Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries announces a Vegas-theme for their annual fundraising gala scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2015, from 7:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. The Black Jack Ball serves as the official celebration of the museum membership affiliate group’s 21st birthday. The annual gala is the Contemporaries’ signature event and it remains a major fundraiser for its art acquisition projects.
“We wanted to create an event theme for this year that embodies the excitement of our 21st birthday celebration,” says Beth Kelly Frost, event chair. “We’re grateful to our amazing sponsors who are helping us to ensure the gala remains befitting Columbia’s famously hot reputation.”
After walking the red carpet into the CMA, beginners and high rollers alike will be transported to Vegas with show-stopping event design, including a VIP lounge, by Cricket Newman Designs. The evening will begin with a silent auction showcasing art from local and regional South Carolina artists. In addition to bidding on the chance to take home a piece of the night, partygoers will enjoy culinary delights by Scott Hall Catering, can try their hand at casino entertainment by Party Time DJs, and dance the night away to live music by Sol Fusion.
“It’s very important for a community to have a vibrant art scene if it’s going to thrive. It attracts business, and more importantly, it creates shared experiences that strengthen relationships within a community. My take on catering is a creative and artful one, and I’m glad to be working alongside like-minded individuals,” says Scott Hall, executive chef of Scott Hall Catering. “The Contemporaries help foster this in Columbia, and I’m excited to be a part of this gala once again.”
Tickets are $55 / $100 for individual/couples Contemporaries’ members and $75 / $130 for individual/couples non-member tickets. All proceeds from the event benefit the Contemporaries Art Acquisition Fund so that it may continue its success in participating in the acquisition of pieces such as those most recently acquired from Dale Chihuly, George Tooker, and Henry Mandell.
For tickets and information, visit columbiamuseum.org.