The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) held its annual Diamond Masquerade Mardi Gras Gala earlier this month at Empire Mills.
According to the STMA, the even, which featured The Atlanta Seventeen Big Band, was a huge success, raising about $15,000 for the STMA.
“The evening was a huge success all the way around – Empire Mills provided the perfect setting and Hallie Jane’s New Orleans-themed fare was delicious. The silent auction and diamond ring raffle ticket sales alone brought in almost $10,000,” said Patricia DuBose, with the STMA. “We appreciate the support of Ben Whidby at Whidby Jewelers for donating the beautiful seven-diamond ring to the raffle, and to DuBose Law Group for donating the charcuterie tray from Muzzy’s, another raffle item. All proceeds will be put directly to use in Arts Outreach programs at and through the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art, and we are very grateful for the community support.”
This year’s event went above and beyond to create the perfect ambiance to celebrate Mardi Gras.
“Through the talent of the Gala Planning committee, Empire Mills was transformed into a Mardi Gras wonderland,” said Patricia DuBose with the STMA. “Elizabeth Rockhill, Danielle Rector, Ellen Sanders, Bev Jones, Mary Ann Orr, Cecily Pennington, Kelly McLeod and Cathy Whitcomb receive kudos for their creativity, generosity and relentless energy in planning and decorating for this event. We were sold out with 145 guests, most of whom came in masked attire, ball gowns, and tuxedos.”
According to DuBose, this year’s crowd were particularly decked out for the occasion.
“Several guests were very creative in their dress: Marie Antoinette made her second appearance at the Gala as did the event’s first ever plastic dress! The dance floor was full all night as guests danced to the melodious strains of the Atlanta Seventeen Big Band, whose lead singer is Madison’s own Stan DeJarnett. Thank you, Stan, for bringing your talented group back to Madison for this signature event!” said DuBose. “The Museum is particularly appreciative of the support provided by the following businesses that donated to the Silent Auction: Brackish, Town & Country, Southern Cross Ranch, Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Lee Harris of Madison Mill, and Steffen Thomas Art Representatives, LP. Make plans now for Mardi Gras 2019 – this event is a keeper!”