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Renaissance Ball 2008 Co-chairs Patricia Chadwick (left) and Nancy Raquet (right) join Bruce Museum Executive Director Peter Sutton (center).  Photo by:  Elaine Ubiña

Renaissance Ball 2008 Co-chairs Patricia Chadwick (left) and Nancy Raquet (right) join Bruce Museum Executive Director Peter Sutton (center).  Photo by:  Elaine Ubiña



Bruce Museum Celebrates 100th Anniversary
and Breaks Fundraising Record

“The Century Ball: Diamonds Are Forever” Dazzles Hundreds and
Surprises Guests with Chance to Win GRAFF Diamonds



Bruce Museum

1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT


On June 7, 2008, more than 400 arts patrons and Bruce Museum supporters attended the annual Renaissance Ball celebrating the Museum’s 100th anniversary. The event, held on the grounds of Bydale, the historic backcountry estate of Mrs. Joan M. Warburg, and themed “The Century Ball: Diamonds Are Forever,” brought in more than one million dollars – a first in the history of the Bruce Museum.

“We were so pleased to see so many people support the Bruce,” said Diane W. Darst, Bruce Museum Board of Trustees co-chairman.  “The Museum is a jewel in Greenwich and the surrounding area. This event was truly a successful launch to our capital campaign.”

Stunning ‘40s-style décor reminiscent of an Art Deco club, punctuated with diamond accents, the brainchild of New York City designer Frank Alexander, dazzled guests, who also came to enjoy the culinary delights of Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships. During the cocktail hour, partygoers had the opportunity to view rare diamond pieces from GRAFF, the lead event sponsor, who also donated a $50,000 necklace to the live auction.


Guests later danced to the sounds of the New York-based Starlight Orchestras under a silver, silk-draped tent, complete with a diamond-shaped disco ball.  After dinner and applause for event honorees, Nat and Lucy Day, Pam and Bob Goergen, and Linda and Steve Munger, the auction began.  Guy Bennett, Christie’s Senior Vice President and Head of Impressionist and Modern Art, auctioned off a variety of sought-after items, which included a Betteridge diamond and emerald brooch, a New York / Paris fashion extravaganza, a vacation in a spectacular St. Barths private home, and a contribution to the acquisition of a John Henry Twachtman painting for the Museum that alone raised $120,000.

The evening was topped off with a cliffhanger. Each guest went home with a Saks box, one of which contained a key that opens a vitrine housing a pair of GRAFF diamond earrings, valued at $35,000, at Saks Fifth Avenue in Greenwich.  Guests also toted home a Tiffany & Co. crystal paperweight in the shape of a multi-faceted, round-cut diamond and a GRAFF catalog to inspire future purchases.

“Ball chairs Nancy Raquet and Patricia Chadwick created a magical evening, unlike any we’ve experienced in the history of the Bruce Museum,” said Peter C. Sutton, Bruce Museum Executive Director.  “It was a fitting tribute to the Museum’s 100 years of celebrating the beauty and history of art and science.”

For 100 years the Bruce Museum has been a vital community resource, welcoming scores of visitors annually and conducting a wide array of educational programs for all ages, drawing on our world-renowned exhibitions and public programming.


The Renaissance Ball is the Museum's major fundraiser, with net proceeds accounting for approximately 16 percent of the Museum's annual budget.  Funds are earmarked for education programs and exhibitions.


The Bruce Museum is located at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.  General admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and free for children under five and Bruce Museum members.  Free admission to all on Tuesdays.  The Museum is located near Interstate-95, Exit 3, and a short walk from the Greenwich, CT, train station. Museum hours are: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Mondays and major holidays. Groups of eight or more require advance reservations. Museum exhibition tours are held Fridays at 12:30 p.m. Free, on-site parking is available. The Bruce Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities. For information, call the Bruce Museum at (203) 869-0376, or visit the Bruce Museum website at





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