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December 13th, 2002
Young Friends Plan Annual Winter Gala Set for February 1, 2003 at Museum

PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 13, 2002)—The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a lively group of art enthusiasts and young professionals, is pleased to announce the annual Winter Gala scheduled for February 1, 2003.

The Museum’s Great Stair Hall provides an incomparable backdrop for an evening of art and dancing from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. The galleries will be open for guests to enjoy works by Toulouse-Lautrec, van Gogh, Monet, Cézanne, and other masters. Highlights of the black-tie event include Elastic Wasteband performing popular music; a silent auction featuring items ranging from beauty and fitness packages to clothing and jewelry; a drawing for two business class round-trip tickets to Germany courtesy of Lufthansa German Airlines; and libations from Grey Goose Vodka and Reinheit Importers. The Winter Gala drew nearly 700 guests last year.

Call 215-235-SHOW to reserve tickets. Prior to the event, tickets are $63 for members, $73 for non-members. Tickets at the door are $80.

Press Party:
Members of the press are invited to join with the Young Friends and the Winter Gala planning committee on January 7, 2003, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Le Castagne Ristorante at 1920 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Please call Emily Raabe to RSVP at 215-684-7364.

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 (generally 20 something to early-40 something) 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 at the Rodin Museum, private tours of the galleries, and monthly First Friday "Happy Hours" held in Old City locations.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia's art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

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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