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A Partners for the Arts Gala

Celebrating the USM Symphony's 100th Anniversary

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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. 

Save the Date

 

Michael Miles

“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

 

 

Leigh Ann Underwood

 

 

“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

 

EVENT CHAIR
Leigh Ann Underwood

EVENT HOSTS
Chris Winstead
Jay Dean
Michael Miles
Ron Hancock

EVENT DESIGNER
Mike Lopinto

EVENT DECOR
Nancy Leader
Mike Lopinto
John David Williams

FOOD/WINE
Anita Murphey
Traci Rouse
Wes Rouse
Sally Sullivan

SPONSORSHIPS
Stacy Ahua
Lisa Conn
Cory Ferraez
Linda Boutwell Griffith
Amy Hinton
Dick Jordan
Millie Swan

PATRON SERVICES
Jerry DeFatta
Lynn McMullan
Becky Montague

PUBLICITY
Jim Coll
David Gustafson
Mike Lopinto
Randy Swan

Gala Sponsors

We personally ask you to consider 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 will kick off the USM Symphony Orchestra's year-long Centennial Celebration, while raising much-needed funds to enhance the arts offerings at Southern Miss.

Recent Sponsor Commitments 

Sponsorship Levels

Maestro Sponsors ($10,000)logo placeholder

Designated as the Major Sponsor
Company logo and link on event web page
Company logo and/or name in publicity
10 tickets (valued at $1,000)

(potential tax credit of $9,000)

 

Principal Sponsors ($5,000)
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Company logo and link on event web page
Company logo and/or name in publicity
6 tickets (valued at $600)

(potential tax credit of $4,400)

Section Sponsors ($2,500)

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Company logo and link on event web page
Company logo and/or name in publicity
4 tickets (valued at $400)

(potential tax credit of $2,100)

Patron Sponsors ($1,000)

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Company logo and link on event web page
Company logo/and or name in publicity
2 tickets (valued at $200)

(potential tax credit of $800)

Friend ($500)

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Company logo and link on event web page
Company logo/and or name in publicity
1 ticket (valued at $100)

(potential tax credit of $400)

 

Make check payable to:
USM Foundation and include “PFTA Gala” in the memo section of the check.

Please mail check to:

Partners for the Arts
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Dr. Box #5004
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

The USM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Gifts are tax-deductible to the extent of current IRS regulations

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.

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September 26, 2019