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Special Events
16 Nov 2017

Fall 2017 Benefit Gala

**Online auction now open!**

The annual Fall Benefit Gala provides a primary source of funding for the American Folk Art Museum and its acclaimed educational programs. The museum has a long-standing commitment to arts education and serves more than eight thousand New York City schoolchildren each year. Your support will allow the museum to sustain and expand its wide range of exceptional initiatives and help make the arts accessible to a broad audience.


2017 Honorees
Elizabeth and Irwin Warren
Jill Soltau, President and CEO, Joann Stores
Gail O. Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College

Gala Chairs
Karin and Jonathan Fielding
Barbara Gordon and Steve Cannon
Laura and Richard Parsons

Vice Chairs
Monty Blanchard and Leslie Tcheyan
Greg and Susan Danilow
Lucy and Mike Danziger
Jimmy and Debby Goodman
Peter Gruenberger and Carin Lamm
Penny and Allan Katz
Jeffrey Pressman and Nancy Kollisch
Joanna S. Rose
Leslie Seeman and David Becker


Event Details

Location:  J.W. Marriott Essex House, 160 Central Park South 

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Time: 6:30–9:30 PM

Festive attire


Table and Ticket Information

Photo: J.W. Marriott Essex House


Platinum Sponsor Table $50,000

  • Featured table for ten guests, plus all Underwriter Level benefits
  • Platinum Sponsor listing in all gala materials
  • Patron level museum membership for all guests at your table
  • Recognition as museum sponsor with corporate logo in the exhibition wall text and all materials


Underwriter Table $25,000

  • Prime table for ten guests, plus all Leader Level benefits
  • Underwriter listing in all gala materials
  • Museum membership for all guests at your table
  • Private champagne reception and curatorial tour for twenty-five guests at the museum


Leader Table $15,000

  • Table for ten guests, plus all Benefactor Level benefits
  • Leader listing in all gala materials
  • All benefits of Corporate Museum membership for one year
  • Recognition as museum exhibition sponsor with corporate logo in the exhibition wall text and all materials


Benefactor Table $10,000

  • Table for ten guests
  • Benefactor listing with logo recognition in benefit program, invitation, and on screens at gala
  • Private curatorial tour for ten guests at the museum


Benefit Committee Ticket Package (2 Tickets) $5,000

  • Premium seating for two guests and Patron listing in all gala related materials


Patron Ticket $2,500

  • Premium seating


Supporter Ticket $1,500 (limited availability)

  • Preferred seating


Friend Ticket $1,000 (limited availability)


You may reserve a table or ticket online, or by contacting Karley Klopfenstein, Deputy Director for Development, at 646. 856. 8927 or


Event photos by Paul Bruinooge/

6:30 pm–9:30 pm

Tables: $50,000, $25,000, $15,000, $10,000; Tickets: $5000, $2500, $1500, $1000

Reserve table/ticket