34th Annual Bruce Museum Gala: Green Gala Saturday, June 12, 2021

Susan E. Lynch, the Honoree of the 34th annual Bruce Museum Gala. Lynch was the first President and CEO of the Museum when it was incorporated in 1992 and currently serves as Honorary Chair of the Bruce Museum Board of Trustees.

We are delighted to celebrate, in person, the 34th annual Bruce Museum Gala on Saturday, June 12, 2021, starting at 6:00 pm. This year’s event, with a special theme, the Green Gala, will honor Susan E. Lynch, one of the Bruce Museum’s most dedicated and longtime friends. Guests are welcome to attend in-person (limited capacity) or virtually. 

Co-Chaired by Shari Aser and Grace Lockhart Djuranovic, the Green Gala will include a seated dinner featuring local and seasonally inspired farm-to-table ingredients created by Uprooted, the new venture of ONTHEMARC, cocktails, entertainment, live auction conducted by Charles Antin, and silent auction, including an art auction. Art auction lots can be viewed at the Museum from May 28 to June 12. 

With its focus on the environment and sustainability, it is most fitting that the Green Gala will take place outdoors at the Foundation House, a historic estate in backcountry Greenwich, in accordance with current COVID health-safety guidelines directed by the State of Connecticut.

“It is great to have the Bruce Gala, under such strong leadership, back after a very challenging year,” says James B. Lockhart III, Chair of the Bruce Museum Board of Trustees. “We are all looking forward to a very Green evening!” 

The Bruce is a museum of art and science and this year’s Green Gala focuses on the environment and sustainability, inspired by the upcoming exhibition, The Amazon Rainforest: Beauty • Destruction • Hope (on view June 19 – October 10, 2021). The theme has influenced gala planning from farm-to-table catering to the suggestion that guests wear sustainable or recycled fashion. 

“We are so thrilled to be co-chairing the 34th annual Bruce Gala which will help raise essential funds to support the Museum’s year-round exhibitions and education programs,” say co-chairs Shari Aser and Grace Lockhart Djuranovic. “And we have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm from our patrons about coming together safely to celebrate and support this wonderful Museum.” 

Susan E. Lynch was the first President and CEO of the Bruce Museum when it was incorporated in 1992. In 2004, she endowed the Executive Directorship, and she currently serves as Honorary Chair of the Bruce Museum Board of Trustees. 

Susan is a past chairman of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Council; a former board member of the Greenwich Land Trust; and member of the Historic Trust of the Greenwich Historical Society. She also is a member of the Board of the New York Botanical Garden, a Fellow of the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii, Trustee Emerita at the Asia Society, and Trustee Emerita at Connecticut College, her alma mater. A Presidential Councilor at Cornell University, Susan has been active with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Graduate Business School. She is Vice Chairman of the Cornell Johnson Museum Council and is a donor of objects of fine and decorative arts to the collection. 

“We applaud and celebrate Susan’s extensive commitment and leadership of organizations and causes both here in Greenwich and much further afield, and we are forever grateful for her philanthropic spirit and passion for the Bruce,” says Robert Wolterstorff, The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director. “I can’t think of a more fitting person to celebrate as Honoree of the Green Gala, and to help us once again gather with friends in support of the Museum.” 

The most important annual benefit for the Museum, this signature evening raises critical resources needed to support education programs for students throughout the region. The Museum currently serves approximately 25,000 schoolchildren annually, with education programming for at-risk youth representing about 40% of in-house programming. Museum educators also work closely with many before/afterschool programs and human service organizations throughout the community. 

We are grateful to Green Gala sponsors Amica Insurance, Betteridge, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, Horseneck Wine & Spirits, Miller Motor Cars - Bentley Greenwich, Northern Trust, and Richards, as well as our media sponsor Moffly Media/Greenwich Magazine.

For information about in-person or virtual tickets or the event, please contact Melissa Levin at mlevin@brucemuseum.org or 203-413-6761.