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!
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.