Museum Center at 5ive Points’ Gala celebrates community and volunteers

Cleveland, Tenn. (October 7, 2013)—The Golden Era of the roaring 20’s was resurrected in dazzling fashion at The Museum Center at 5ive Points’ annual gala on Friday, Sept. 20. The “Flappers and Fedoras” fundraiser benefited the Museum’s exhibits and programming, through the support of community members.

“I'm thrilled to see our community come out to support the Museum,” said Executive Director Hassan Najjar. “Our members really got into the theme this year. We had a lot of interesting and fun costumes, which really made the night special.” 

Approximately 200 guests attended the fundraiser, which was catered by Alshabibi Catering. Attendees participated in a live auction and danced to the Dexter Thomas Band until after midnight.

“Over the past fifteen years, the annual Museum Center Gala has flourished, making it the event to attend in Cleveland,” said Museum Board President Christy Griffith. “This year’s event honored the George R. Johnson Family Foundation, a supporter of the Museum Center since its inception. It was definitely a night to remember.”

The Gala also provided the opportunity to publically honor Museum Volunteer of the Year Franklin Chancey and Guild Member of the Year Ursula Smith.

"We would be lost without our volunteers!” said Najjar. “I'm honored to have Franklin and Ursula as part of the Museum family. Our daily operation depends on our energetic and dedicated volunteer staff. We simply could not operate without them."

Major support for the annual gala was provided by Sherry Brown, Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory, McReynolds Family Foundation, and Jones Management. Additional support was provided by Chancey, Kanavos, Love & Painter and Whirlpool. 

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.