“Remembering Mr. Hogan,” the theme for the 100th birthday banquet honoring Dublin’s native son and famous golfer, will be highlighted by the unveiling of a bronze statue of Ben Hogan which will become a focal point of the Hogan Museum.
Museum board members will travel to the Chicago area this week to pick up the bronze at the home of sculptor, Dr. John Giannini. It will remain covered and stored until the banquet when it will be unveiled for permanent display at the museum.
The banquet is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rotary Building. The Ben Hogan Museum will be open before and after the banquet and guests are encouraged to come at 6:30 p.m. for a reception. Reservations are required and seating is very limited. Cost is $75 per person and there will be no ticket sales at the door. Approximately 25 tickets remain.
Another highlight of the banquet will be the presentation of a set of illustrations done by the late Anthony Ravielli for Mr. Hogan’s book, “Five Lessons: The Fundamentals of Modern Golf” which continues to be one of the all-time best-selling golf instruction books. The presentation will be made by Brian McGrath and Jon Vidales of New York who own rights to the Ravielli collection. Mr. Ravielli created the detailed illustrations for a five-part series for Sports Illustrated in 1957. The series was compiled into a book later than year.
Guest speaker for the event will be Mike Wright, head of golf at Shady Oaks Country Club, who was hired by Mr. Hogan as a young man. He became close friends with Mr. Hogan and his wife, Valerie. He is a board member of the Ben Hogan Foundation, which has assisted the Dublin Historical Society with creation of the Ben Hogan Museum. The museum opened on Mr. Hogan’s 99th birthday last August and is located in downtown Dublin at E. Blackjack and S. Grafton.
Another program highlight will be a video announcement concerning the local museum from Lisa Scott of California, great-niece of the Hogans and president of the Ben Hogan Foundation.
Special exhibits will also be unveiled that evening including items which have been copied from the personal collection of Valerie Hogan and never before seen outside immediately family and a few researchers.
Masters of ceremonies will be Pat Leatherwood, president of the Hogan Museum board, and Robert Stennett, executive director of the Ben Hogan Foundation, headquartered in Fort Worth.
For more information, call Karen Wright, 445-1919 or 977-4410.