Pearl Gala Celebrates Dance Museum's 30th Birthday in Style

The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame's 30th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, August 12, was truly a wonderful celebration.

Michele Riggi, gala chairwoman and board president, and the museum staff and gala committee pulled out all the stops to put on a spectacular party to commemorate the museum's 30th Pearl Anniversary. Guests mingled in the museum's grand foyer, where champagne and hors d'oeuvres were served, then proceeded down the red carpet into the Lewis A. Swyer School for Performing Arts for dinner and dancing.

This year's inductees were founding members Marylou Whitney (whose late husband, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, was c0-founder) and Lewis A. Swyer, who co-founded the Dance Museum and built SPAC. Whitney shared how humbled she was to be honored and thanked Riggi for all her hard work and dedication since becoming president. Accepting for the late Lewis A. Swyer were his son Edward and two daughters, Susan Earle and Carol Noble, who spoke fondly about their father and thanked Whitney for their many years of friendship.

Dance Museum Director Raul Martinez and board members presented Riggi with a special award to commemorate the Pearl Anniversary--a beautiful silver necklace with three pearls, each representing a decade of the museum's 30 years. Designed by Steven LeBlanc, the necklace was wrapped in silver to resemble the Dance Museum's signature sculptor of Athena.

The 310 guests in attendance raised $300,000. Good things happen in threes.

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