Castellani Art Museum to Host 11th Annual Gala on October 19

September 27, 2013  |  by Susan Clements

  • Mr. & Mrs. T. Christopher Castellani

    Mr. & Mrs. T. Christopher Castellani are honorary chairs for the Castellani Art Museum's 11th Annual Gala, "Dinner with Dali."

The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University will host its 11th Annual Gala on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.

Mrs. and Mrs. T. Christopher Castellani are honorary chairs for “Dinner with Dali,” the museum’s major annual fundraiser. Proceeds benefit art education programs at the CAM, including kids ‘n art summer camp, Art Express family workshops, school tours, community programs and more.

The name Salvador Dali conjures up visions of melting clocks and odd, dream-like landscapes. When you say something is “surreal,” think of Dali, the inventor of surrealism. We’re taking our 2013 gala theme from Les Diners de Gala, a portfolio of Dali’s weird and wonderful food images created to illustrate his 1973 cookbook. During the surreal cocktail hour, celebrity bartender Tim Mezhir of Wine on Third will mix up special Dali-themed Casanova cocktails. A silent auction featuring original artwork, fine wine, hotel and dining packages and more, will be followed by an elegant sit-down dinner.

Brandy Scrufari will serve as emcee and auctioneer. This year’s live auction will include three exciting experience packages: America’s Cup Yacht “Stars & Stripes,” Marriott Hotel 4-Night Stay with Airfare for 2; New Orleans Jazz & Dining Experience with Renaissance Pere Marquette 3-Night Stay and Airfare for 2 and Bloomingdale’s San Francisco $1,000 Shopping Spree with Personal Stylist, Beauty Consultation, Champagne, The Fairmont San Francisco 3-Night Stay with Airfare for 2. Mr. Castellani has donated a bottle of fine wine valued at $500 from Supermarket Liquors and Wines, which will be featured in the live auction as well.

Ellen Joseph is chair of the 2013 gala committee. Décor is by Rose Gellman. Committee members include Ellen Augello, Bob Bloom, Nancy Southwood Burns, Carla Castellani, Trudi Christman, Ann Marie DiMino-Hepfer, Susan Geissler, Candy Lytle, Genevieve Montante, Melissa Morinello, Fay Northrop and Sophia Smith.

Tickets for “Dinner with Dali” are $150 per person/$175 patron. Seating is limited and reservations must be received by Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

For more information, contact gala coordinator Susan Clements at 716.286.8201.