Press Release

CMA announces 2013 Gala: Le Bal Du Moulin Rouge

Columbia, SC – The Columbia Museum of Art is transformed into a spectacle of sheer delight for the most talked about event of the year, the annual black-tie fundraising gala. Le Bal Du Moulin Rouge is on Saturday, March 2 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight and tickets are on sale now.

Celebrate the exhibition, Impressionism from Monet to Matisse in the spirit of Parisian style, as the CMA becomes the famed Moulin Rouge. Revel in the excitement and romance of an iconic Parisian experience and be captivated by the joie de vivre. This exclusive affair features specialty cocktails, delicious French inspired cuisine from Southern Way, an authentic patisserie with delicious sweets by Ally & Eloise and performances by some of the city’s most talented entertainers including the Reggie Sullivan Band, the SC Contemporary Dance Company and a live performance in the Moulin Rouge Theatre by the USC Dance Company.

Gala tickets are $150 per person and support the Museum’s mission to celebrate outstanding artistic creativity through its collection, exhibitions and programs. Complimentary valet parking is available on Hampton Street. To purchase tickets, visit or call 803.799.2810.

The Gala is conceived and organized by a 75-member volunteer committee. Steven Ford is the chair of the gala committee. Judy Seibels and John Whitehead serve as the gala co-chairs. Committee chairs include: Penny Blachman, Julie Brenan, Christian Depret-Bixio, Kris Esgar, Mary Kent Hearon, Ann Holtschlag, Katy Humphries, Julie Jones, Mary Kessler and Ann Oliver.

Monet Sponsors: Lexington Medical Center, Pout, Van Jean

Matisse Sponsors: Hannah & Ron Rogers

Renoir Sponsors: Absolut Vodka, BB&T, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Dr. Suzan D. and Mr. M. Edward Sellers, Mrs. Joyce Martin Hampton, Lamar Advertising, Mumm Champagne, Southern Way Catering, Wells Fargo, WXRY

Degas Sponsors: Gail and Steve Anastasion, Bank of America, Columbia Music Festival Association, Susan B. and C. Carroll Heyward, Hometown Columbia, LLC, Moore Orthopaedics, Palmetto Party Rental, Rice Music House, Skirt! Magazine, Sonoco Products Company, Steven Ford Interiors, TD Bank, N.A., USC Dance Company, Zvejnieks Foundation

Sargent Sponsors: Agape Senior, Ally & Eloise, AT&T, Mr. and Mrs. Darnall W. Boyd, City Art Gallery, Cohn Construction, LLC, Evon Kirkland Interiors & Westend, Mr. Steven Ford and Mr. Alonso Cuellar, Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Harpootlian, McGuire Woods Consulting, Mashburn Construction Company, Inc, Optrics Ltd., Jen Phelps, Reem Sadik, Mr. and Mrs. Joel A. Smith, III

Sisley Sponsors: Bohemian Home, Joe and Suzy Chinnes, Crepes & Croissants, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Christian Depret-Bixio, Dr. and Mrs. Burke Dial, Becky and Earl Ellis, Forest Lake Fabric, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Fortson, Jr., Frank B. Norris & Company, Inc., Gallivan White & Boyd, P.A., Erin and Vaughan “LV” Granger, Larry Hembree, Dr. and Mrs. Clare C. Hodge, Jr., Dr. and Mrs. Warren F. Holland, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Steve E. Holtschlag, Mr. and Mrs. R. Davis Howser, III, Doni and David Jordan, Mr. and Mrs. Kermit S. King, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Kessler, Jr., LGB Interiors, LLC, Dr. Bruce Link and Lee Dobson, Ms. Ada H. McIver, Katherine and Jean-Marie Mille, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen G. Morrison, Elizabeth Joiner and Buford Norman, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, Dr. and Mrs. C. Hardy Oliver, Jr., Jeff & Brigitte Persels, Palmetto Center for Women, Palmetto Specialty Transfer, Mr. and Mrs. Alexandre T. Postic, Donna and Curt Rone, SC Contemporary Dance Company, Schmoyer and Company, LLC, Scott and Company, LLC, Scott and Company CPAs, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Seibels, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey H. Selig, Ed and Sue Shmunes, Mr. and Mrs. Parks N. Small, Mr. and Mrs. Cary K. Smith, Soak Nail Spa, Joe and Amanda Taylor, The Cambridge Company, Christian Thee, Susan Thorpe and John Baynes, Ms. E. Katherine Wells and Mr. James F. Flanagan, Mr. and Mrs. Rick Wheeler, Ms. Walda C. Wildman and Mr. Thomas Joseph Maguire, YMCA of Columbia

The Impressionism from Monet to Matisse exhibition is presented by BB&T.

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