Press Release


Saturday, March 8, 2014, from 7:00 p.m. to Midnight

Columbia, S.C. - On Saturday, March 8, 2014, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, the Columbia Museum of Art will transform into a dazzling themed party celebrating the exhibition, Japan and the Jazz Age. The 2014 Gala and Fundraiser, From Geisha to Gatsby will feature spectacular traditional Japanese-inspired decorations and entertainment by Reggie Sullivan and Friends, the USC Dance Company, and an award-winning Shamisen player--all with the glitz and glamour of a roaring 1920s jazz club. Guests will be delighted by dazzling décor, gourmet food, beautiful art, and spectacular entertainment.

"From Geisha to Gatsby is going to be a beautiful event that should not be missed," says 2014 Gala Chair Steven Ford. "Our dedicated team of volunteers has really exhausted themselves this year and I can't wait to open the doors on Saturday, March 8, to welcome everyone to the best party in town."

The Gala is the CMA's largest fundraiser of the year. It helps support award-winning education, community enrichment programs, and lifelong learning opportunities for all. More than 80 volunteers work together for over six months to organize, design, and implement all aspects of the annual event that transforms the Museum and Columbia's Main Street for a night to remember. The contributions collected from the Gala are essential to maintaining Museum operations and executing the CMA's mission to celebrate outstanding artistic creativity through its collection, exhibitions, and programs.

"We are excited to be the presenting sponsor and part of this wonderful event with the Columbia Museum of Art," says Jim Hudson of Jim Hudson Lexus. "We look forward to our partnership and future events at the Museum."

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. | Black Tie Attire | Complimentary Valet Parking | $150

For more information and tickets please visit

Presented by Gatsby Sponsor Jim Hudson Lexus. Support provided by Geisha Sponsors Lexington Medical Center, Pout!, Van Jean Woman's Wear, and Moga Sponsors Absolut Vodka, Southern Way Catering, and Hannah and Ron Rogers.


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