Village People to headline museum gala
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Village People
Village People
“Friday Night Fever” will be theme of this year’s Museum Center at Five Points’ Annual Gala, which will feature the talents of the popular band Village People, whose iconic status is still recognized as the “Kings of Disco.”

The gala is set for Friday, Sept. 19, and will kick off at 6:30 p.m.

The black-tie event will salute the era of polyester and disco as the 1970s come to life at the Museum Center, according to Hassan Najjar, executive director.

Proceeds benefit the museum’s slate of historic exhibits and educational programs. Tickets include an evening with cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, and the live concert event featuring the group who brought hits like “YMCA” and “Young Man” into national and international prominence.

Black tie or period attire is requested, Najjar said. “We’ve been able to make significant progress over the past year in regard to the quality of our exhibits and programming, and we certainly couldn’t do it without the support of the community,” Najjar said. “All of us are getting ready to catch ‘Friday Night Fever.’ We are certainly thankful to Check Into Cash for sponsoring the Village People in what will certainly be an unforgettable night.”

Steve Scoggins, president of Check Into Cash, pointed to the Village People’s ongoing popularity, both past and present.

“The Village People are legendary for their amazing concerts and Check Into Cash is proud to help the museum by bringing them to town,” Scoggins said. “When you mention the greatest acts in history, the Village People are right up there with Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and even the newer stars like Carrie Underwood. This is as good as it gets.”

Andy Brown, president of the Museum’s board of trustees, stressed the importance of bringing this level of entertainment to Cleveland.

“The money raised by our annual gala is an essential part of our yearly operating budget. The announcement the Village People will be our entertainment means this year’s event will be another huge success,” Brown said.

“The Museum thrives because of the support of our members, the community and individuals like the Jones family. Their generosity is a significant part of why the museum continues to thrive.”

The Annual Gala will honor Allan and Janie Jones and their contributions to the Museum Center and the community.

“The Museum Center at Five Points would also like to thank Jones Management for its support as well as supporting sponsor Bank of Cleveland,” Najjar said.

Gala tickets can be purchased at or by calling 423-339-5745.

Additional support for the Annual Gala is provided by Richard and Amy Banks, First Tennessee and Logan-Thompson, P.C.

The Museum Center at Five Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and detailed educational programming that promotes history, culture and preservation.

The Museum Store features arts, crafts and books from select artists, craftsman and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday and on select holidays.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit