Join the 2018 Museum Gala Honorary Committee

The Albany Institute of History & Art’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the 2018 Museum Gala. This year’s gala will be held on Saturday, June 16 with with dinner in the museum galleries for the first time in a long time. We will celebrate the museum’s award-winning exhibitions and programs. This year’s gala is At the museum, For the museum.

Phoebe Powell Bender is our 2018 Museum Gala honoree. Recognized as an immensely accomplished and devoted volunteer within the non-profit community, Phoebe has worked tirelessly with countless boards and organizations to support the arts, public policy and reproductive health for over 50 years. She was honored as a SUNY Albany Laureate in 2004. Her dedication to volunteer work is especially evident from her longstanding history with the Albany Institute, which first began in 1962 when she became a member of its Women’s Council. She joined the Board in 1983, was elected vice president in 1984, and served as president from 1986 to 1991, making her the first woman president of the museum since 1791. Today, she remains a dedicated supporter of the Institute as an associate member of the Board and library volunteer.

This year’s gala will celebrate the museum. There is no better way to experience this celebration than to have dinner in our beautiful galleries, surrounded by artwork. It promises to be a night to remember. The evening will begin with cocktails followed by a lovely seated dinner from Mazzone Hospitality. Auctions, pop-up exhibitions, and surprise entertainment will be part of the festivities. This year’s gala will be a truly memorable event as we continue to support the museum’s future.

To join the Honorary Committee, print and mail in this form, or join online. Please respond by April 23, 2018 to be included on the invitation.

Honorary Committee Ticket Options:

Benefactor Level: $500 per person

Patron Level: $350 per person

Junior Level (40 & under): $300 per person

If you are not able to attend the event but would like to make a donation to honor Phoebe Powell Bender, or if you have any questions, contact Nicki Brown at

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