Pelham Art Center’s Grow Gala raises $100,000 for operations, education and public programs

Editor’s note: This press release was provided by the Pelham Art Center. The Pelham Examiner publishes press releases in the form received as a service to the community.

PELHAM, NY Pelham Art Center hosted its annual Spring fundraiser on Friday, May 19, raising more than $100,000 to support the organization’s operations, scholarships, youth and adult education, and public programs.

Held at VIP Country Club in New Rochelle, the gala was co-chaired by Nandini Anandu, Jennifer Hawks Bland and Jay Anderson, all of whom are members of the PAC’s Board of Directors. Host committee members included Sona Davidian, Nancy Mazzei, Emily Sharrock, Michele Westrick, Jaime Wright, Courtney Reagan, and Estee Cross. Key sponsors were Meridian Risk Management & The Cincinnati Insurance Companies, The Gallo Family, Compass, The Wills & Trusts Firm LLP, Montefiore Einstein and Fazzino, Museum Editions.

“It was a privilege to chair such a memorable and fun-filled night in support of the Pelham Art Center, an institution that means so much to our community,” said Jennifer Hawks Bland, gala co-chair and President of the PAC Board of Directors. “The funds raised are critical to the future of the organization, and we’re so appreciative of the generosity of all who attended, sponsored, and supported the spring gala.”

Guests were treated to a stunning array of creative tablescapes by local artists, decorators, and visionaries, plus a robust live and silent auction which included one-of-a-kind artwork, exclusive getaways, and more. DJ Stephen Byfield kept the high-energy party going all night long.

Table design by artist and gala host committee member Jaime Wright

“Pelham Art Center has almost doubled its scholarship offerings since 2019, and fundraisers like the Grow Gala are what makes it possible for us to offer high value programs that are accessible,” said Executive Director Charlotte Mouquin. “Programming highlights in 2022 included launching the teen engagement programs, having 3 guest curators, 26 free public programs including the Courtyard dance party for Cover Lover ReMix, Community Art Day, 3 courtyard concerts, festivals celebrating Day of the Dead, Diwali, and Ukraine.”

Since 1970, Pelham Art Center has provided access to study, experience and appreciate the arts. Funds raised from the spring gala (and all of PAC’s fundraising endeavors) bring affordable, accessible classes, programming and exhibitions to the community.