Tickets for the Biggs Museum of American Art's largest annual fundraiser are going quickly.
Tickets for the Biggs Museum of American Art’s largest annual fundraiser are going quickly.
The museum’s 10th annual Gala on Saturday is expected to sell out to 400 guests, who’ll experience a night of entertainment, live auctions, tours of the museum, gourmet fare and more.
“It’s one of the premier events not only in Kent County but in Delaware to celebrate the arts,” said Stephanie Adams, marketing and development manager for the Biggs Museum. “Also this year our new executive director, [Charles Guerin], will be there and there’s a lot of excitement around that.”
Proceeds from the Gala, anticipated to be around $40,000, will benefit temporary exhibitions and educational programming for the museum’s upcoming year, Adams said.
In addition to celebrating the arts, the museum will welcome First State National Historical Park, its new neighbor on The Green.
LIVE AUCTION ITEMS
Guests will have a chance to bid on six posh items from the live auction. One of them will be a four-digit, black and white ceramic license plate.
Folks will get the opportunity to win a private, in-home dinner party with wine for up to 10 guests with a chef from Nage in Rehoboth Beach.
Artist Erica Loustau of Pennsylvania is donating a custom artist installation of up to 20 red-winged blackbirds that would make for a nice decoration in anyone’s home.
A signed and framed print of the piece “Lighthouse Dandelion” by Wilmington-born painter Jamie Wyeth also will be available.
Folks in need of a mini vacation could win a three-night stay at one of the newly renovated cottages at the Indian River Inlet River Marina in Rehoboth Beach, between Sept. 8 and Dec. 31. This package will also include a variety of family beach activities.
“We’re really excited about the live auction items this year,” Adams said. “We hope they’ll raise a lot of money for the Biggs Museum and that the winners will go home with great items.”
After their successful Gala debut last year, the popular local party band Mike Hines and the Look have been invited back. Guests can expect lots of crowd participation, including being pulled on stage and crooning a few tunes with the band.
“It was a great experience,” said frontman Mike Hines of Camden. “It was decorated beautifully. The food was awesome. The spirits were great and just to see the reaction of the crowd and all the people that came out to support the Biggs Museum was amazing.”
The band’s repertoire will span a blend of old school tunes from multiple genres to top-40 hits, several of which include line dances.
“We’ll be doing songs from ‘Soul Man’ to the ‘Wobble’ to ‘Uptown Funk,’” Hines said
Adams looks forward to Mike Hines and the Look’s encore performance.
“Last year they were really a hit,” she said. “Everybody was up dancing and we received a lot of positive feedback.”
IF YOU GO
WHAT Biggs Museum of American Art’s 10th annual Gala
WHEN 6 to 11 p.m., May 9
WHERE Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal St., Dover
INFO Visit biggsmuseum.org or call 674-2111