The Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center is rolling out the red carpet and preparing for its largest fundraiser of the year, with the Annual Gala on Gallia event this weekend.
Gala on Gallia is a black tie optional event to the theme of “a night of black and white.” Guests will be welcomed with open arms to tour the many high-end auction items, while smooth jazz keeps the mood set and a complimentary bar furnishes everyone with cold drinks.
“We give guests a really good party and the spread of food is the best you will ever get at any fundraiser,” Artistic Director Charlotte Gordon said. “We plan for an amazing night.”
Some of the items on the menu include coffee by @ the Lofts, cupcakes from 83 Sweets, curried butternut squash soup, sushi, buffalo chicken stuffed peppers, crab cakes with lemon aioli, and over a dozen additional items.
Gordon explained the event always goes over well, because there is a diverse crowd and the auction items range from high-end to more affordable items.
The auction items are mostly art pieces, but not all are. Some of the large items include a plane ride, a whitewater rafting trip, two professional art commissions, artworks, crystal, and more.
When the auction comes to an end, Gordon says the fun really begins.
“The auction will end around nine and music will take off, morphing the night into a really, really fun evening,” Gordon said.
After the Gala events are over, the side doors of the museum will open and guests will be invited to spend the evening in the Security Central Plaza for the Alley Afterglow, where guests can mingle and listen to jazz, drink scotch, and smoke cigars.
“It is a fun way to wind down the evening and party under the stars,” Gordon said. “It is always a welcomed addition.”
All proceeds from the event will go towards longevity of the museum and to maintain staffing and programming
Gala on Gallia is at the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center (SOMACC), 825 Gallia Street, Portsmouth. The events will begin at 6 p.m. Single admission is $75 and couple admission is $150. Gordon said that there are no additional fees or charges throughout the night, outside of bids. Someone at the museum may be reached at 740-354-5629.
“This is a nice night to meet your friends out at the museum,” Gordon said. “The museum isn’t just an art gallery, either, but so much more; we always encourage these types of fun events in the town’s cultural center.”
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Emily Uldrich, a museum staff member, getting the museum ready for this weekend.