Fixed Star Gala

“If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us. “

Justice Robert H. Jackson, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)

The Robert H. Jackson Center announces “The Fixed Star,” a celebratory Virtual Gala on Thursday, September 10, 2020, to benefit the programs and events we provide to our local, national, and international communities. This is a fitting opportunity to reflect on the full measure of Justice Jackson’s influence from Chautauqua County lawyer to Chief U.S. prosecutor at the first Nuremberg trial in Germany.



Ben Ferencz

Ben Ferencz, Chief Prosecutor for the U.S. Army at the Einsatzgruppen trial in Nuremberg and subject of the Netflix documentary on his life, Prosecuting Evil, will open our event at 7:00 pm (EST).

Our evening will feature many unique silent auctions items, inspirational stories, and celebration. So, from wherever you may be watching, bring your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors to join us on Thursday, September 10.

All proceeds from this event will bring vital funds and support to Jackson Center programs and initiatives. If you have questions or are interested in placing an ad to celebrate and honor Ben, family or friends, please contact RHJC Director of Development Marion Beckerink at (716) 483-6646.


Dale DeGroff

Be ready at 6:45PM (EST) for a signature cocktail created by Dale DeGroff, universally acknowledged as the world’s premier mixologist whose innovations have impacted globally the restaurant and beverage industry. He built his talents and techniques through tending at New York’s famous Rainbow Room.

Dale has won two James Beard Awards for Wine and Spirits Professional, and a Life Achievement-Who’s Who in Food & Beverage Award. He is the founding president of the Museum of the American Cocktail and author of The Essential Cocktail and The Craft of the Cocktail.


Register in advance to win a signed copy of DeGroff's 2020 Edition of the Craft of the Cocktail!

Screenshot of the Gala webpage with circle depicting where to sign in.

Click here to register for free for the event. You’ll be redirected to the Gala’s official webpage. Complete the registration process by clicking “Sign In” in the top right corner of this webpage (depicted above), and follow the instructions on the screen. Once you have signed in and set up an account, you can donate, preview auction items, and watch the gala through your secure account on September 10.