KATONAH, N.Y. -- More than 350 art lovers and collectors, business and community leaders and area residents enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the Katonah Museum of Art’s sculpture garden, followed by a four-course dinner and dancing, at the KMA’s annual spring benefit Saturday, May 9.
A very lively “paddle raise” raised close to $100,000 in less than 10 minutes, and guests danced the night away during the after party at a silent disco in the sculpture garden. The event celebrated achievements – past and future – on the 25th anniversary of the museum’s iconic Edward Larrabee Barnes building.
The museum honored Katonah resident and two-time Emmy award-winning documentary producer and founder of Makers, Dyllan McGee.
McGee, who was introduced at the event by Martha Stewart, has been a friend and supporter of the museum for years. Even her children have taken an interest in the museum, and are involved in many art education programs.
"We have to protect the things we love," McGee said. "We are also celebrating -- in keeping with KMA's tradition of female leadership -- the one-year marker of Darsie's appointment as president and supporting her mission to bring the community and the museum even closer together.
"I made fun of all the ways I can't help, but the truth is we can all help. I believe in the power of a strong female leader. I believe in the power of this community. And I believe I get this weird and exciting rush when I toss up a paddle to try to "win" an auction item (I can't afford), and though it's hard to believe that the museum could possibly get any better. I am so excited to see what happens next."
The event was co-chaired by Francesca Miller and Casey Carter. Honorary co-chairs included Mary Lou Beitzel, Judy Evnin, Ginny Gold and Linda Nordberg.
Corporate sponsorship was provided by AOL, Diageo, Glenmede, Houlihan Lawrence, Mackin Architects, DPD Builders, Makers, and Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley. Cuisine was provided by Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships.
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