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SAMA is able to offer free admission to its four museums thanks in large part to its fundraisers. As a non-profit organization, public donations and funds raised through events such as the Gala, the Garden Party, and The Art of Wine and Fashion are critical to SAMA’s success. These funds help us to maintain museum operations and sustain SAMA programs. Your support at these events helps us to bring art into the classrooms of schools across our six-county region and serve more than 15,000 students annually. Our fundraisers also help support SAMA initiatives like the Museum/Healthcare Partnership Program which helps area residents who suffer from chronic pain and discomfort. Additionally, these events also serve as “friend raisers,” providing the Museum with a vehicle for corporate and individual membership development, exhibition and education program awareness, and building new audiences throughout the region.

Through these fundraisers, SAMA raises unrestricted dollars through corporate donations and underwriting marketing initiatives, the selling of objects donated to live and silent auctions, and admission fees. Each year, hundreds of volunteers dedicate themselves to these events, which in turn typically attract more than 700 paying guests. For more information on SAMA’s fundraisers, or if you are interested in joining an organizing committee, please contact the Museum at (814) 472-3920.




SAMA GalaOver the past three decades, the Gala has evolved into one of the most sophisticated and complex outdoor social events in Pennsylvania. The event, held on the campus of Saint Francis University in Loretto, combines fine art, gourmet cuisine, live music and a variety of games of chance to create an electric ambience. Live and silent auctions feature spectacular items such as artwork, vacation packages, antiques, collectibles, and much more. The 2012 Gala welcomed a record number of guests as 418 individuals came out to “Celebrate the Arts.” Nearly another 400 were in attendance in 2013 for SAMA's 35th annual Gala, "Asian Fusion." The Museum is indebted to the patrons, sponsors, benefactors and donors who contributed to a successful program. We also acknowledge our co-chairs, Jim Cayce, Marian Morgan, Nancy Sheetz, and Michael Strueber, for organizing a truly spectacular event.



To read a press release about the 2013 Gala, please click here.



  Garden party


SAMA Garden PartySAMA-Ligonier Valley’s Garden Party is a community event designed to benefit the Museum and its lavish 400-square-foot flower gardens. Since its inception in 2002, the event has welcomed more than 1,200 individuals. The Garden Party begins with a champagne reception in the gallery celebrating the featured exhibition. Following the reception, guests proceed outside under a tent on the Museum lawn for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Live music is often featured, and a silent auction provides an opportunity to purchase a variety of items including artwork, antiques, collectibles, garden accessories, gift baskets, and much more. This year’s twelfth annual Garden Party was chaired by Joyce Collins and Peggy Shepler. The 2014 Garden Party is scheduled for June 7.


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To read a press release about the 2013 Garden Party, please click here.



  Think Pink/the art of wine and fashion


SAMA Art of Wine and FashionIn recent years, SAMA-Altoona’s The Art of Wine and Fashion fundraiser has become one of the Altoona area’s most anticipated and sophisticated annual events. The program, which debuted in 2003, combines the excitement of big city clubbing with a night of high fashion and fine dining while also celebrating and supporting the arts. In 2013, the Museum rebranded the event as Think Pink. While the program format remains the same, SAMA will donate a portion of the proceeds from the event to the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. The program begins at the Altoona Museum for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, before moving next door to The Columns for a buffet dinner, dessert, dancing, and silent auction. Following dinner is a style show produced by las trés vintage wearables featuring an assortment of elegant ensembles for men and women.  The 2013 event is scheduled for November 1. Kim Irwin serves as Chair with Jim Cayce as Co-Chair.


To watch a segment about Think Pink on WTAJ-TV's Central PA Live, visit:


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To read a press release about the 2012 The Art of Wine and Fashion, please click here.



  night of distinction


SAMA Night of DistinctionThe newest of SAMA’s major fundraisers, Night of Distinction debuted in 2012 as a venue to honor the Museum’s most benevolent patrons. The event features dinner, as well as presentation of SAMA’s Trustees Emeritus and Service to the Arts Award recipients. In recent years, SAMA introduced Betty Gamble, Jeanne Gleason, Edgar Dean Nelson and Shirley Pechter as Trustees Emeritus. Service to the Arts awards were presented to J. William Meek III, director and owner of the Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, Florida, and the Wolf-Kuhn Foundation, a charitable organization that has been instrumental in building SAMA’s collection of more than 4,000 works of art.


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To read a press release about the 2013 Night of Distinction dinner, please click here.