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September 6th, 2006
Young Friends Celebrate ‘Midnight in the Garden’ at Rodin Museum this Fall

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 the 15th Anniversary of its annual Rodin Garden Party will take place on Friday evening, September 29, 2006. With a theme of ‘Midnight in the Garden’ the event will celebrate the lush garden setting of the Rodin Museum, home to the largest public collection of works by the celebrated late nineteenth-century French sculptor Auguste Rodin outside of Paris. Over 400 guests are expected to attend this festive evening, ushering in the autumn season while toasting this milestone anniversary. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the acquisition of works of art for the Museum’s collections.

Partygoers will delight in the exquisite sculpture of Rodin while enjoying scrumptious food, an open bar with signature cocktails, and a raffle in the beautiful, historic garden setting. Raffle tickets are available for purchase on the night of the event, and prizes include two round-trip tickets compliments of Southwest Airlines.

The 2006 Rodin Garden Party is chaired by Patty Henhoeffer and Irene Kotok.

Call 215-235-SHOW or visit www.philamuseum.org/youngfriends to reserve tickets. Advance tickets, available until September 19, are $45 for Young Friend Members, $55 for guests or non-Young Friend members, and $50 per person for groups of 6 or more. Tickets are $70 at the door.

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 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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