Senator Jim Webb to Speak at Museum Fundraising Gala
Gala to also feature special guest Duff Goldman, host of Ace of Cakes on the Food Network
(Harrisburg, PA) – The National Civil War Museum today announced that U.S. Senator Jim Webb will be the keynote speaker at the 3rd annual Blue & Gray Gala on Friday, October 2, 2009. 
As a combat Marine in Vietnam, an attorney, a senior defense department official, an Emmy-award winning journalist, a film-maker, and the author of nine books, Jim Webb has maintained a life-long commitment toward protecting America’s national security interests, promoting economic fairness and social justice here at home, and increasing the accountability of government. In 2007, following his first-ever run for political office, he brought those passions with him to the United States Senate. By the fall of 2008, Washingtonian Magazine had picked him as the "Rising Star" in the magazine’s "Best & Worst of Congress" edition, Politico newspaper had named him "Rookie of the Year" in Congress, and Esquire Magazine had counted him among the 75 most influential people of the 21st century, for doing "more to repair his party’s relationship with the military" than anyone since the Vietnam War.
Jim Webb currently serves as the senior Senator from Virginia and is a staunch proponent of battlefield preservation, sponsoring the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act of 2009 in an effort to protect Virginia’s historic battlefields.
The Blue & Gray Gala will also feature special guest Duff Goldman.  Host of the Food Network’s Ace of Cakes, Duff Goldman uses blowtorches and chain saws to create masterpieces, and staffs his bakery with fellow rock musicians. Goldman is not your typical baker, yet he is one of the most sought after cake makers in the country. If on nothing else, fans Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton agree that his wares take the cake.  Charm City Cakes will be delivering the dessert for the evening…a cake in the form of the Moment of Mercy statue that rests in front of the Museum.  Duff Goldman will be delivering the cake and remaining for the evening’s festivities.
The Blue & Gray Gala is an annual fundraiser for The National Civil War Museum that historically takes place the first Friday in October each year.  Proceeds from the black tie optional fundraiser benefit the Museum’s operations, educational programs and exhibits.  Tickets are on sale for $125 per person and can be reserved by calling 717.260.1861 x. 1108.  Seating is limited.
About The National Civil War Museum
Opened in February 2001, The National Civil War Museum is a non-profit educational institution dedicated solely to the American Civil War.  It is the largest Civil War museum that addresses the war from both the Northern and Southern perspective, and from both a military and civilian perspective. The Museum protects some of the nation’s treasures, including General Robert E. Lee’s personal Bible, and more than 24,000 artifacts, documents and photos, worth an estimated $20 million. Admission to the Museum is $9.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, and $7.00 for students with reduced rates for children and families.  The Museum offers complimentary ample parking.  For more information, please call 717.260.1861, or visit the Museum’s website at