The University Museum’s gala “Night in Venice” was a party
to remember. Guests in glitzy masks and festive mood dined on Venetian
delicacies and were entertained by Harry’s Bar House Combo (a lively student
quartet), the IUP Little Big Band, vocalists Laura Ferguson and Joe Baunoch,
and dancers of the Mahoning Valley Ballet directed by Joan Van Dyke.
Auctioneer Michael Charnego sparked excitement in the Blue
Room as he conducted a live auction featuring some surprise additions to
the listed items. Guests competed in spirited bidding for objects of desire,
including a Venetian-inspired gemstone ring designed by G. C. Wyant especially
for this event.
Thanks to the generosity of all our auction donors, gala
sponsors, guests, and contributors who could not attend, the Museum exceeded
its fundraising goal for this benefit event.
The annual gala supports the Museum’s admission-free
exhibitions and related public programs. Proceeds from the evening also are
used to build and care for the permanent collection of art and cultural
In the photograph above, Elaine and Jim Palmer dance to the music of Michael Kingan and the IUP Little Big Band. In the photograph at left, Gary and Stacey Wyant model their masks.