Partners for the Arts Gala
Partners issues you a passport to mesmerizing art when underwriting art projects and student initiatives at Southern Miss—taking us to places we can only imagine! As you journey through our arts offerings this year, we are thrilled to announce our most enchanting and memorable stop.
Set amid the enchanting wonders of Morocco, it promises an affair as memorable as the one between the characters in the legendary film. The most exciting fundraising event of the year in South Mississippi, the Gala “Casablanca,” will take place on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Hattiesburg-Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport. The proceeds raised will bring vital support to the arts programs at Southern Miss.
After an exclusive sale to Partners for the Arts members, tickets are now available to the public. We expect to sell out for this very special centennial celebration, packed with some of the most dazzling experiences we’ve ever presented.
“We are grateful to Partners for the Arts for hosting a Gala to kick off the USM Symphony Orchestra's year-long Centennial Celebration. Our Symphony Orchestra is a fixture in the arts community of the Gulf South region, and we hope all of those we have touched through our history of providing excellence in orchestral performances through the years will join us in this historic celebration."Dr. Michael Miles, interim director of orchestral activities
Our Casablanca Gala Committee
“As the chair of the Gala, I have been overwhelmed by the excitement from our announcement revealing our “Casablanca” theme. This elegant evening will showcase our Symphony Orchestra in its 100th Anniversary. Art is too important not to share — you won't want to miss an evening you will surely remember as one of your favorite memories in Hattiesburg.”Leigh Ann Underwood, Event Chair
Leigh Ann Underwood
John David Williams
Linda Boutwell Griffith
Thank you, Gala Sponsors!
Thank you for becoming a corporate or individual sponsor of the Partners for the Arts Gala in commemoration of the founding of the USM Symphony Orchestra 100 years ago. The Gala kicked off the USM Symphony Orchestra's year-long Centennial Celebration, while raising much-needed funds to enhance the arts offerings at Southern Miss.
Benefits Management Group
Bryan Nelson, P.A.
Conville and Conville, PLLC
Nancy Leader Pretty Presentations
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, PA
Southern Miss Alumni Association
Southern Oaks House & Gardens
Your CBD Store
Anderson Design Center
Bay Street Victorian/AirBnB Proprietor: Carole M. Marshall
Clyde Bryant-State Farm Insurance Agent
Cornett Group, Inc.
Dr. and Mrs. Jaime Jiménez
Holmes, McLelland and Ferraez Law Firm
Keesler Federal Credit Union
Merit Health Wesley
Rush Law Firm
Stokes Distributing Co., Inc.
Trustmark National Bank
Twin Forks Wine and Provisions
Hattiesburg Coca-Cola United
Special thanks to Dr. Bennett York, Forrest Roberts,
Chip Gibson, the South Aviation Team, John Hickey, Toby Brown,
Sid Gonsoulin, Sgt. Carl Dean and Camp Shelby
The Power of Partners
Partners for the Arts provides thousands of dollars annually to underwrite the arts programs that bring the world to you and secures the scholarship, mentoring, creation and production of art in our community. A membership in Partners for the Arts directly enhances opportunities for our students to have life-changing and career-altering experiences, at the same time providing essential support to expand access to regional, national and international arts events and artists.