2015 Annual Gala

The evening honors Elizabeth Sonneborn for her support of arts institutions in Albany.

Denise & Tony Gorman's home

Cocktails 6:00 P.M.
Dinner 7:00 P.M.

Cocktail attire

Hosted by Jim Kambrich

Sip cocktails on the lawn, enjoy entertainment, and share a seat under the tent for a lovely dinner catered by Franklin Hospitality/Michael's Catering.

Please note: The Blemont Stakes will be broadcast during the event. The race is scheduled to start at approximately 6:32pm.

Tickets start at $225 and proceeds benefit the exhibitions and programs of the Albany Institute. Please call Briana at 463-4478 ext. 412 to join us or to make a donation in Betty's honor.

Gala Committee

Honorary Chairs: Denise & Tony Gorman

Laurie Baldwin, Deborah Bennett, Frances Chiaretta-Smith, Denise Crisafulli, Beth Desmond, Sarah Elmendorf DiStefano, Barbara Featherstonhaugh, Barbara Hoehn, Kimberly Sanger Jones, Jill Leonard, Jean Lewis Maloy, Jennifer Oberting, Morgan White Whalen, Karen Writer

Gala History

The Albany Institute of History & Art’s Gala is one of the most prestigious events in the Capital Region, attracting more than 350 individuals from our business, social and philanthropic community.

The Gala provides the financial foundation for the Albany Institute, an organization that has served the Capital Region community since it was founded in 1791. The Institute is one of the oldest museums in the country, and remains committed to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and promoting the history of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley.

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For questions, please contact Mimi Fahy, Special Events Associate, at 518-463-4478 x418 or email fahym@albanyinstitute.org.


Saturday, June 1, 2024 at the Fort Orange Club, Albany NY.

Alan is one of the Albany Institute’s closest friends, serving on the museum’s board of trustees since 1989. Alan was its Chair from 1994 -1999 and led the fundraising that transformed the Albany Institute into the modern museum facility and campus we have today. That fundraising effort positioned the museum to complete a capital campaign, and begin providing world-class exhibitions, year-round education programming for all ages, and host special events to over 20,000 visitors annually. Alan is currently the Institute's Vice Chair.

For questions about Corporate Sponsorship, please contact Nicholas DeMarco, Director of Development, at 518-463-4478 x437 or email demarcon@albanyinstitute.org.


The Albany Institute’s staff and Board of Trustees thank you for your commitment to the museum.