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December 18th, 2001
Young Friends Plan Annual Winter Gala Set for February 2, 2002 at Museum

PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 18, 2001)—The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a lively and dedicated group of art enthusiasts, is pleased to announce its annual Winter Gala scheduled for February 2, 2002.

The Museum’s Great Stair Hall provides an incomparable backdrop for an evening of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing from 8 p.m. until midnight. Highlights of the event include popular music by Elastic Wasteband, a drawing for two business class round-trip tickets to Germany compliments of Lufthansa German Airlines, and a silent auction with items ranging from dinner for two at Philadelphia’s Blue Angel to a two-night stay at New York City’s Manhattan Club.

Proceeds from previous Young Friends events have contributed to acquisitions at the Museum such as Tiffany and Company’s shimmering “Column” (c.1898-1902) made of wood, metal, iridescent glass, and painted and gilded gesso, that stands more than 11 feet in Gallery 111.

Call 215-235-SHOW to reserve tickets. Before January 31, 2002, tickets are $60 for members, $70 for non-members. Tickets at the door are $80. Black-tie attire is required.

About the Young Friends:
The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a dynamic group of professionals that supports Museum initiatives. The group provides young people (generally 20 something to early-40 something) in the Greater Philadelphia area a forum to participate in a variety of educational activities through special access to the Museum’s collections and a constant mission to enhance art appreciation. Funds raised through activities are used to support conservation and preservation of the collections, educational programming, and international special exhibitions. Annual dues are $100 for Individual Young Friend and $200 for Dual Young Friend. Social events sponsored by Young Friends include the annual Winter Gala held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the annual Rodin Party held at the Rodin Museum, private tours of the galleries, and monthly First Friday “Happy Hours” held in Old City locations.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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