24th Annual Friend of the Fine Arts Center Gala, Auction & Preview

Friends of the Fine Arts Center invite you to a sizzling new Gala, Auction & Preview

Student Union Ballroom, UMass Amherst

Saturday, March 16, 2013

7:00 – 11:30 p.m.

Black tie or Festive Best

Free Parking—valet or self-park in Campus Center Garage

$100/person (includes $50 tax deductible gift to FAC)

It’s the Valley’s premier Arts event that’s got everyone talking! We’re back on the UMass campus with a refreshing assortment of live and silent auctions.

Looking for a great Night Out? Where else can you go where you can have great food, libations, sing, dance, meet some new friends, bid on some great stuff AND where half of your admission is a tax deductible donation to help all generations have access to the arts? Have fun and do good at the same time!

Do you like to network? This event is Linked-in©, Twitter©, and Facebook© all rolled into one but a lot more fun. You’ll meet all sorts of professional people from throughout the Valley.

Do you like to shop! This is one of the best auctions in the area. The silent auction will be busting with plenty of fine art, original creations, getaways, vacation homes, themed baskets and more all donated from local businesses and artists. Plus the live auction will feature some great packages and getaways - see below.

What are you waiting for? The evening begins with cocktails, appetizers, and music. Then you’ll dine on sumptuous fare provided by the UMass’ award winning Catering Services and enjoy two complimentary bottles of wine per table.

7:00-8:00 p.m. Enjoy cocktails, amazing appetizers and music by UMass’ Free For All

8:00 p.m. Dinner is served in the Student Union Ballroom followed by Live Auction and sneak preview of the FAC’s 2013-14 season. (We think you’ll be pleased! )

9:30-11:30 p.m. The ever popular Cloud Nine returns to the Cape Cod Lounge for dancing and karaoke.

You can make your meal selection from:

1. Grilled Beef Tenderloin w/English Pea Puree, Baby Carrots, Truffle Potato Gratin, & Black Truffle Demi

2. Pistachio Crusted Wild Alaskan Salmon w/Cauliflower cream, sautéed spinach & tarragon butter sauce

3. Roasted Acorn Squash w/Quinoa, Dried cranberries and toasted almonds with maple reduction with asparagus


This year a pair of “Pledge Angels” will be circulating throughout the Gala and asking you to support our Angel Ticket program. Angel Tickets are awarded to in-need families who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to be exposed to the wonders of the FAC. Make a $50 pledge at the Gala and thanks to YOU, five (5) people will be able to see an upcoming performance.

Your financial support of this event goes a long way in providing Access to the Arts to others. Whether through FAC’s Angel Tickets, Tickets for Kids, or Artist in Residency programs, the result is that more lives are touched by the arts. We hope we can count on your support!

Here’s a peek at some of our LIVE auction items

more information on these live auction items

Four Weekend Tickets to the Gran-Am Rolex Series Championship Finale
Value: $250

The Sloane Club is an English beauty located in the heart of Chelsea, London. You and a guest can enjoy an elegant 7-night stay with daily complimentary breakfast. During the day, you can enjoy the great range of sightseeing, dining and entertainment that London has to offer. Value: $2,200

Four Seasons Liquors & Lone Wolf restaurant combine their efforts to give you an exceptional evening of dining and scotch tasting. You and a guest will enjoy a 4-course meal—catered by Lone Wolf, one of Amherst’s premier restaurants—paired with 6 hand-selected whiskies to be held on Saturday, March 23rd. In addition, Four Seasons provides two premium bottles of Scotch whisky for your collection, cigars and cigar accessories. Value: $400

Calling all die-hard Bruins fans! Bid on these tickets and enjoy lodge section seating for the Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators, Monday, April 15th 7 p.m. at the TD Garden in Boston. Don’t miss this opportunity to cheer the Bruins to victory.
Value: $220

Climb off “the grid” into this beautiful Italian villa for a one-week stay. Villa Trina is perched on a knoll in the rolling hills of The Marches (Le Marche) region of Italy and overlooks Treia and several other medieval hill towns. About 20 miles inland from the Adriatic Sea, Villa Trina’s Casa Grande features a large kitchen, dining room, study, living room with fireplace, television lounge, four bedrooms, three full baths, covered patio and in-ground pool.
Value: $2,500

Submerge yourself in the tropics—enjoy this one-week stay at Kamaole Beach Club; Maui, Hawaii.
Located in South Kihei, across from Kamaole Beach, this luxury condo package offers accommodations for up to six persons beginning late April to first week of December 2013. Enjoy a variety of activities including spectacular sunset watching, surfing the waves, or just soaking up the sun. Value: $1,500

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the Yankees play in Yankee Stadium while you sit in the WB Mason Luxury Box. You’ll watch the game from two premium seats in luxury box Suite 30/located on the H&R suite level and enjoy premium food and beverages, private restroom, access to the H&R Block Suite Lounge, personal concierge service, and a private entrance, elevator, and concourse. Game date TBA. Value: $1,000

See the silent auction items