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February 3rd, 1999
Young Friends "Play It Again" For a Night in Casablanca

The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art invite guests to spend "A Night in Casablanca" on Saturday, February 20, 1999, from 8:00 p.m. to midnight in the Museum's Great Stair Hall. This black-tie/Moroccan chic soirée is the third annual Young Friends Ball. The desert air will swing to the sounds of the Elastic Wasteband, the daring will be decorated with mehindi henna drawing, and a Silent Auction will feature treasures from the Philadelphia region's premier retailers, restaurants, hotels, spas and businesses. Advance tickets are $80.00 ($70.00 for Young Friends), and can be purchased by calling the Young Friends at (215) 684-7822. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $90.00. All proceeds benefit the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Acquisition Fund.

Among the many contributors to the Silent Auction are Brooks Brothers, The Five Spot, Hermés, Lagos, Le Bec-Fin, NFL Films, Restoration Hardware, The Ritz-Carlton, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Toppers Spa. And every "Night in Casablanca" should include a dramatic getaway: in this case, a raffle for two business class tickets to London, generously donated by British Airways.

Margaret Keene and Doc Parghi are the co-chairs for this year's Young Friends Ball. Corporate sponsors for "A Night in Casablanca" include: Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg & Ellers; Hewitt Associates; Hart Ambulance; Bell Atlantic Corporation; BDO Seidman; Miller Alfano & Rasparti. P.C.; Towers Perrin; and the Versace Boutique in The Plaza at King of Prussia. In-kind donations were provided by Pearl Pressman Liberty Printers, Pitney Bowes Management Services, and Waterloo Gardens.

The Friends and Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are dedicated to raising funds for the acquisition of works of art for the Museum through an active program of cultural, educational, and social activities. Since 1964, the Friends have raised more than two million dollars to support the purchase of over 200 works of art.

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 Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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