A benefit event for the Museum
Save the Date!
The 24th Annual Museum Ball is Saturday, February 8, 2014 | 5:30-10:30pm
The Museum Ball is the longest-running annual event at MOR. Dedicated to raising funds for the Museum, this is one of the most festive and fun benefit events held annually. In addition, proceeds from the Dutch Auction at the Ball and raffle ticket sales support the Opening Doors for Montana Schoolchildren Fund
allowing every Montana schoolchild to come to the Museum for free as part of an organized field trip. Guests can expect cocktails, a delicious dinner, dancing to a live band and a lively auction. The Ball is always held in February on the Saturday closest to Valentine’s Day weekend. It’s the perfect occasion to dress up and come and celebrate with friends while supporting MOR.
Dutch Auction: Opening Doors for Montana Schoolchildren
During the 2003–2004 school year, the Museum saw a sharp decrease in school group visitation, from approximately 11,000 students a year to fewer than 6,000. While the financial loss of admission fees to the Museum was substantial, the educational and cultural loss to the children of Montana was far greater. In 2005, former Museum Board Member Denys Slater and his wife Jane led the effort to establish the Opening Doors for Montana Schoolchildren Fund. This important fund, combined with the generosity of Museum Ball Dutch Auction donors, covers admission fees and helps alleviate field trip transportation costs for schools all Montana public, private, tribal and home schooled children from the 56 counties throughout Montana. Since the inception of this private fund, the Museum has raised over $250,000 and as a result welcomed nearly 50,000 schoolchildren through its doors. The Museum could not have done this without the support of dedicated and visionary donors like you. We ask you to continue this invaluable legacy of learning by making a contribution to this fund. Join us as we encourage our young visitors to lead with their imaginations, explore without limitation, and learn through hands-on discovery.