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Ligonier Valley


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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!

Postponing Derby Day Gala:


Dear SAMA Community & Gala Supporters,


Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic concerns and recommendations for social distancing, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art board members and Gala Chairs have decided to postpone our Derby Day Gala, scheduled for May 2nd, to a later date this year.


While we remain committed to our cause, we must stay proactive in following health authorities’ recommendations, while also valuing the health and safety of our donors, supporters, staff, and all attending.


As soon as this healthcare crisis ends, we will reschedule the Gala, with the same theme and excitement as planned.  We will share our new date with you in time for your planning and participation.


Please visit SAMA's website periodically during this time. We will continue to provide online programs for our community through our Facebook tutorials and virtual tours.


Thank you for your patience and support!  Stay healthy and safe, and we look forward to seeing you at some point in the near future! 



SAMA Board & Gala Committee Members

2020 Derby Day Auction Preview













2020 Gala Dates


Loretto - Annual Gala, Derby Day, DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Ligonier Valley - A Magical Evening in the Gardens, 06.27.20

Altoona - Think Pink, 10.23.20

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