By Jeanne Norberg
The community opened its heart and toasted the Art Museum at its seventh annual gala, "Heart of Art," on Valentine's Weekend. Guests sipped LaLucca Prosecco and nibbled on appetizers while they perused the 77 items on auction and then filled 24 round tables of eight or 10 in two rooms in the Lafayette Country Club.
Dan Baker once again led the auction in between gourmet courses: spicy scallops and shrimp salad, sundried tomato stuffed veal, spiced rubbed pork chop with duck, pear and port sausage hash, followed by Ghyslain tiramisu. Each was paired with wine.
Many of the 207 diners also went home with auction winnings that ranged from imaginative trip and dinner packages to art, jewelry, gourmet wines and golf. The top bids --$10,500 and $10,000 — bought two four-course dinners for six at the Cracker Factory served by Anthony Cawdron. Anthony is the event/house manager at Westwood, the home of Purdue's president. He also has worked with members of the royal family and served as a butler at Blenheim Palace and Sutton Place.
A dinner for eight provided by the Lafayette Country Club and served at the Hahn Mansion sold for $5,700. A one-week stay for four at the home of Jan and Mete Sozen in southwest Turkey brought in $3,750.
It was apparent that a lot of work had gone into the event, chaired by Marianne Mitten Owen. In addition to the museum staff, her team included Jim Boldenmiller, Cawdron, Amy Junius Humbaugh, Anne Marie Markun, and Barb Reed.
the evening was also supported by platinum sponsor 1stSource Bank and gold sponsors IU Health, Purdy Materials and Stuart & BraniginLLP. In-kind support was donated by Carroll Wine and Spirits, Ghyslain and Lausch Photography.