cynthia Rogers, Mrs. Deborah I. Dingell, Dr. Sharon Malone and Mrs. Catherine B. Reynolds.
The Ford’s Theatre Annual Gala benefits the Ford’s Theatre Society and its programming, including exhibits at the new Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership (opened February 2012). This event was made possible by the generous support of lead sponsor General Dynamics and American Airlines, the official airline of Ford’s Theatre.
For more information about Ford’s annual gala, please contact the development department at (202) 434-9523.
2012 Lincoln Medal Recipients
The ensemble of the Ford’s Theatre Annual Gala 2012. Photo by Margot Schulman.