THE GALA - giving through art | learning through art

The gala has been postponed

As of 2:30pm Friday, March 13th, we made a joint decision with SSM to postpone the GALA. The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve and while there are still no confirmed cases locally, we want to do what's safest for our community. Check back soon for the new date. We thank you for your continued understanding and support.

This year marks the third celebration GALA, a partnership fundraiser between Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and the SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. The GALA is an acronym for the concept for Giving through Art, Learning through Art, and proceeds are split between the two organizations.


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$150.00 per person | Ticket deadline: March 6 | Black tie optional
Purchase tickets online | by phone: 618-242-1236 ext 225 | by mail: check to Cedarhurst, P.O. Box 923, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
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Support the Arts with a donation in lieu of your ticket purchase! Be ARTrageously Generous!


In 2018 the GALA raised more than $70,000, half of which supported the Kimball's Habitat Campaign at Cedarhurst. Kimball's Habitat is revitalizing the museum's outdoor sculpture park with conservation efforts and enhanced visitor services. The other half supported Compassion Unleashed, SSM Health's ongoing art, pet, and music therapy programs that bring hope and healing to a new level in our community. 

Many thanks to all who attended and continue to support these two ARTrageous causes. Click to view the 2018 GALA Facebook Photo Gallery and to learn more about Cedarhurst's new Kimball's Habitat Campaign.

The 2018 GALA had big expectations, which were set at the inaugural event in 2017. That event raised nearly $70,000, and Cedarhurst used its portion of the proceeds to help renovate the museum's Beck Family Center, a place where families can create, play, and connect. SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital used it's proceeds to launch Compassion Unleashed.  

All auction items at The GALA are created through Cedarhurst programs. Young artists take pride in donating their artwork to The GALA and find confidence knowing that we value their creativity and talent. Click to view the 2017 GALA Facebook Photo Gallery

We thank all who attend and support this ARTrageous partnership!