Floralia: A Seasonal Spectacular
Spring Gala at the Springfield Museums
Friday, April 3, 6-9 pm
The Springfield Museums welcome spring with a celebration titled Floralia: A Seasonal Spectacular! A departure from the traditional December Gala, Floralia will be the Museums’ first spring fundraising event, set during the popular Festival of Flowers, April 3, from 6-9 pm.
“Spring is all about celebrating the bright light of the sun and the glorious colors of flowers,” said Judith Danek, Chair of the Signature Events Committee for the Springfield Museums and Director, Office of the President and Government Relations at Health New England. “We wanted to align our celebration with the energy of spring as the Museums blossom into the 21st century!”
An important fund-raiser for the Museums, Floralia will feature a high-end silent auction. Auction items range from jewelry and original art to international trips and local tours. Included in the list are: Holland Tulip Bike & Barge Tour, dinner for six at The Federal, Frigo’s Wine Gift Baskets, Winvian Farm lunch, private tour for four at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a variety of gift cards, jewelry (including a Paloma Picasso Necklace), and much more.
“We are extremely grateful to our members and friends who have contributed to this event—and especially to the auction, which is a new feature of Floralia,” said Heather Cahill, Director of Development for the Springfield Museums. “Floralia gives us the opportunity to gather museum lovers of all backgrounds to have fun and to raise needed funds in support of the Museums’ mission.”
Founded more than 160 years ago, the Springfield Museums, also known as the People’s College, continue to evolve to meet the needs of its diverse audiences. “Our mission is to inspire curiosity through connections to art, history, science, and Seuss,” said Kay Simpson, President and CEO of the Springfield Museums. “We strive to meet our audience with relevant, fun, informative exhibits and programing—and we depend on the members, sponsors, and friends of the Museums who help make it all possible with their generosity.”
Floralia will include the beautiful Festival of Flowers arrangements throughout two museums; a themed cocktail reception, collaborative art projects; special performances; a high-end silent auction; mingling with community leaders and influencers; and beer, wine, and flower tastings. “Yes, flower tastings,” Cahill said. “We are also encouraging people to wear their favorite floral print or accessory and we will be giving out prizes for the best Floralia attire!”
The evening will be co-chaired by Carlos Gonzalez, Massachusetts State Representative; Melinda Phelps, Partner, Bulkley Richardson; Rick Sullivan, President and CEO, Economic Development Council of Western MA; and James T. Welch, Massachusetts State Senator.
Tickets are $125 for Young Patrons, $150 for Members, and $175 for Nonmembers.
Herb Garden Sponsors
Vegetable Garden Sponsors
Get Set Marketing
Health New England
Zen Garden Sponsors
American International College
Mercy Medical Center
The Foundation Management Group, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
People’s United Bank