2018 Banquet Schedule and Registration

2018 Debs Award Banquet

Please join us on Saturday, October 20, 2018, when the Eugene V. Debs Award will be presented to distinguished labor rights and civil rights leader William “Bill” Lucy. The award will be presented by Clayola Brown, President of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute and recipient of the Eugene V. Debs Award for 2012. For entertainment, guests will enjoy a labor and folk music performance by The Shelby Bottom Duo.



Banquet Tickets

Guests mingle during the 2017 banquet social hour.

Banquet tickets are can be purchased online here or you may order tickets by mail with one of the forms below:


Banquet Forms and Information

Banquet information is available in PDF format, including a local area map which shows parking locations and where to go for scheduled events.


Banquet Weekend Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 20
10 am Terre Haute Labor History Tour (Eugene V. Debs Historic Home and Museum, 451 N. 8th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47803) We continue to offer a Labor History Tour of Terre Haute the afternoon of the banquet. The tour will be led by Debs Foundation board member Timothy Kelley. This tour is free, but reservations are required and limited to the first 13 people.
11:30 am Debs Graveside Ceremony (Highland Lawn Cemetery, 4420 Wabash Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47803) Join us in a ceremony to honor Eugene and Kate Debs at the conclusion of the Labor History tour, but all are welcome to join. Open to the Public
12 noon Rededication of the Debs Birthplace Monument (N. 4th St, ½ block south of Chestnut, Terre Haute) We will be re-dedicating the marker denoting the location of Eugene V. Debs’ birthplace on North 4th Street, which was removed for construction of the new CHHS building and is being returned to its original location. This event is free and open to the public. Open to the Public
2 pm Documentary Film Showing (ISU Cunningham Memorial Library, Events Area) “At the River I Stand” an outstanding, award winning documentary film that traces the first two months of the 1968 sanitation workers strike in Memphis, Tennessee will be shown. The film examines the connection between economics and civil rights and highlights the debates between leaders over tactics and strategies for creating social change.

The film is an hour and will be followed by the comments of Bill Lucy and a question and answer session will allow discussion with the audience. This event is free and open to the public. The archives of the Debs Collection will be open after the screening.

Open to the Public
6 pm Social hour preceding the annual banquet (Sycamore Banquet Center, 218 N. 6th Street, Terre Haute)
7 pm Banquet honoring 2018 Debs award recipient William “Bill” Lucy The award will be presented by 2012 award winner, Clayola Brown.
Sunday, October 21
9 am Fall Board Meeting The officers and board of the foundation will meet at the Hilton Garden Inn, 750 Wabash Av, Terre Haute Officers and board of directors