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Albany Museum of Art patrons celebrate 50th year

Affairs features dinner, auction, cocktails, live music and dancing

Former President Jimmy Carter cuts the ribbon in this 30-year-old photograph which shows the opening of Albany Museum of Art at 311 Meadowlark Drive. Shown behind President Carter in this vintage photo are, from left, Michael Garvey, Mayor and Mrs. James H. Gray, Jay Reynolds, then Georgia First Lady Mary Beth Busbee, then Gov. George Busbee, First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Congressman Charles Hatcher and Dougherty County Commission Chairman Gil Barrett. (special Photo)

Former President Jimmy Carter cuts the ribbon in this 30-year-old photograph which shows the opening of Albany Museum of Art at 311 Meadowlark Drive. Shown behind President Carter in this vintage photo are, from left, Michael Garvey, Mayor and Mrs. James H. Gray, Jay Reynolds, then Georgia First Lady Mary Beth Busbee, then Gov. George Busbee, First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Congressman Charles Hatcher and Dougherty County Commission Chairman Gil Barrett. (special Photo)

ALBANY — Patrons of the Albany Museum of Art will be partying this evening as they celebrate the 50th year of the museum’s operation in Albany.

A black tie affair is planned with dancing to live music provided by Ax Izz. Activities at the Museum of Art will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails followed by a live auction at 7:30 p.m. The auction will feature celebrity auctioneer Carly Mathis, Miss Georgia 2013 and a finalist in the Miss American pageant. The music and dancing will follow the auction.

Cristen Kirbo of the Museum staff says a few tickets to the event remain available. Tickets are $124 a person with tables of 8 to 10 available. Anyone interested in tickets should contact Kirbo at (229) 439-8400.

Brandi Singleton is chair of the 50th anniversary celebration. Kirk Rouse and Al Seely are co-chairmen. Honorary chairs include Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Berry, Hank Goodyear, Bea McCormack, Jay Reynolds and Jane Willson.

Serving as the host committee are Mr. and Mrs. Lee Bettis, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Cole, Mr. and Mrs. Al Corriere, Mr. and Mrs. Crisp Gatewood, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hinton, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Kemp, Mr. and Mrs. John Kirbo, Dr. and Mrs. Suresh Lakhanpal, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Margeson, Dr. and Mrs. Dal Margeson, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Middleton, Dr. and Mrs. Will Miles; Mr. and Mrs. Jake Reese, Mr. and Mrs. Bridges Sinyard and Mr. and Mrs. Vic Sullivan.