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CHARLESTON -- A folk musician whose performances include songs about Abraham Lincoln will highlight the annual Lincoln Log Cabin Foundation dinner on Feb. 15.

Proceeds from the annual fundraiser will largely go to work on the Moore Home State Historic Site to try to reopen it after being closed since 2005, according to the foundation's president.

The dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Unique Suites Hotel in Charleston and tickets can be reserved up until two days before the event.

The scheduled performer is Chris Vallillo, a folk musician from Macomb whose albums include "Abraham Lincoln in Song."

Foundation President Lori Henderson said Vallillo has performed locally before and his music will be a good fit for the event.

Money raised is used by the foundation for programs and projects at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, traditionally in its education programs.

That continues to be the case but much of the proceeds this year will go to the Moore Home project, as the foundation has taken on a larger role in funding at the historic sites, Henderson said.

The Moore Home is located a few miles north of Lincoln Log Cabin and is the location where Abraham Lincoln visited with his family before leaving Illinois for his presidential inauguration.

The house structure was closed to the public after water damage. Now, Henderson said work to its structure and the addition of a ventilation system could take place to reopen it, perhaps next year.

The foundation received other donations for the construction of windows and doors for the building, Henderson said. They're ready to install and that work is scheduled for later this year, she said.

Other structural work and the addition of an informational exhibit will be scheduled later, Henderson also said.

Proceeds from the dinner will also go to Lincoln Log Cabin's summer youth program and for additional livestock at the historic site's farm, she added.

The dinner's program will also include the presentation of two awards the foundation hands out each year recognizing volunteers and other support efforts.

The Thomas and Sarah Lincoln Volunteer Award will be presented posthumously to Hal Malehorn, who died in December and who volunteered for more than two decades as a historic interpreter at the site.

Also, the Kingsbury Service Award will be presented to the Fifth Illinois Cavalry Civil War re-enactment group. Henderson said the group has done re-enactments at the site and its members regularly do volunteer repair and maintenance work.

Tickets for the dinner are $60 per person or $420 for a table of eight, and reservations can be made on the historic site's website, The link for reservations is included in the information on the dinner.

Reservations can also be made by mailing payment to LLCF, 402 S. Lincoln Highway Road, Lerna, IL 62440.

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Contact Dave Fopay at (217) 238-6858. Follow him on Twitter: @FopayDave



Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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