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“Come Fly with Us!” - Academy Art Museum Spring Gala

May 13, 2015 03:00PM ● By Becca Newell

Julie Moriarty, Robert Hockaday, and Kristen Greenway


The Academy Art Museum celebrated the 100th year anniversary of the birth of American musical genius and icon Frank Sinatra at its gala celebration, “Come Fly with Us!” at the historic Gross Coate Farm in Easton -- home of Honorary Event Chairpersons and Signature Sponsors Tricia and Frank Saul.

Nearly 500 guests were ushered into tents designed to resemble the prestigious Stork Club in New York City, one of Sinatra’s most renowned venues. Vintage cars of the era were provided by Mary and Armeane Choksi and Gale and Henry Petronis.

“The event was a great success thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and table hosts.   We appreciate the inspiration, hard work and creativity of our Gala Committee and our extraordinary vice chairs, Nancy Appleby, Rick Scobey, Judy Stansbury, and Henry Stansbury in making this event a memorable evening for all,” said Buffy Linehan, the Museum’s 2015 Spring Gala Chair.

As the sun set over the Wye River, Sinatra’s favorites were performed by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra with award-winning vocalist Allan Harris. Guests crowded the dance floor late into the evening under the stars and brilliant moonlight.   

“This record-breaking fundraiser will help catapult the Museum’s work forward as it continues to broaden its programs to thousands of school children in our area and provide adults with a range of opportunities to explore the pleasures of the creative arts,” said Kay Perkins, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Academy Art Museum.

The Gala’s Signature Corporate Sponsor was PNC Wealth Management.  Other corporate sponsors were The Avon Dixon Agency, Wilmington Trust and Guilford & Company. Donors include Bruce Wiltsie and Bill Davenport, Buffy Linehan and Ed Gabriel, Judy and Henry Stansbury, Alexa and Tom Seip, Patricia and Tim Roche, Ellen and Richard Bodorff, Alice and Jim Clark, Jocelyn and George Eysymontt, Maxine and James Farrell, Cathy and Tom Hill, Chris and Bill Hunter, Bette Kenzie, Doris and Robert Malesardi, Catherine McCoy, Courtney and Scott Pastrick, Lisa and Tim Wyman, Nancy and CG Appleby, Mary and Armeane Choksi, Caroline Boutté and Peter Gallagher, Peg Keller, Robert Lonergan, Jeffrey Parker and Chance Negri, Kay and Bob Perkins, Susan and Blaine Phillips, Rick Scobey and Bruce Ragsdale, Mary Tydings and JT Smith, Martha and Dave Tuthill, Carolyn Williams and Colin  Walsh, and Debbie and David Willse.

The Museum’s mission is to enhance cultural life on the Eastern Shore by making available to everyone the Museum’s expanding collection, exhibitions, and broad spectrum of arts programs for dance, painting, music and more. The Museum’s ArtReach and Art to Go programs reach underserved populations on the Mid-Shore.

PeachBlossoms of Easton catered the dinner.

For further information about the Academy Art Museum, visit or call 410-822-2787.

Photos by David Ferraris/Sociable Media