Brought back by popular demand, the 2nd Annual Christmas at the Dole Gala, provides entertainment, enchantment, and elegance for all who attend. Guests enjoy a grand entrance to the Dole Mansion, cocktail hour and appetizers in the historic Mansion, a plated dinner in the Sage Gallery, live surprise entertainment, Silent and Spot Auctions, and an “After Party” following dinner in ‘the Listening Room’! We’re thrilled to announce this year’s event will be themed with a Roaring 20’s motif that honors the history of our property while giving the holidays a fun and festive flair. The Gala is a must-attend event in McHenry County! The annual Christmas at the Dole 1st Friday Art Show welcomes guests of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to the Dole and Sage Galleries to take part in holiday festivities. This year’s exhibition, Niveous (i.e. Snowy) Gifts, will feature winter-themed artwork submitted by a collection of talented artists across various art media. In addition to the artwork, the 1st Friday Art Show will have entertainment for children and families including free photographs with Santa Claus, holiday activities, performances by local ballerinas and musicians, and a Tree Lighting Ceremony.


BE SEEN: Your logo and brand will be seen by people across multiple demographics in McHenry, Lake, Cook, Kane, DuPage, Winnebago, and Boone Counties in Illinois and Southern Wisconsin through excellent print media and advertisements, website pages and promotions, and Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole’s social media channels

DO GOOD: When you sponsor Christmas at the Dole, you align your organization with one of the most critical fundraisers at Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole– supporting access to the arts, education, history, and community for all people!

SUPPORT LOCAL: Support local vendors, musicians, artists, and a nonprofit organization in addition to the customers you serve!

HAVE FUN: Many sponsorship levels include complimentary tickets to the Gala, and Lakeside welcomes you and your colleagues to join us for the Gala, 1st Friday Art Show, or both! Purchasing tickets or a table to the Gala is an excellent and unique way to celebrate the holidays with your company. Let us take care of your holiday party with a fun, themed, and memorable evening at the Gala!






Christmas at the Dole is the second largest annual fundraiser for Lakeside Legacy Foundation’s year-round art, education, and history programs and community events. The generous support of community Sponsors, Donors, and event Attendees helps ensure Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole and the Dole Mansion remain open and accessible to all guests. Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole has been honored as “One of the Best Art Galleries,” and ‘the Listening Room’ as “One of the Best Places to Listen to Live Music,” in McHenry County by Shaw Media’s Best of the Fox Readers’ Choice Awards. Lakeside Legacy Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that relies on the generosity and support of our donors, grantors, and sponsors, as we receive no federal, state, or county tax funding.

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Questions regarding the 2018 Christmas at the Dole & Gala Sponsorship please contact Siobhan Cottone, Executive Director at, Deborah Dunlea, the Fund Development Associate at, or call 815.455.8000.

Sponsorship Levels

Presenting Sponsor: $5,000 SOLD

Holiday Décor Sponsor: $3,500 (2 Available)

Christmas at the Dole Supporter: LeCoque Family Foundation

Entertainment Sponsor: $3,500 (3 Available)

Photography Sponsor: $2,500 – AptarGroup, Inc.

Enchantment Sponsor: $2,000

  • Founders’ Hall (1 Available)
  • Wine Bottles (1 Available)
  • Guest Gift (1 Available)
  • Cocktail Hour (2 Available)

Elegance Sponsor: $1,500

Christmas at the Dole Sponsor: $750

  • Appetizer & Cocktails (4 Available)
  • Gala Bar (3 Available)
  • Auction Paddle – Baxter & Woodman Inc
  • Train Village (1 SOLD, 1 Available) – Golden Eagle Community Bank
  • 1st Friday Art Show Children’s Activities (3 Available)

Media Sponsor: Northwest Herald

Sponsor Information Request for Christmas at the Dole

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