The fourth annual signature event, A Night for the Museum: Together From Home was a virtual success! While not together in person, attendees participated from the comfort of home or with a small group of friends. This first-time virtual gala, in support of Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation, was held Saturday, Nov. 14. Thanks to the generosity of participants and the contribution of sponsors, this important event raised more than $66,000 to support the operations of Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada.
During the virtual event, participants heard from special guests including James Beard Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein, renowned Meteorologist Max Mayfield, legendary guide and IGFA hall-of-fame honoree Stu Apte, and Storm of the Century Author Willie Drye, as well as Foundation partners and museum members. For those who chose it, a gala-to-go kit included a four-course gourmet meal, specialty cocktail, bottle of wine and floral centerpiece.
The event also included an online silent auction as well as a live auction and paddle raise led by Auctioneer Senator Aaron Bean. Micro-fundraisers leading up to the event featured a cocktail class with Islamorada Brewery & Distillery and a wine tasting with Sommelier Tom Smith.
“The planning of a virtual event is significantly different than that of an in-person gala,” said Executive Director Jill Miranda Baker. “It was a herculean undertaking which included the production of 42-minute video with messages of support from celebrity guests, museum partners and members. I’m proud of the dedicated work put in by our Events & Membership Manager Erin Muir and the event committee members.”
View a recording of the program below: