UMass Fine Arts Center 31st Annual Gala: "Roaring Into the 20's"

On February 01, 2020
18:00 - 23:30
UMass Amherst - Campus Center Auditorium
1 Campus Center Way
01003, Amherst

A Roaring into the ‘20s 31st Annual Fine Arts Center Gala, Auction & Preview— The Bee’s Knees of Celebrations

Saturday, February 1, 2020
6:00 – 11:30 p.m.

UMass Amherst's Campus Center Auditorium
Self-park in the Campus Center Garage

Please join us for this hotsy-totsy night of fine dining, dancing and raising funds for the FAC’s Arts/Access programs. Shieks and Shebas --come “togged to the bricks” in your festive best or ‘20s garb.

Check out Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice—Hospice Shop at if you don't know what to wear.
They’ve been stocking all the best ‘20s outfits just for you!

We’ve sold out five years in a row now;
so pull your friends together and get your tickets early:

Patron: $125/person
(includes $75 tax deductible gift to FAC)


The evening's festivities:
6:00 p.m. Cocktails, raw bar, appetizers, red-carpet photos and the "early-bird" auction
8:00 p.m. Three-course dinner served by award-winning chefs at UMass Catering
9:00 p.m. FAC's Preview of spring events followed by our live auction
9:30 p.m. Second Silent Auction and dancing, dancing, dancing...

Your dining experience:
Local North Atlantic Seafood (Raw Bar)
Gourmet Sushi Display
Local Vegetable Crudite Display

Passed Appetizers
Local Sweet Potato Tarts with Candied Pecan Crumble and Maple Valley Whip
Hadley Root Vegetable Caponata with Local Goat Cheese Mousse, Toasted Pine Nuts, Crispy Capers, Shave Pecorino Romano, and Balsamic Glaze
Feta and Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms Mini Norwegian Crab Cakes with Remoulade

Roasted Cauliflower Bisque with Winter Vegetable Ravioli

Seared Halibut with Myer Lemon Compound Butter, Gingered Carrot Puree, Sautéed Asian Broccoli, and Parmesan Risotto

Confit of Garlic Crusted Beef Tenderloin and Braised Boneless Short Rib with Roasted Shallot Bordelaise, Chive Potato Puree, and Sautéed Asian Broccoli

Hadley Roasted Root Vegetable Wellington with Balsamic Glaze, Asian Broccoli, and Parmesan Risotto

Chocolate & yuzu tart: milk chocolate mousse, yuzu center, hazelnut crunch, chocolate tart

Entertainment will feature cocktail and dinner music and dance demonstrations by our own Five College students.
Sponsored this year by Five College Consortium
After dinner, kick off your shoes and dance the rest of the night away with DJ Caleb Wetmore.

Live and Silent Auctions
Local and regional businesses have been very generous this year. Come prepared to do some bidding. Some auction highlights include Tom Friedman’s 2008 print “F*** You Duality,” framed, Broadway tickets to Music Man staring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, 4 days/3nights in Jamaica, and 5 days/4 nights in Bear Crossing Condo, Mt. Snow VT…and so much more. We'll have lots of treasures, adventures and incredible art.

Make sure to keep the bidding going throughout the night by bidding high and often, you'll help raise funds for FAC's Arts/Access outreach programs-such as Angel Tickets and Global Arts daytime performances for K-12 students, Jazz in July Summer Music scholarships, and UMCA's curatorial fellowships. Join us in exposing all generations to the wonders of the art

Don't feel like driving home?--Call Hotel UMass.
Make your reservations for great, newly-remodeled accommodations at the Gala group rate of $129/night (plus applicable fees). Book online at or call 877-822-2110 and use this code: FAC20C. And your overnight stay includes continental breakfast on Sunday morning.

Proceeds benefit Arts/Access outreach programs:
Make sure to keep the bidding going throughout the night on the many treasures generously donated by local artists and businesses. By bidding high and often, you’ll help raise funds for FAC’s Arts/Access outreach programs—such as Angel Tickets and Global Arts daytime performances for K-12 students, Jazz in July Summer Music scholarships, and UMCA’s curatorial fellowships. Join us in exposing all generations to the wonders of the arts.

Roaring into the ‘20s— A Night That Will “Hit on All Sixes"

Gala Committee
Rhonda Venne-Co-Chair, Tanya Fuller-Co-Chair, Lindsay Berry-Co-Chair, Madelyn Bonnot Griffin, Carol Moore Cutting, Ami Fagin, JoAnne Finck, Michael Gove, Jane Johnson, Paul Peelle, Justin Pelis, Terry Peters, Maureen Raab

Thanks to our sponsors


Greenfield Cooperative Bank Northampton Cooperative Bank

UMass Catering

Red Carpet 


Arbella Mutual

dani.fine photography



Steven Goodwin, Deputy Chancellor

Provost John McCarthy &
Professor Ellen Woolford

Barbara Krauthamer, Dean UMass Graduate School, & Noah Elkin

Applied Mortgage Services
Daily Hampshire Gazette
Florence Bank
Forget Me Not Florist
Gove Law Offices
Hope & Feathers Framing & Printing
The Protocol School of Amherst
WEIB 106.3 Smooth FM
Curran and Keegan Financial
Davis Financial Group
Jamilla Deria
Beverly & Willie L. Hill, Jr.
Integrity Development & Construction
Jones Properties
Law Office of Amanda Zedonis Kemp
MaxGate Properties
The Prindle School
RiseLine Wealth Planning
Whalen Insurance