Our Signature Events

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA) holds several themed annual gala fundraisers each year unique to the areas in which our museums reside: Altoona's Think Pink; Bedford's Crystal Soirée; Ligonier Valley's Garden Party; And, Loretto's themed gala.


The proceeds raised from our gala events help to sustain the museum's operations.

We cannot do it without the support of our communities. Thank you for supporting the museum in YOUR community!



                                  SAMA Ligonier's Garden Party:

                                                              Well, it would have been groovy to have our Woodstock
                                                              Garden Party, but the pandemic has socked it to us again!
                                                              We wanted to keep everyone safe and healthy so our
                                                              Peace, Love, and Music Event will have to wait. These are
                                                              certainly challenging times, and as you know these                                                                               fundraising events are crucial to our operations. So, if you                                                                   can help us continue to fulfill our mission, it would be greatly
                                                              appreciated. Thank you.

                                         A special Thank You to our sponsors!

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Derby Day Gala:


We're betting the September 5th Derby Day Gala

will be a memorable evening with amazing 

hors d'oeuvres, classic Derby drinks, and a

well-stocked selection of beverages.  There will

be an exciting live auction featuring extraordinary

vacation packages, furniture, and art. The Casinos

will be open all evening and your winnings used to

rein in the bountiful gift baskets. The silent auction

will be set up as themed boutiques and will feature

one-of-a-kind experiences, unique jewelry, and art



The night will be filled with red roses, music, laughter, the clinking of glasses, and dancing, all in the traditional SAMA Gala style. Please save the date and join us in September for the Derby Day Gala so we can all go the distance to support the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. 

                                               Gala Live Auction:

                                             First on the live auction block at the Derby Day Gala on September 5th is this                                                                 amazing 22"x32" limited edition lithograph of Seattle Slew, the American                                                                       Thoroughbred race horse who won the Triple Crown in 1977. This captures the                                                               moment Jean Cruguet electrified the thoroughbred racing word with his bold                                                                 victory salute in front of the Belmont wire.

                                                     Only 500 of this lithograph were produced and this is #1 of 500 that were done! It                                                         is dated 1977 and has the actual signatures of the jockey, Jean Cruguet and the                                                             artist, Bernie Fuchs. Three unredeemed $2 Win tickets from

                                                     the Kentucky Derby, Pimlico, and Belmont 

                                                     are in the bottom left corner.


                                                     This piece will be a proud and valuable

                                                     possession as long as jockeys and horses                                                                                                                             compete in the sport of kings. This piece

                                                     was purchased and owned by Charles                                                             

                                                     Gorsuch of Altoona, PA and donated by

                                                     his wife Helen Gorsuch.

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