Friday, August 25, 2017

In 1956, Millicent Rogers' youngest son, Paul Peralta-Ramos saved his mother's vast collection of Native American jewelry, pottery, textiles, and other Southwest artworks from the auction block and used these rare and significant works to found one of the premier museums of Southwest art and culture in the nation.  At the Millicent Rogers Museum, we continue to find inspiration and guidance from both our namesake and founder, and are honored that this legacy has been supported over the years by the Rogers family, the generosity of our donors and sponsors, and the dedication of our board, staff, and volunteers.  Like Millicent Rogers, we are passionate about sharing and celebrating the arts and cultures of the Southwest and our fundraising gala provides the essential resources that make our mission possible.  

Floral arrangements by Mercedes Valdez of Eleganté Floral donated by MRM trustee Christina Peralta-Ramos

It takes many dedicated individuals to make the gala successful, and we sincerely thank all of the underwriters, live and silent auction donors, museum staff, volunteers, and gala committee members who made the Turquoise Gala possible.  A very special thank you is extended to Laurie Mitchell Dunn, the museum's board president and sponsor for the evening's entertainment courtesy of Chris Arellano and Nuevo Americana, Randy and Sondra Phillips, gala committee co-chairs, Don Crum, graphic designer, Mercedes Valdez of Elegant√© Florals and Christina Peralta-Ramos for donating the flower arrangements, Kay Baird Harris for planning the preview reception with catering by Earlene's Cafe, and Steven Zick of Christie's for donating his services as auctioneer.  

Turquoise Gala programs and logo courtesy of Don Crum

A Special Thank You to Our 
Turquoise Gala Sponsors!

Blue Diamond
Laurie and Craig Dunn

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cudd: Cudd Foundation
Jere Robertson
Philip Peralta-Ramos and Shelly Burke

Melinda and Roger Eiteljorg
Robyn and Joseph Miller

Pam and B.T. Coleman
Mary Dale and Jim Gordon
Sandra Richardson
La Posada de Taos Inn
Barbara Brenner
Shanti and Yale Jones
Linda and Jay Thomas
Heritage Hotels/El Monte Sagrado
Kay and Gregg Harris

Santa Rita
Peter Balon
Chevron Products Company
Sally Graubarth
Marguerite and Dave Lambert
Jeannine and Robert McFarland
Centinel Bank of Taos
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Coffee
Peggy and John Hamilton
Happy Price
Dr. Richard and Bette Pesikoff
Sondra and Randy Phillips, Home2Taos
Dr. Richard and Annette Rubin
Santa Fe Advisors, LLC
Beth and Barry Rosenblom
Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld
Lillian and Bob Shaw

Linda and Robert Attiyeh
JonnaLynn Mandelbaum
Andrea Szekeres
Don Crum
Anne and Terry Conner
Nancy and Hiroshi Murata
Wint Winter, Jr.

At this year's event, we were able to raise over $100,000 for the museum! Thanks to everyone who made our gala possible.  You can see some fun pictures from our gala here.  

Artist Ira Lujan, Millicent Rogers Museum Executive Director Dr. Caroline Jean Fernald, and Western Art Collector and Native American Art Magazine editor Joshua Rose at the 2017 Turquoise Gala

Funds from the event support a variety of needs at the museum, which range from simple building maintenance to new exhibition installations.  A portion of the funds raised at this year's gala support Corn: Sacred Giver of Life and Feast Days, A Cycle of Faith, two new exhibits that are now on view at the museum.  

J. D. Roybal, Corn Dance, c. 1960
On view at the museum in Corn, Sacred Giver of Life

We also have our "On the Trail of Buffalo Bill" fall trip coming up soon on September 10-17.  Thanks to the sponsorship of several generous donors, I will be accompanying this year's trip, and will also provide a presentation on the history of the legendary showman and several of the sites we will see during the trip, such as Pecos Pueblo.  You can read more about the trip here, but please note that our due date for rooming lists at several of the gorgeous luxury accommodations we will be enjoying has passed.  If you would like to attend the trip, please contact trip coordinator Nancy Colvert at to be added to the waiting list ASAP!  

A photo I took at Pecos Pueblo of a kiva next to the site's ruined church

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