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Museum Gala 2013 Tops Fundraising Goal

Elaine and Jim Palmer dance to the music of Michael Kingan and the IUP Little Big BandThe University Museum’s gala “Night in Venice” was a party to remember. Guests in glitzy masks and festive mood dined on Venetian delicacies and were entertained by Harry’s Bar House Combo (a lively student quartet), the IUP Little Big Band, vocalists Laura Ferguson and Joe Baunoch, and dancers of the Mahoning Valley Ballet directed by Joan Van Dyke.

Auctioneer Michael Charnego sparked excitement in the Blue Room as he conducted a live auction featuring some surprise additions to the listed items. Guests competed in spirited bidding for objects of desire, including a Venetian-inspired gemstone ring designed by G. C. Wyant especially for this event.

Thanks to the generosity of all our auction donors, gala sponsors, guests, and contributors who could not attend, the Museum exceeded its fundraising goal for this benefit event.

Gary and Stacey Wyant were guests at A Night in VeniceThe annual gala supports the Museum’s admission-free exhibitions and related public programs. Proceeds from the evening also are used to build and care for the permanent collection of art and cultural objects.

In the photograph above, Elaine and Jim Palmer dance to the music of Michael Kingan and the IUP Little Big Band. In the photograph at left, Gary and Stacey Wyant model their masks.

Posted on 10/24/2013 1:14:08 PM

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