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Celebrating in grand fashion

Jan. 19, 2013 @ 10:55 PM

HUNTINGTON -- With a little less than one month to go before the Huntington Museum of Art's Museum Ball, it's full steam ahead for the committee responsible for making it happen.

The ball begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the museum, where the theme will be "Here's Looking at You: Thanking the Tri-State for 60 Years of Support."

Museum Ball Committee Chairwoman Halcyon Moses said committee members really are working hard to make sure they pull out all of the stops for the anniversary celebration.

"Right now we are in the final push to make sure we are getting the right auction items, confirming sponsors and selling tickets," said Moses. "All of our committee members are working non-stop when they have time away from their full-time lives to make sure this ball is going to be a good celebration for the 60th anniversary."

The annual black-tie event is the biggest annual fundraiser for the museum, which uses the money for general operating expenses, which includes anything from paying salaries and bills to supporting its wide range of classes for the public, Moses said.

Valet parking at the event will be available courtesy of Cabell Huntington Hospital, and free souvenir photographs for those attending the event will be taken by Huntington Quarterly.

The museum will be elaborately decorated for the event, and dinner will be served by Wellington's.

A cocktail reception and high-end silent auction begin at 6 p.m., and seating for dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. Music for the event will be provided by The Company beginning at 9 p.m.

The event is known for its unique themes and festive atmosphere, which, for the second year in a row, will include live actors to set the mood for the evening.

"Last year, we had students from Marshall University's Theater Department who dressed as woodland fairies and moved around the ball all night, and it really goes a long way with spreading the fun atmosphere," she said. "This year, we are going to have people dressed as celebrities to mingle with the crowd, and it's going to be really exciting."

Those actors will not only be in on the fun, but they also will help in fundraising efforts for the night.

Advance tickets for the 50/50 Cash Raffle at the event are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20.

The night of the event, "celebrity" guests can measure someone's "wing" span for an equal length of 50/50 Cash Raffle tickets from fingertip to fingertip for $50.

Even with all of the loose ends that need tying up and the legwork that is ahead of them, Moses said all of the effort is worth keeping the museum going.

"So many of the people who come to the ball have been coming here for years," she said. "Many people have been supporting the museum their whole lives in visits when they were children and now in giving back with this ball. It's part of so many lives, and it is worth carrying it on for many more."

Guest tickets for the Huntington Museum of Art's Museum Ball are $200 per person. For more information or to reserve seats or corporate tables, contact Tess Moore at 304-529-2701, ext. 327. Guest tickets can be purchased online at www.hmoa.org.

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