Museum’s 13th Annual Gala Fundraiser is Sept. 13
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The Museum Center at Five Points will host its 13th Annual Gala fundraiser on Sept. 16. This year’s Gala theme is a light-hearted look at the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas, called “Viva Cle-Vegas!” The ever-popular gala is the museum’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Museum Director Lisa Simpson Lutts said, “We are always so grateful for the many Gala sponsors and attendees who help us raise these needed funds.

“Monies raised at the Gala go toward our annual exhibits and education programs, as well as for preserving the history of Cleveland and Bradley County. Without the generosity of our donors we could not maintain the significant programming we do throughout the year.”

The museum raises 90 percent of its income through fundraisers, membership, rentals, admissions, and museum store sales. The remainder of the annual operating funds come through donations from the city of Cleveland and Bradley County.

Gala committee member Christy Griffith, said “The Gala fundraiser is an extraordinary event featuring the best of the best from food to entertainment. Each Gala has been a fabulous night to remember and this year’s will be no exception.”

The Gala event will be catered by Alshabibi Catering. The band Sahara Drive will be performing with dancing until midnight. Tables of eight can be reserved for a $5,000 Patron Level Sponsorship. Sponsors also receive a Patron level membership in the museum, one free facility rental during the year for a party, and 10 free family memberships to give away as gifts.

Van Deacon, president of the board of trustees said, “The Museum Center at Five Points is a great asset to our community. In addition to preserving our local history it has also played an instrumental role in the revitalization of the downtown Five Points area. The Gala is an important way for community members to support the museum and its programs.”

Tickets for the Gala are available at $175 per person, which includes a gourmet dinner.

A $1,000 Sustainer Level Sponsorship receives two free tickets to the Gala, a Sustainer level membership in the museum, two discounts on facility rentals, free use of the conference center for a meeting, and two free family memberships to give as gifts.

The Gala Committee includes community members Ahmed Alshabibi, Jo Benjamin, Ken Cagle, Janey Cooke, Jeanette Fetter, Sissy Figlestahler, Veronica Fox, Christy Griffith, Traci Hamilton, Judy Pickle, Kelly Smith, and Lisa Simpson Lutts.

The Museum Center is a private, not-for-profit museum that interprets the history and culture of Cleveland, Bradley County, and the Ocoee Region.

For further information about the Gala or to purchase tickets, contact Ken Cagle at the museum at 423-339-5745. Reservations can be made until Sept. 12.