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Captain's Ball

Captain's Ball 2018

Gin & Jazz

Above photos from last year's Captain's Ball.

On Friday, November 2, 2018, starting at 6 p.m., we invite you to join the Dubuque County Historical Society and National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium to attend and/or sponsor our annual fundraiser Captain’s Ball 2018: Gin & Jazz at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

Funds raised will go towards our science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational programming, preservation of our permanent collections, traveling (RiverWorks Discovery) program and exhibit, live programs, classes and camps. Captain’s Ball 2018 contributes all of its proceeds to these vast opportunities.

It is our vision to be the world’s leader in interpreting and protecting the local life, history and culture of our rivers, to create a more global, knowledgeable and engaged citizen. Our goal is to reach an additional 2 million people in the next 5 years with our local attractions, outreach programs, and exhibits across the county. We would be honored to have your help in this endeavor by becoming an event or table sponsor for this unique event.

Please join Dubuque County Historical Society and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium as we celebrate making a difference in the lives of children and members of our community!

Join us in celebrating over 50 years of dedication to the Historical Society and 15 years since the opening of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Our collective mission to inspire stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come alive. 

For more information contact Vicky Sutter at 563-557-9545 x276 or

Current Sponsors

Gin & Jazz Sponsors
Riverboat Twilight
Telegraph Herald
U.S. Bank

Qtego Sponsors
Eagle Point Solar
Kendall Hunt Publishing Co./Westmark Enterprises
Prudential Retirement
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa

Giggle Water Sponsors
John & Margarete Cooke/Prairie Ridge of Galena
Corky & Med Bickel
Bodine Electric Company
Conlon Construction Company
FloorShow Furniture
Ingram Barge Company
John Deere Dubuque Works
McCullough Creative, Inc.
Newt Marine Service
Steve & Tami Ryan - Parco, Ltd.

National Rivers Hall of Fame Award Sponsor
American Trust & Savings Bank

Hotsy-totsy Sponsors
Wally & Barbara Brown
Dubuque Bank & Trust
HCR ManorCare

Entertainment Sponsor
The Cafaro Company/Kennedy Mall

Wine Glass Sponsor
Jack & Sarah Hasken

Phonus Balonus Sponsors
Milroy's Tuxedos
Robert & Donna Staples
Ron & Lori Thielen

In-Kind Sponsors
Family Beer & Liquor Store
Qtego Auction Services