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We are able to open our doors to the public free of charge because of proceeds raised from our events. The SAMA museums offer luncheons with guest speakers, art classes, community events and award-winning student education programs. We cannot do it without the support of our communities. Thank you for supporting the museum in YOUR community.
As museums across the globe are navigating new and uncertain circumstances, SAMA is coming up with new ways to connect with the community. As an alternative to large special events, we turn instead to virtual events and intimate gatherings where visitors and staff can engage personally in modified, smaller settings. We are working very hard to maintain and increase our programming and would be grateful for your participation.
Altoona's Dueling Pianos is an electric evening of elegance and excitement hosted typically in the fall at the luxurious The Blairmont Club in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. This event typically includes dinner stations, drinks and a silent auction with an incredible performance of dueling pianos by The Flying Ivories.
Bedford's Crystal Soirée is a black-tie affair typically hosted in the winter at the opulent Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa with dinner and dancing, drink, and live and silent auction. This fundraiser is a partnership sponsored by SAMA and the Bedford County Humane Society.
Ligonier's Garden Party is held in the spring among the beautiful gardens of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley. In 2021, we took guests back to 1969 Woodstock with our nineteenth annual Garden Party. The event was reminiscent of the late 1960s with delicious food, live music, silent auction items, and games of chance.
Loretto Gala is a unique gathering that is a breath of fresh air hosted in the spring at the Winsome Estate located at 391 Tel Power Road, Hollidaysburg, PA. Guests can expect delicious cuisine, beverages, auctions, casino, art, and dancing. After the elation and admiration of the past Derby Day Gala and Preakness Gala, the 2022 date and theme have been chosen in conjunction with The Belmont Stakes on June 11th. As with all of our Galas, we encourage our guests to take part in the theme, this year Belmont themed attire.