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Proceeds from the Penn Museum Golden Gala support our work of ongoing excavations and research, educational and public programming, and stewardship of our world-renowned collections.


Co-Chairs

Isabella de la Houssaye and David Crane Lily and Peter Ferry C79

Dinner Chairs

Lori Wachs W90 and Ali Velshi

An Evening in the Fertile Crescent
Celebrating the Opening of the Middle East Galleries

Saturday, April 14 Penn Museum

Enjoy cocktails and late-night dancing in a vast tent draped in gold and greenery, dine under one of the largest domed ceilings in the world, and tour brand new galleries—showcasing magnificent objects thousands of years old—with the extraordinary team of curators and international designers who created them. For one night only, experience the celebrated architecture, gardens, and fountains of the Penn Museum, dressed up as a lush, gold-tipped oasis reminiscent of the famed hanging gardens of Babylon. We invite you to join us on Saturday, April 14, 2018, for an evening in the fertile crescent at the Museum’s biennial Golden Gala, celebrating the opening of world-class new Middle East Galleries.


Event Details

5:45 pm Early admission for Presenting, Premier, Prime and, Benefactor level ticket holders
6:30 pm Cocktail Reception and exhibition preview of our new Middle East Galleries
7:45 pm Dinner
9:30 pm Late night party

Ticket and Table Levels

All levels include cocktail reception, exhibition viewing, late night party, valet parking and recognition in the gala program


Presenting Sponsor: $100,000 ($94,900 tax deductible)

Early admission for 20 guests (two tables), premier dinner seating, exclusive opportunity to host a private event with access to the Middle East Galleries during Preview Week, prior to the public opening on April 21, 2018*

Premier Sponsor: $50,000 ($47,450 tax deductible)

Early admission for 10 guests (one table), premier dinner seating and have the exclusive opportunity to host a private event with after-hours access to the Middle East Galleries within the first weeks of public opening*

Prime Sponsor: $25,000 ($22,450 tax deductible)

Early admission for 10 guests (one table), preferred dinner seating, and VIP access passes for a curator tour of the Middle East Galleries at a later date

Sponsor: $10,000 ($7,700 tax deductible)

Admission for 10 guests (one table) and VIP access passes for a return visit the Middle East Galleries at a later date

Benefactor Ticket: $2,500 ($2,245 tax deductible)

Early admission for one guest and VIP access pass for a return visit the Middle East Galleries at a later date

Patron Ticket: $1,000 ($770 tax deductible)

Admission for one guest

Purchase Tickets

or fill out and mail in our registration form.

For questions about the Golden Gala, please contact Kristen Lauerman or call Kristen at 215.573.5251


*Although rental, security, and house keeping costs will be waived, catering costs will apply.


Accommodations

For your convenience, special room rates for have been arranged at The Study and the AKA University City for the weekend.

AKA University City To reserve a room, contact Hasna Achik, Group Services Coordinator at 1-267-463-5227 and request the “Penn Museum Gala” rate.
The Study at University City Click here to book a room under the Penn Museum Gala rate.

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