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August 2nd, 2012
Museum's Young Friends Celebrate Reopening of the Rodin Museum with 21st Annual Rodin Garden Party

The Great Gatsby inspires the theme of this highly anticipated event.
 (September 28, 2012)

Philadelphia, PA— The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a lively group of young professionals and art enthusiasts, will host the 21st-annual Rodin Garden Party on Friday, September 28, 2012, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. The evening will celebrate the completion of the Rodin Museum and garden rejuvenation project, which restored the building and grounds in the spirit of the original 1929 design. To honor this accomplishment, the Young Friends’ annual event will be a flapper-era bash inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel, The Great Gatsby.

400 guests are expected to attend this consistently sold-out party, which this year, promises to be the "bee's knees,” complete with all of the trappings of the 1920s, including speakeasy-style drinks and dancers from “The Brat Pack” performing the Charleston and Quick Step. Breezy summer cocktail attire in the spirit of Nick Carraway and Daisy Buchanan is encouraged.

A pre-party will kick off at 6:00 p.m. for V.I.P. attendees, who will receive exclusive benefits including a cocktail reception, private guided tour of the newly-reinstalled galleries, and other luxury surprises. The main party will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., featuring sumptuous hors d'oeuvres, 1920s-inspired libations, and several raffle packages including opera tickets, shopping experiences, and private Pilates instruction.

After hosting the previous three Young Friends Garden parties in the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building during the Rodin Museum’s renovation period, event co-chair Jay Park states, “We are thrilled to be back at the Rodin Museum. The amazing work by the planning committee and the support of our generous sponsors will undoubtedly result in a spectacular night.” Park, a resident of Havertown, PA, is co-chairing the party with Jacqueline Cassidy, who resides in Springfield, PA.

Funds raised through this event support the Young Friends’ mission of art acquisitions, conservation, and preservation of works in the collections, as well as education and outreach programming.

V.I.P. tickets are $65 for Young Friend members and $85 for public. Advance tickets are $40 for Young Friends, $60 for public (and must be purchased prior to September 17th at 5:00 p.m.). Groups of four or more may purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $50 per person. Please remember all guests must be at least 21 years of age. Visit philamuseum.org/youngfriends, or call (215) 235-SHOW to reserve tickets.

The 2012 Young Friends Rodin Garden Party is sponsored by Audi Wynnewood. Its presenting sponsorship is part of a yearlong partnership with the Young Friends program. To date In-kind donors include Codify Design Studio, Constellation Brands, Inc, D.i.D., Dave DiRentis Photography, Origlio Beverage, Uber, and Teleflora.

For more information about the Young Friends program, visit philamuseum.org/youngfriends or call the Young Friends at (215) 684-7840.

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 to 45) in the Greater Philadelphia area with a forum to participate in a variety of educational and social activities through special access to the Museum’s collections and a consistent mission to enhance art appreciation. Funds raised through the group’s activities are used to support conservation and preservation of the collections, educational programming and international special exhibitions. Museum members at the Individual level ($70) or higher can enjoy the benefits of becoming a Young Friend for an additional $50. 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, the annual Holiday Party, private tours of the Museum’s galleries, previews of special exhibitions, First Friday gatherings held in Old City locations, and much more.

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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