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January 24th, 2006
Young Friends Will 'Bring on the Knight' at Winter Gala

The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a lively group of young professionals and art enthusiasts who support the Museum, are pleased to announce that its annual Winter Gala will be held February 18, 2006. With a theme of ‘Bring on the Knight’ the gala will celebrate the Museum’s magnificent collection of arms and armor. Over 1,000 guests are expected to attend this festive evening filled with dancing, great food, and fabulous raffle prizes. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the acquisition of works of art for the Museum’s collections.

Presented by CBIZ, Inc., the evening will be a "knight" to remember from 8 p.m. until midnight. The second floor galleries housing the distinguished and popular Kienbusch Collection of arms and armor will be open for guests to enjoy. Highlights of the evening include a high-end raffle; dessert donated by leading Philadelphia-area restaurants and bakeries and an open bar; and live music performed all night by The Elastic Wasteband. The 2006 Winter Gala is chaired by Sandi Macan, Joey Marie McCool, and Greg McPherson.

Call 215-235-SHOW or visit www.philamuseum.org to reserve tickets. Prior to the event, tickets are $85 for members, $95 for nonmembers. Advance tickets are available until February 9. At the door, tickets are $125 for everyone. VIP tickets at $200 and include a private reception and curator-lead tour of the arms and armor collection. Friends Circle tickets at $1,500 provide discounted VIP tickets for groups of ten.

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 21-45) 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 in the fall at the Rodin Museum, private tours of the Museum’s galleries, previews of special exhibitions and First Friday gatherings 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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