Homecoming 2009 will be a night you’ll never forget with the inaugural Homecoming Uptown and Gown Gala.

Join President and Mrs. Al Bowman for an evening of camaraderie, dancing and celebration at the Uptown and Gown Gala on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center located at 201 Broadway in Uptown Normal.

The black-tie optional event is a time to recognize the partnerships forged with the alumni and friends of Illinois State University and the Bloomington-Normal community. The evening begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. followed at 7:30 p.m. by a delectable dinner and a brief program. Enjoy live music by Tom Marko and Sally Weisenburg and Her Famous Sidemen.

Reservations are required, and the cost is $50 per person. RSVP by Sept.18, by calling 309-438-3204 or clicking on Gala.