Museum gala to debut safari exhibit

By KAITLIN GEBBY
Posted 9/11/19

The Museum Center at 5ive Points is celebrating 20 years in Bradley County with its annual black-tie gala with an African safari theme. Established on Sept. 11, 1999, the Museum Center at 5ive …

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Museum gala to debut safari exhibit

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The Museum Center at 5ive Points is celebrating 20 years in Bradley County with its annual black-tie gala with an African safari theme. 

Established on Sept. 11, 1999, the Museum Center at 5ive Points has been a hub for history in Bradley County, as well as education and community outreach.

With the museum’s largest annual fundraiser and the debut of a brand new exhibit, executive director Janice Neyman said she hopes to tell the story of the Ocoee region while treating guests to a night of fine dining and safari fun. 

“Annually, we do several fundraisers, but this is our largest. This helps sustain us, operationally and educationally,” she said. “A lot of the proceeds from this year's annual gala will be designated toward our education department because of the growth we have encountered over the last year.” 

Inspiring the theme of the gala is a collection of taxidermied animals donated for an exotic exhibit. Starting Sept. 10, the exotic animal safari exhibit will be open at the museum and available through January 15, 2020. 

The collection of taxidermied animals on display for the public was donated by Allan and Janie Jones, who acquired the collection when the company that owned them was sold. The Joneses donated the collection to the museum in honor of their appreciation for nature, according to Neyman. 

“I said, ‘If we can get this exhibit we will theme our gala around this,’ because it's just such an awesome opportunity to have this type of exhibit with the quality of the taxidermied animals,” she said. 

Neyman said the museum’s top donors will have a first look at the exhibit on Sept. 10, where the museum will also debut its newly renovated gift gallery. She said a number of artists with work on display in the gift gallery will also be available at the opening of the exhibit.

Sponsors to the gala and ticket holders will also receive admission to the African Savanna Photo Safari event a week before the gala on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The family-friendly event will feature a selfie photo booth, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals and snacks. Neyman said the SPCA of Bradley County will also be available at the event with adoptable pets. 

Tickets specifically for the photo safari can be purchased at $10 per person or $35 per family. 

The safari-themed gala will start at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. A complimentary valet parking, a plated dinner, live music from the Dexter Thomas Band and a live auction will be available for attending guests. 

For more information about the gala and how to purchase tickets, visit museumcenter.org or call the museum at (423) 339-5745. 

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