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December 13th, 2002
Young Friends Plan Annual Winter Gala Set for February 1, 2003 at Museum

PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 13, 2002)—The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a lively group of art enthusiasts and young professionals, is pleased to announce the annual Winter Gala scheduled for February 1, 2003.

The Museum’s Great Stair Hall provides an incomparable backdrop for an evening of art and dancing from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. The galleries will be open for guests to enjoy works by Toulouse-Lautrec, van Gogh, Monet, Cézanne, and other masters. Highlights of the black-tie event include Elastic Wasteband performing popular music; a silent auction featuring items ranging from beauty and fitness packages to clothing and jewelry; a drawing for two business class round-trip tickets to Germany courtesy of Lufthansa German Airlines; and libations from Grey Goose Vodka and Reinheit Importers. The Winter Gala drew nearly 700 guests last year.

Call 215-235-SHOW to reserve tickets. Prior to the event, tickets are $63 for members, $73 for non-members. Tickets at the door are $80.

Press Party:
Members of the press are invited to join with the Young Friends and the Winter Gala planning committee on January 7, 2003, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Le Castagne Ristorante at 1920 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Please call Emily Raabe to RSVP at 215-684-7364.

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 Marketing and Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100, or visit the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

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