Biggs Museum Gala

The Biggs Museum 25th

Anniversary Silver Gala

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

The Biggs Museum Gala is Sold Out. Please call 302-674-2111 to be added to the wait list

Presenting Sponsor:

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This Year's Features

General Info

The Biggs Museum 25th Anniversary Committee invite you for a silver celebration unlike any other in the state capital!

Dine under the tent on our Green.

Dance the night away to music from Lost in Paris and Pianist Tim Plimpton.

Visit the incredible opening night of the Rembrandt etchings exhibition.

Bid on exciting live and silent auction items.

Celebrate our silver milestone (25th anniversary).

Join our festive reunion of governors, legislators and business and civic leaders who have contributed to our success for over a quarter century.

Space will be limited! Reserve your tickets today!

Live Entertainment

During dinner there will be soft, live dinner music from pianist Tim Plimpton.

After dinner, from 9-11 p.m., enjoy dancing with area favorite Lost in Paris. 

There will also be live piano music in the museum from 9-11 p.m. for those who prefer not to dance.

Honorary Committee

As of March 15, 2018

Governors/Former Governors
The Honorable John C. Carney
The Honorable Thomas R. Carper
The Honorable Michael N. Castle
The Honorable Jack A. Markell
The Honorable Ruth Ann Minner
The Honorable Dale E. Wolf

Secretaries of State/Former Secretaries of State
The Honorable Jeffrey W. Bullock
The Honorable Edward J. Freel
The Honorable Glenn Kenton
The Honorable Michael Ratchford
The Honorable Harriet Smith Windsor
The Honorable Michael Eugene Harkins

Other 25th Anniversary Honorary Committee Members
Theda D. Blackwelder
Secretary Jeffrey W. Bullock
Senator Brian Bushweller
The Honorable Nancy W. Cook
Joanna L. Daneman
L. Drexel Davison
Marcia P. DeWitt, Esq.
Michael Dudich
Robert W. Eaddy
Bernice M. Edwards
Drewry N. Fennell, Esq.
Debora Hansen
George C. Hering, III, Esq.
C. Terry Jackson, II
Robert J. Koenke
Nicholas P. Lambrow – M&T Bank Corporation
David M. Partridge
Thomas Pulsifer, Esq. – Choptank Foundation
Joseph T. Raymond, Jr.
The Honorable William F. Richardson, Esq.
The Honorable Henry duPont Ridgely
Susan Salkin
Karol A. Schmiegel
John R. Schoonover
Andrew C. Slater
Timothy A. Slavin
The Honorable Joseph R. Slights, III
Kathy Dwyer Southern
W. Laird Stabler, III, Esq.
Georgeanna L. Windley
Sarah Zimmerman
Carson Zullinger

Friends of the Gala:
Meghan Clapp Garrison
Ryan German
Keven Staley

A selection of galleries in the museum

Museum Tours

Enjoy tours of the Rembrandt Etchings Exhibition.

View an exquisite exhibition of the work of Contemporary Silversmith Michael Galmer.

Learn about works in the Biggs Museum Silver Collection from Biggs Musuem Junior Docent Students.

Browse the Biggs Museum’s permanent collection on the 2nd and 3rd Floor of the Museum.


The renowned Caffe Gelato (Newark, DE) will provide a dinner and reception.

Passed and Stationed Hors d’oeuvres during Cocktail Hour

Center of Tent Shrimp Display
Caprese, BLT, and Greek Salad Bites
House Crafted Tortellini Served with Parma Rosa Sauce
Crudité Vegetable Display and Charcuterie

First Course
Mixed Green Salad
with Sundried Cherries, Crumbled Goat Cheese,
Candied Walnut and Crispy Onion Straws, with
Parmesan Thyme Tuille

Burgundy Braised Short Rib with Natural Pan Jus
Braised Red Cabbage
Lobster and Ricotta Gnocchi

Desserts & Coffee
Served at Stations Under the Tent and in the Museum

25th Anniversary Celebration Cake – Center of Tent
Chocolate Truffles, French Macarons
White Chocolate Covered Strawberries
White Chocolate Covered Oreos
Individual Crème Brulees Gelato on Mini Cones – Passed
Berries and Whipped Cream



Live Auction

One week stay in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Special thanks to Auctioneer Jonathan Melnick

Rare Black and White 4-Digit License Plate #4977
Special thanks to Delaware Department of Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan

Cocktail Party for 20 OR In-home Dinner Party for 10 from Caffe Gelato (Includes Wine)
Special thanks to Ryan German, Caffe Gelato 

Signed Andrew Wyeth “Big Room” Giclee Print (Pictured)
Includes 4 Passes and Curator’s Tour of Brandywine River Museum
Special thanks to Chris and Marianne Foard

“Fund the Mission” Educational Sponsorship
Support a Biggs Museum educational program!

Previous Galas

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Anniversary Celebrants


Dr. and Mrs. Henry DeWitt

Dr. Barbara Ridgely and the Honorable Henry duPont Ridgely

Table Sponors

Mr. and Mrs. David Partridge

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Raymond, Jr.

Susan and Charles Salkin

Kathy Dwyer Southern and Hugh Southern

The Frank E. Schoonover Fund

Mrs. Georgeanna Windley

Dr. Patt Panzer and Mr. Carson Zullinger


The Honorable Nancy W. Cook

The Honorable Thomas J. Cook

Ms. Avelina Kramedas

Judy and David Mellen

Roseanna and Ken Richards

Dianne and Gerald Street

Young, Conaway, Stargatt and Taylor


Mr. Michael Dudich and Dr. Buck Drummond

Philip and Joann Burnstein

Ms. Deb Hansen

Mr. and Mrs. Robert McKennett

Ms. Bernice Edwards, First State Community action Agency

Media Sponsors


Alcohol Sponsors



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