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Georgia Museum plans Elegant Salute

On Nov. 18, the Georgia Museum of Art will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Elegant Salute, its biennial gala hosted by the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art.

Elegant Salute X will honor M. Smith Griffith, who founded the fundraiser 20 years ago and served as chair of the first five galas, according to Ann Scoggins and C.L. Morehead Jr., co-chairs for Elegant Salute X.

” ‘Smitty,’ as she is affectionately known at the museum, recognized the need for a major fundraiser to benefit the museum,” Scoggins said. “She began a tradition that has grown into one of the most anticipated events in Athens.”

In the past, the proceeds from Elegant Salute have been used in support of the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. This year, all funds raised will be directed toward the museum’s most important concern of 2006-the construction of its Phase II addition.

“This year’s Elegant Salute occurs at a crucial time in the museum’s history; that is a time of expansion of both facilities and programming,” said William U. Eiland, the museum’s director. “Elegant Salute is an opportunity for all of our supporters to join us in this exciting project, because all proceeds from Elegant Salute will go to construction of Phase II, which is so necessary for our future.”

Tickets for Elegant Salute X are $250 per person; for more information, call Tim Brown at (706) 542-0427.