Museum to donate to Puerto Rico aid
October 12th, 2017 | Staff Report
The Pratt Museum will donate 10 percent of the net proceeds from its annual fundraiser to assist in disaster relief for communities in Puerto Rico. The museum's annual Ritz fundraiser will be held Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.
The event, which will operate this fall with a "Ritz Noir" theme, returns to the museum grounds this year and will highlight the drama that unfolds among the exhibits when it's night at the Museum. Event attendees will enjoy decadent hors d'oeurves and libations, dance with the Devil's Club Orchestra, and be immersed in the mystery and grandeur of auction packages donated by community artists and businesses. Tickets this year are $60 and can be purchased from the museum or at the Homer Bookstore.
The Pratt Museum is honored to have served the Kachemak Bay region for almost 50 years and is inspired to be part of a community where neighbors lift one another up, especially in tough times.
Board President Sara Jackinsky said the museum wanted "to show our gratitude and to honor this spirit, the museum will be donating 10 percent of the net proceeds from the Ritz event to communities in Puerto Rico that are working through a difficult recovery from this year's storms. We appreciate the challenges faced by any coastal region disconnected from the networks of the contiguous states and we hope that our show of support will encourage and lift the spirits of our distant neighbors and remind us that we are connected to a larger community extending beyond Kachemak Bay."
Executive Director Laurie Stuart says that the museum is grateful to have been the beneficiary of so much goodwill through volunteerism, membership, donations, and general community participation over the past 50 years.
"This is how we achieve our mission for the benefit of the whole region. In recognition of the fact that Homer is part of the global community," she said. "We are happy to use this opportunity to assist another community in need."
Stuart hopes that the contribution raised for Puerto Rico will be over $2,000.