On Jan. 26, the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art hosted the 16th biennial Elegant Salute, the museum’s largest fundraising event, bringing in more than $300,000 in sponsorships and ticket sales. Elegant Salute is a black-tie event that provides critical funding for exhibitions and educational programs.
The theme for this year’s Elegant Salute was “An Imperial Evening,” inspired by the exhibition The Reluctant Autocrat: Tsar Nicholas II and followed by a “From Russia with Love” dance party with DJ Mahogany.
The sponsorship goal for the event was an ambitious $200,000, but fundraising co-chairs Ham Magill, David Matheny and Gordhan Patel managed to increase that amount by nearly 50 percent, to $279,000. Ticket sales brought in the rest of the amount raised.
The museum relies on private donations to continue its efforts in artistic education and outreach in the state of Georgia and beyond.