Partygoers will have more room to dance, to chat and to consider works up for auction when the Winter Gala benefiting the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts moves to Blackwell Ballroom and the Maugans Alumni Center in 2018. Set for Saturday, March 3, from 8 p.m. to midnight, the gala will spread out into several rooms in Maugans, with a live band and dancing taking center stage in the ballroom, works offered in the silent auction presented for consideration in separate rooms upstairs, and spaces outside the ballroom set up as quieter conversation areas.

“We envision the LCVA as a place for everyone, and we take that ‘place’ with us no matter where we go,” said LCVA Executive Director Rachel Talent Ivers. “That vision is woven into the theme of this year’s biennial gala and is conveyed visually through the hospitality pineapple, a widely recognized symbol of welcome.”


As always, the gala will also feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Sponsorships beginning at the $500 level are currently available and offer a range of benefits, including early entry (6 p.m.) to the gala and a tax-deductible contribution. Ticket packages, which include two tickets and early entry (7 p.m.) to the gala, are $275 and will be available for purchase beginning Dec. 1. A limited number of $125 individual tickets (gala only) will be available beginning Jan. 8, 2018.

Gala chairs for 2018 are Mark and Tammy Southall; honorary chairs are Dr. Helen Warriner-Burke ’56, president of the LCVA Advisory Board, and Pat Burke.

All proceeds from the gala benefit the LCVA’s community outreach programs, which include workshops at the museum for children, families and adults; the art portion of Camp Unity, a program for disabled adults; and art education for area schoolchildren. For more information, contact or 434-395-2206.

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