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January 19th, 2007
Art Museum's Young Friends Invite Guests to 'Create a Philadelphia Story' at 15th Winter Gala


The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a lively group of young professionals and art enthusiasts who support the Museum, are pleased to announce the 15th annual Winter Gala, to be held on February 24, 2007. To celebrate the theme, 'Create a Philadelphia Story,' guests will don their black-tie or black-and-white best as a nod to the classic Hollywood film, The Philadelphia Story. Over 1,000 guests are expected to attend this festive evening filled with dancing, great food, and fabulous raffle prizes, including a pair of roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines and a one-night stay at the Four Seasons Philadelphia. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the acquisition of works of art for the Museum’s collections.

One of the evening’s highlights is the chance to preview the 'Philadelphia Story' of local artist Thomas Chimes before his retrospective exhibition, Thomas Chimes: Adventures in ‘Pataphysics, opens to the public on February 27. From 8 p.m. until midnight guests will also enjoy culinary delights complimented by an open bar and live music performed by CTO Fifth Avenue. The 2007 Winter Gala is sponsored by Harrah’s and Tierney Communications, and chaired by Jonathan Blanc, Irene Kotok, and Page Pepper.

Call 215-235-SHOW or click here to reserve tickets. Prior to the event, tickets are $85 for Young Friend members, $100 for non-members. Groups of 8 or more may purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $95 per guest. Advance tickets are available until February 16. At the door, tickets are $125 for everyone. VIP tickets ($200) include a curator-led tour of Thomas Chimes: Adventures in ‘Pataphysics and all-night access to the VIP lounge.

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 (aged 21 - 45) 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 in the fall at the Rodin Museum, private tours of the Museum’s galleries, previews of special exhibitions and First Friday gatherings 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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