GALVESTON — The 2014 Plankowners’ Syndicate Party and Auction gets underway at 5:30 p.m. June 7 at Galveston Historical Foundation’s Texas Seaport Museum.

Reservations are $65 per person or reserved tables for eight on the dock are $600. Reservations are encouraged and may be made online at www.galvestonhistory.org/plankowners or by calling 409-765-3435.

This annual fundraising event will feature hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine during the silent auction, buffet dinner, and a live auction conducted by Greer Auction Services. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit Elissa and the many educational and training programs of the Texas Seaport Museum. The live auction items include seven nights in Costa Del Sol, Spain, a Maui vacation and more.

“The 2014 annual Elissa Plankowners’ Auction and Party is especially important as we celebrate Elissa’s triumphant return to sailing trim after almost four years of hull and deck restoration,” said Jamie White, Director of the Texas Seaport Museum.

“The greatest author and recorder of the Sea, Capt. Joseph Conrad, was master of a ship very much like Elissa, and best summed up his feelings about her and captured our love of Elissa in a single line and I could not agree more: ‘It is good to be in a world in which she has her being’.”

The 2014 Plankowners’ Party also offers the public the opportunity to join the Plankowners Syndicate II. By joining Elissa’s Plankowners’ Syndicate II with the purchase of a plank, you can earn your place in the history of the ship. Each plank donation will be honored with the purchasers name recorded and displayed on Elissa’s Plankowners’ II Honor Board for posterity.

Texas Seaport Museum founded the Elissa Plankowners’ Syndicate in 1980 to honor a special group of donors. Through in-kind and cash contributions, individuals and businesses purchased planks for Elissa’s decks.

In 1985, Plankowners’ Syndicate members were invited to the first Plankowners’ Syndicate Party.

The sale of the final plank inspired a new opportunity for the sale of 318 iron hull plates and in 1990, Hullplate Owners joined the Syndicate and the tradition was opened to GHF members and guests.

The annual event is now open to the general public.

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