Bedford, Pennsylvania – The glitz and glamor of days gone by highlight the upcoming winter gala for arts and animals.
The Southern Allegheny Museum of Art in Bedford, in partnership with the Bedford County Humane Society, hosted a crystal soiree, ‘The Roaring ’20s’, at Omni Bedford Springs Resort, 2138 Business 220, Bedford on January 28th at 6pm.
The dress-up event features fine dining, silent and live auctions, musical entertainment, and dancing.
Christi Draves, Site Director of SAMA-Bedford, said:
“We’ve been waiting for this to come back, but we’re making sure this will be a night everyone will remember, and it will be as good a night as it was before.”
She said the organizers wanted something glamorous when choosing a theme for “The Roaring ’20s.”
“It was glamorous and sparkly, and it blew everyone away,” says Draves.
“This is a fun and interesting theme.
The evening begins with cocktails, followed by a sit-down dinner in the banquet hall with menus prepared by Omni Bedford Springs Resort’s chefs.
“It’s going to be great,” Draves said.
“We have two options for dinner and it’s going to be great.”
Limited table wine and cash bar available.
Entertaining Uptown Jazz
Musical entertainment is provided by Altoona/Hollidaysburg based band Uptown Jazz.
“They are a four-piece quartet, and they play a variety of music to accompany the dances, from old to contemporary,” says Draves.
“They’re a great band and people enjoy them.”
A photo props corner will be set up for those who want to take pictures of the night festival.
The soirée will also feature a silent auction of items such as Omni Bedford Springs Resort packages, restaurant gift cards, Bedford Business themed baskets and a variety of art.
“Many of our diverse local artists will be providing work, as well as some of the more experienced artists who have participated in the exhibition,” said Draves.
Live auctions will include one-of-a-kind pieces such as artwork by former SAMA Director Michael Strueber, photo packages from local photography groups, vacation getaway packages, sports tickets and more.
Draves said attendees will be immersed in the experience of “The Roaring ’20s.”
“It’s a great night where everything is fun,” she said.
“We really want to focus on that, so enjoy your evening supporting these two great organizations.”
Dean Remley, president of the Bedford County Humane Society, said the Humane Society partnered with SAMA-Bedford for the first time at the 2019 Crystal Soiree.
“For a humane society, we only work on donations and fundraising and that’s how we survive,” he said.
“Funds are used for animal feed and veterinary care. We are a no-kill shelter and take in over 300 animals a year, though we accept more.”
Paula Remley, Treasurer of the Humane Society’s Board of Directors, said the Crystal Soiree is a beautiful event where people dress up for dinner and dancing.
“It’s a beautiful venue and it attracts people,” she said.
“We try to keep it exciting, fresh and new with this theme every year.”
Proceeds will help operate and program both organizations.
“We hope that people will continue to visit both entities and continue to support us,” said Paula Remley.
“Come to our shelter, visit our animals and visit our unique museum.”
Tickets are $200 per person.
Reservations must be made by January 13th by calling 814-589-3020 or online at www.sama-art.org/crystalsoiree.
Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available.
Special rates at Omni Bedford Springs Resort are also available by calling 814-623-8100.