2023 Banquet Schedule and Information

The officers and directors of the Eugene V. Debs Foundation are pleased to announce that on Saturday, October 28, 2023, the Debs Award will be presented to Lynne Fox, the International President of Workers United and the leader of the Starbucks Workers United organizing campaign.

Lynne Fox is highly skilled with years of experience organizing workers in a wide range of industries. The Starbucks employees are seeking better wages and benefits and hundreds of their workplaces have been organized. The highest-ranking officers of Starbucks have resisted in every way the priorities of the workers’ campaign.

The strength and determination of the Starbucks Workers United campaign is reflected in the activities of its workplace organizers. It also has encouraged other workers to fight for political and social freedom and economic justice.

The Award Banquet will take place in Terre Haute, Indiana, the birthplace and lifelong home of Gene Debs and his home now is an outstanding museum of trade union and socialist memorabilia. For information of the events planned for the weekend please go to our website: debsfoundation.org.

Please join us on Saturday, October 28, 2023, when the Eugene V. Debs Award will be presented to distinguished labor rights organization, Lynne Fox.

DJ Buddha Brown (Alfred Brown) will be providing our musical presentation for this year’s awards banquet. Son of APRI’s esteemed president Clayola Brown, he is originally from Queens, NY and currently resides in Washington, DC, where he works at the APRI National Office.

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.

    • Mail-in Banquet Ticket Form Coming soon!
    • Full-page Banquet Flyer Coming soon!
    • Banquet Schedule of Events Coming soon!
    • Downtown Terre Haute Area Map Coming soon!
    • Full-page Flyer and Banquet Schedule of Events Coming soon!
    • Program Book Greeting Order Form Coming soon!

Banquet Weekend Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 28
9am – 1pm Open House at the Eugene V. Debs Historic Home and Museum (451 N. 8th St., Terre Haute, IN 47807) Featuring museum tours ever hour! Open to the Public
12 noon Debs Graveside Ceremony. (Highland Lawn Cemetery, 4420 Wabash Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47803) Join us in a ceremony to honor Eugene and Kate Debs. Open to the Public
2pm Film: Brewing Change: The Fight for a Starbucks Union. (Cunningham Memorial Library, 510 N 6 ½ St., Terre Haute, IN 47807) Join us for a documentary look at the continuing unionization of Starbucks. Afterward, the Eugene V. Debs Collection archive at the library will be open for perusal. Open to the Public
6 pm Social hour preceding the annual banquet. (Terre Haute Convention Center, 800 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute) Purchase 2023 Eugene V. Debs Award Banquet Tickets!
7 pm

Banquet featuring 2023 Eugene V. Debs award recipient Lynne Fox. Banquet tickets required.

Sunday, October 29
9 am Fall Board Meeting. The officers and board of the foundation will meet at the Terre Haute Convention Center, 800 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, Officers and board of directors