The Director’s Circle Dinner is my favorite night at the Museum. Once a year we gather our most dedicated supporters for a “thank you” dinner. This group collectively provides over $400,000 that directly supports the Museum’s exhibition, education, and acquisition programs. We quite literally could not do what we do with out them.
This year, showing true dedication, 150 Circle members fought the terrific rainstorms to join director Mark Johnson and his wife Amy, along with our hosts, Gene and Ray Ingram of Jack Ingram Motors & Mercedes-Benz USA, Inc. and Margaret and Jimmy Lowder of The Colonial Company (pictured above) for a delicious dinner in the Museum’s Lowder Gallery.
During brief remarks, Mark, along with MMFA President Roger Spain, Sculpture Garden Committee Chair Barrie Harmon, and Mayor Todd Strange shared with the crowd some of the Museum’s most recent accomplishments. These include planning for the new Sculpture Garden, as well as the acquisition of a major painting by Thomas Hart Benton, Ozark Autumn, 1949, for the permanent collection.
As guests left the warm and spring-like atmosphere of the dinner to venture back into the Montgomery weather, they took a small pot containing seeds as a “thank you” for helping us grow. Because of Directors Circle consistent support, the Museum continues to thrive.
Jill Barry , Deputy Director