Dear Philadelphia Sketch Club Members & Friends:
The Philadelphia Sketch Club will be hosting its 156th Anniversary Gala on October 15, 2016, and will be honoring three of the nationʼs top artists. The Gala will feature a live art auction, silent auction, hors dʼoeuvres and dinner buffet, cocktails, and music. Black tie, business or creative attire are acceptable. The Gala brings together our members, patrons, supporters, friends, sponsors, neighbors as well as businesses like you, for an evening of celebration to support the Philadelphia Sketch Club.
We invite you to help us make the 2016 Gala a smashing success by participating in our event. By doing so, you will be able to contribute to the vibrancy of our neighborhood by supporting our local cultural community and target new customers.
You can participate by:
• MAKING A DONATION TO THE SILENT AUCTION and/or
• ADVERTISING IN THE PROGRAM BOOK and/or
• BECOMING A SPONSOR (at the $1000 or higher level)
Founded in 1860 the Philadelphia Sketch Club is the oldest artists club in America. We have more than 275 members, young and venerable, accomplished and burgeoning artists, as well as dedicated volunteers, and patrons of the arts that come to our historic headquarters to draw, paint, print, socialize, and support the arts. By supporting the 2016 Gala, you will help us grow our educational programs, workshops and community outreach. Your contribution will enrich the cultural profile of the Club and artistic community.
Please visit www.sketchclub.org for more information and instructions on how to join our effort, or call me at 267-664- 2434. You can also email any questions to email@example.com. Iʼll be pleased to help you with any of the information for the benefits outlined in the enclosures. Thank you for your participation in, and support of thePhiladelphia Sketch Club‘s 156th Anniversary Gala.
The Philadelphia Sketch Club will be hosting its 156th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 15, 2016. One of the highlights of the event is that we will be honoring three of the nation’s top artists, Jan Baltzell, Eileen Goodman and Cindi Ettinger. We will be presenting each with the Philadelphia Sketch Club Medal for their significant achievements in the visual arts. This will be a fun and highly visible event. It will bring together our members, patrons, supporters, friends, sponsors and neighbors. It will feature a live art auction, silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, cocktails and music. It is critical that this event be a success as it is a significant fund raising vehicle for the Club.
As a member or friend of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, you can make our event a success by putting some thought into how you can help with this effort. You can participate by:
• Purchasing tickets for you and a guest(s).
• Encouraging you friends to purchase tickets and attend. Ticket may be purchased on our website (sketchclub.org) or you can give us their names and addresses and we will make sure they are sent an invitation.
• Contact a friend or business that may donate an item to our silent auction. Donors of silent auction items will be recognized in our program booklet.
• Contact an individual or business that would place an ad in our program booklet.
• Contribute an additional donation to the Gala fund. Any support of $1,000 or more will get sponsor recognition in the program booklet.
We have the backing of many important members of the artistic community. Members of our Honorary Gala Committee include David R. & Holly Trostle Brigham (David is President and CEO of PAFA and Holly is an Artist); William R. Valerio, Director & CEO, Woodmere Art Museum; Lisa Tremper Hanover, Director & CEO, James A. Michener Art Museum; John & Cindy Affleck (John is President of Woodmere Art Museum‘s Board of Trustees and a second generation Philadelphia Sketch Club Member whose father, Ralph Affleck, was President of the PSC in 1951/52); Bill Scott, Artist & Member of Philadelphia Sketch Club‘s Board of Trustees; Christopher Schmidt, Artist & Director of the Schmidt Dean Gallery; Dorothy J. del Bueno, Member of Woodmere Art Museum‘s Board and Collections Committee; Sharon Ewing, Director of Gross McCleaf Gallery; Stephen Tarantal, Interim Provost and Professor Emeritus, the University of the Arts; Sally Bellet, Board Member at Woodmere Art Museum and Drexel University; Karen Lightner, Head of the Art & Literature Departments at the Free Library of Philadelphia; and David Weiss, Vice President at Freeman’s Auction, a specialist on the Antiques Roadshow and guest auctioneer for the Gala auction.
The event will be a fun affair where you can socialize with Philadelphia Sketch Club members, members of the Honorary Gala Committee and the three honorees; enjoy the food and beverages and perhaps win one of the eight or so artworks that will be part of our live auction. The auction items will be posted on our website at a later date. Your help to market this year’s Gala is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact me.
Bill Patterson, Chair, 156th Anniversary Gala, Philadelphia Sketch Club, 235 S. Camac St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
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