Special Events

Jewels of the Jungle Gala Co-chairs Katie Fong Biglin, Kim Kassin and Sheller Tretter Lynch. Photo by Carola Muis

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 6:00 pm - 12:00 am.

Online Bidding Now Under Way for the Gala Silent Auction. Open to all!  

Register here and start bidding in the silent auction.

The thirty-first Bruce Museum Gala with the theme "Jewels of the Jungle" will be held on May 12 at Greenwich Country Club. Formerly known as the Renaissance Ball, this annual benefit raises critical funds that not only support the Bruce’s ongoing art and science exhibitions and educational programs, but also will refresh the museum's science offerings, strengthen its potential in the arts, and expand its educational reach.


Organized by a team of committee members and museum staff, the event is led by Gala Co-Chairs Katie Fong Biglin, Kim Kassin, and Shelly Tretter Lynch. The honorary Gala Chair is Avril Graham, Executive Fashion & Beauty Editor at Harper’s Bazaar.

"We have had amazing energy and support around the preparation for the Gala this year,” says Lynch. “The dedication to such an important institution is what keeps our community so vibrant.”

The 31st Bruce Museum Gala is a creative black-tie event that celebrates the contributions made by all the philanthropists, arts leaders, elected officials, and Museum supporters expected to attend. The Gala also provides a time to toast the evening’s honorees, Lucile and Richard J. Glasebrook and Gale and Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., who will be recognized for their longstanding commitment, leadership, and generosity to the Bruce Museum.

The eye-catching décor conceived by Renny & Reed and Sebass Events & Entertainment will pay tribute to the Bruce Museum’s recent exhibition Treasures of the Earth: Mineral Masterpieces from the Robert R. Wiener Collection and the upcoming exhibition National Geographic Photo Ark: Photographs by Joel Sartore, opening on June 2.

The evening features cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, a silent art auction, and dancing to the sounds of the popular NYC-based “On the Move” entertainment. Auctioneer David Pollack of Sotheby’s will lead the live auction with an array of exciting lots that include exclusive travel destinations and unique experiences. In addition, the silent auction will feature special one-of-a-kind experiences, including travel and sports packages and shopping and spa packages. Artists represented in the silent art auction are Andrea Bonfils, Paige Bradley, J. Henry Fair, Clement Kamena, Felicity Kostakis, Richard Haas, Dan Miller, Malcolm Moran, Rafael McKenzie Soares, and Susan Miller. We are grateful to our event sponsors Aman, Amica Insurance, Saks Fifth Avenue, Steven Fox Jewelry, and Sotheby’s International Realty, and our media sponsor Moffly Media/Greenwich magazine.

Online Bidding Now Under Way for the Gala Silent Auction. Open to all! 
Open to Gala patrons as well as those who cannot attend in person, the silent auction features special one-of-a-kind experiences, including travel and sports packages and shopping and spa packages. The silent auction is also a wonderful opportunity to purchase original works of art from artists, including Andrea Bonfils, Paige Bradley, J Henry Fair, Richard Haas, Clement Kamena, Felicity Kostakis, Sasa Mahr-Batas, Dan Miller, Malcolm Moran, and Rafael McKenzie Soares, Michael Richard Thron, and Susan Williams. 
Register and start bidding in the silent auction.

The 31st Bruce Museum Gala is open to the public, but reservations are required. To purchase tickets online, click on “Reservation,” below. For more information or to receive an invitation to the Gala, please contact Brooke Benedetto; bbenedetto@brucemuseum.org or 203-413-6761.

Reservations required

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