UMass Fine Arts Center “Bal Masque,” the 30th Annual Gala, Auction & Preview
February 2, 2019
6:00 pm-11:30 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
Held annually since 1989, the gala is a fundraiser for the Fine Arts Center’s Arts/Accessoutreach programs that provide free Angel Tickets to local human service agencies and supports daytime Global Arts performances for school-aged children, as well as support for Jazz in July scholarships, special exhibitions, artist residencies, and more.
Guests are invited to dress in their finest evening attire or festive best, with or without a mask.The evening starts with cocktails, raw bar, hors d’oeuvres, red carpet photos, sponsored by dani.fine Photography, and an 'early bird' silent auction. At 8 p.m. guests will sit down for a three-course dinner prepared by presenting sponsor UMass Catering and its awarding winning chefs. As dinner wraps up, the FAC’s programming team will tease season highlights before launching into an entertaining live auction filled with treasures from local artists and businesses. The rest of the evening is filled with dancing to music by DJ Caleb Wetmore, sponsored by Finck & Perras Insurance and Arbella Insurance Group.
The auctions include a wide array of items, including fine art, original creations, getaways, themed baskets, and more, all donated by local businesses and artists. More auction highlights are listed below. To stay updated on who’s attending and what’s up for bid, join the UMass Fine Arts Center Gala Event on Facebook.
Gala tickets are $125 per person. Sponsorships are still available starting at $600, call 413-545-4253 for more info. The event sold out last year so buying tickets early is encouraged. For tickets, call the box office at 545-2511 or toll-free at 800-999-UMAS, or purchase them online at fineartscenter.com/gala. Attendees will receive free parking in the Campus Center Garage and are eligible for a discounted rate of $119 to stay overnight at Hotel UMass on campus. Book online at hotelumass.com or call 877-822-2110 by January 12 and use code: FAC19C.
Bal Masque Gala Auction Highlights:
- Tom Friedman’s “Mother and Child” 2016 Inkjet Print; 1 of 6; Plus studio visit & tour with Friedman
- Nantucket Food & Wine Festival VIP package for 2 including Thursday night’s gala event
- Hamilton on Broadway! Two tickets to the Saturday, September 21 matinee
- Rob Gronkowski authentic, autographed NFL game jersey
- Two tickets to sold-out Joan Baez “Fare Thee Well Tour, 2019” with deluxe overnight accommodations & champagne welcome at The Hotel Northampton and dinner at Eastside Grill
Cooley Dickinson Health Care, Greenfield and Northampton Cooperative Banks, and UMass Catering
Red Carpet Sponsors:
Finck & Perras Insurance Agency and Arbella Insurance Group
Delap Real Estate and UMass Amherst Provost John McCarthy & Professor Ellen Woolford
Applied Mortgage Services, Susan Clopton & John Levine, Czelusniak Funeral Home, Tanya and Mark Fuller, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Forget-Me-Not Florist, Gordon and Pamela Oakes, Gove Law Offices, Hart & Patterson Financial Group, PeoplesBank, Protocol School of Amherst, Quad/Graphics, Thelo Home & Modern Wellness, UMass Alumni Association, and WEIB 106.3 Smooth FM
Curran and Keegan Financial, Davis Financial Group, Willie & Beverly Hill, Hope & Feathers Framing & Printing, Lynne Griesemer & Bryan Harvey, Integrity Development & Construction, Law Office of Amanda Zedonis Kemp, MaxGate Properties, Ostberg & Associates, Prindle Music School, Robinson & Donovan, P.C., and Whalen Insurance
Gala Volunteer Planning Committee
Terry Peters, Co-Chair; Rhonda Venne, Co-Chair; Tanya Fuller, Co-Chair
Lindsay Berry, Madelyn Bonnot Griffin, Rosemary Caine, Carol Moore Cutting, JoAnne Finck, Michael Gove, Beverly Hill, Jane Johnson, Paul Peelle, Justin Pelis, Maureen Raab, and Mariah Swanson