BOCA RATON, FLA.- The Boca Raton Museum of Art
s Executive Director, Irvin Lippman, announced two major philanthropic milestones at the Museums 70th anniversary Gala on Saturday, January 25th.
The first announcement was the $1 million contribution by the Galas Honorary Chairs, Jody Harrison Grass and her husband Martin Grass, to benefit the Museums education initiatives. Jody is the Chair of the Museums Board of Trustees.
The second announcement was that more than $630,000 was raised during the Gala, the highest amount the Museum has ever raised in its 70-year history at a Gala event.
The event was also Co-Chaired by Stacey and Evan Packer, Carrie Rubin, and John Tolbert.
The funds raised during the Gala were thanks to record-setting sponsorships and a live auction. This years event also featured a special Gift from the Heart call-to-action that encouraged guests to donate in honor of the Museums 70th anniversary ─ kicked off with Mr. Lippmans announcement of the $1 million donation by Jody Harrison Grass and Martin Grass, and their children Leila, Sharla, and Noah.
These two philanthropic milestones represent the generosity of Boca Raton, and the personal commitment to the Museums trajectory of making a difference for the community, says Irvin Lippman, the Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The Museum is honored to receive such a groundswell of support for our new programs.
The Museums 70th Anniversary Education Fund has re-focused the orientation of the building, bringing the new Education Center space front and center as the cornerstone of both the building and the Museums mission.
The art education programs are firing the imaginations of new generations of students in South Florida, says Jody Harrison Grass, the Chair of the Museums Board of Trustees. For 70 years, the Museum has created unique pathways where people make personal connections with art by looking, learning, and creating."
"Along with my husband Martin, we hope others will join our family and the Wolgin family in supporting the Museums Education Fund, adds Jody Harrison Grass.
Dan Wolgin is the newest and youngest member of the Museums Board of Trustees. He was featured during the Galas 70th anniversary video, and represents the third generation of Wolgins to support this institution.
Twenty years ago, Dan Wolgins grandfather and grandmother, Bill and Acey, and great uncle and aunt, Sidney and Jacquee, supported the building of the current Museum in Mizner Park.
During the Gala event, Irvin Lippman also stated: Thanks to the major gift from Jody and Martin, and the ongoing support from the Wolgin family and so many others, the Museum will open two newly-transformed spaces in the Spring of 2020 ─ the Jody Harrison Grass Lobby and the Wolgin Education Center ─ creating greater visibility for its award-winning educational programs.