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Abbe Museum celebrates 87 years with Annual Gathering Gala

July 20, 2015
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BAR HARBOR On July 29 at 5 p.m., the Abbe Museum will host their signature annual fundraiser at the Bar Harbor Club. The Gathering Gala benefit dinner and auction has become a summer tradition on Mount Desert Island, celebrating the work of the Abbe Museum with an elegant evening of food and drink, friendship, and philanthropy. This year's event will celebrate the importance of outreach the myriad of educational experiences offered outside the Museum that further the Abbe's mission to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations and College of the Atlantic President Darron Collins will host the live auction.

'I'm excited to be a part of the Abbe's largest annual fundraiser,' said Collins. 'The Museum is innovative in its intellectually sophisticated approach to understanding and celebrating the cultural matrix of Native Americans. Supporting the Abbe's mission benefits MDI, the Native Peoples of Maine, and Native communities all over the world.'

The silent and live auctions will feature original artworks from Native and local artists, collections of items donated by local businesses, and a variety of unique experiences. Among the more than 85 items available at auction that night are custom-made jewelry, hand-knit accessories and clothing, decorative paddles, Wabanaki basketry by nationally-recognized and award-winning artists, high quality artwork and photography and much more. All artworks, items and experiences available at auction are now on exhibit at the Abbe Museum and can also be viewed online at

The Gathering Gala begins with cocktails and passed hors d'ouevres during the silent auction, followed with entertainment by the Burnurwurbskek Singers, a presidential-style dinner, dessert and a live auction. The event begins at 5 p.m., and tickets for the evening are $150 per person. To RSVP, please email the Abbe Museum at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (207) 288-3519. Absentee bidding and underwriting opportunities are also available for those who cannot attend.

'We are so grateful to the many guests, sponsors, underwriters, auction item donors and volunteers that make this event an annual success!' said Abbe President/CEO Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko.

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