Alma Alabilikian and Peter Paone: “It’s wonderful that our bequest will support an area at the museum that is so important to us.”
Alma Alabilikian and Peter PaoneAlma Alabilikian and Peter Paone are longtime supporters of the museum and active Associates members. Peter, who has numerous works in the museum’s collection, also serves on the Library and Archives Committee. They were welcomed into the Fiske Kimball Society when they created a charitable gift annuity in 2016 and have since included a bequest for the museum in their estate plans, including an endowed fund in support of painting conservation. “We are pleased to contribute to the important work being done by Mark Tucker and the Conservation department. It’s wonderful that our bequest will support an area at the museum that is so important to us.”
Larry and Julie Berger: “Our commitment to the museum is a reflection of how the museum has enriched our lives.”
Julie and Larry BergerJulie and Larry Berger began their relationship with dates at the museum, and as their connection grew so did their mutual passion for the museum. Julie went on to serve as an esteemed guide and Larry as general counsel. Since retiring from these positions, the Bergers have provided generous philanthropic support toward annual operations, acquisitions, and capital projects. They are now active members of museum committees, the Fiske Kimball Society, and the Anne d’Harnoncourt Society. In 2015, Julie and Larry made a pledge to support the museum’s capital projects. Their visionary gifts exemplify their commitment to both the day-to-day activities of the museum and the historic building in which it all takes place. “Philadelphia is blessed with many fine cultural institutions,” Larry says, “and the museum is at the pinnacle. We believe in supporting it to ensure that future generations may discover the same joy and inspiration we’ve experienced... Our commitment to the museum is a reflection of how the museum has enriched our lives.”
Jim Crawford and Judith Dean (shown with Pink Elephant) have experienced great joy in seeing their works at the museum.
Jim Crawford and Judith DeanJim Crawford and Judith Dean have been Associates members for more than twenty-five years and members of the Fiske Kimball Society since 2000. Jim has served on the Board of Trustees and is currently a member of the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Committee and the museum’s photography group Focus. Since 1983, they have contributed over forty works to the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs department (including Pink Elephant, 1988, by Sidney Goodman) and have been welcomed into the Anne d’Harnoncourt Society, which celebrates donors of works of art. Their commitment to the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs department was deepened in 1999 when they established the James Crawford and Judith Dean Fund for Acquisitions. Jim has said they’ve experienced great joy in seeing their works at the museum.
Ofelia Garcia: “What a joy to know that works I have loved for years will be cared for, exhibited, studied, and enjoyed by many others.”
Ofelia GarciaOfelia Garcia, retired art professor and former college president, has a passion for prints. Since 2013, she has donated to the museum nearly seventy works on paper, primarily by women artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, and Sandy Skoglund. She has also given works by artists not previously represented in the collection, like Mary Nimmo Moran and Dorothy Dehner. In 2017, she established a bequest to support acquisition endowments for the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs department and the Library and Archives, on whose committee she serves. Ofelia supports the museum as a member of the Fiske Kimball Society, the Anne d’Harnoncourt Society, and the Associates. “What a joy,” she says, “to know that works I have loved for years will be cared for, exhibited, studied, and enjoyed by many others. While the museum’s collection was initially formed, and continues to grow, through gifts of magnificent private collections, it is also enriched by individual gifts by members and supporters. I am immensely pleased to be one of those supporters.”
Douglas “D. W.” Mellor: “I give to the Museum in hopes of inspiring others to look closely and find their own passion.”
Douglas “D. W.” MellorDouglas “D. W.” Mellor first found his affinity for photography in 1968 when he visited the museum as a college student. The Philadelphia native, now a photographer in his own right, has been a loyal museum member since 1994, and his love for photography inspired him to contribute funds to support the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs department. Collecting works from the medium that inspired him throughout his career, he has also gifted more than 100 works on paper by artists like Harry Callahan, William Christenberry, Emmet Gowin, and himself—including a portfolio of photographs and a letter by his muse, Tom Garvey. He has been a member of the Fiske Kimball Society and the Anne d’Harnoncourt Society since 2014. “If it weren’t for the museum,” Mellor says, “I wouldn’t have discovered my passion for photography. This institution changed my life... I give to the museum in hopes of inspiring others to look closely and find their own passion.”
Sonia Triester’s support makes a measurable difference for the museum and the thousands of children who visit each year.
Sonia TriesterSonia Triester and her late husband, Stan, enjoyed the museum for decades. As Associates members for fifty years, they were deeply committed, especially to K–12 educational programs. When Stan passed away, Sonia and her family decided to honor their connection to the museum with an education-focused special gift to the It Starts Here campaign. Sonia has also joined the Fiske Kimball Society by making a provision in her estate plans. Together, this support makes a measurable difference for the museum and the thousands of children who visit each year.
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