NMWA’s 25th Anniversary Gala: Les Jardins de Bagatelle

The spring Gala is the museum’s largest and most important annual fundraising event. Attended by more than 500 of Washington’s Who’s Who.

Friday, April 27, 2012
Washington DC

On April 27, 2012, the National Museum of Women in the Arts will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with Les Jardins de Bagatelle. Over 500 luminaries from Washington, D.C.’s diplomatic, governmental, and social communities will attend this spring gala, inspired by our spring exhibition: Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections.

Prior to the event, guests will have the opportunity to bid on the best in travel, accommodations, and luxury goods via our online auction. Upon arrival at the black-tie gala, guests will view the exhibition before moving to the collection galleries for cocktails and a silent auction. The evening will continue with dinner and dancing to the music of The Gene Donati Orchestra in the elegant Great Hall.

The 2012 spring gala is the museum’s largest and most important annual fundraising event and the centerpiece of NMWA’s 25th anniversary year. Proceeds support the exhibitions and programs that make NMWA the leading museum dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing, and literary arts.

Author Isabel Allende to Receive NMWA Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Gala Co-chairs:

Jacqueline Badger Mars and Isabel Ernst

Auction Co-chairs:

Karen and Craig Fuller

TICKETS $600 for individuals and $10,000 for tables of ten.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Development Events Coordinator Ginny Page at 202-266-2815 or gpage@nmwa.org.

About Jacqueline Badger Mars
Jacqueline Mars is one of Mars children who currently placed the 52th in Forbes billionaires list together with her two brothers. In 2012, her wealth is rising to US$13.5 billion from US$11 billion last year. Mars family is the family which owns Mars Inc. which holds popular brands such as Snickers, M&M, Milky Ways, Skittles, and 3 Musketeers.

Jacqueline was born on October 10, 1940 to Forrest Edward Mars, Sr. and Audrey Mars. She has two brothers, Forrest Edward Mars Jr. and John Franklin Mars. She attended Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Then, she went to Bryn Mawr College and received a degree in anthropology from there in 1961.

Jacqueline has a keen interest in horse as she sites as the Vice President of the American Equestrian team. Apart from her role in Mars Inc., she is also a member of National Sporting Library’s board of directors.

Jacqueline married David H. Badger right after her college graduation. Together, they have three children, Alexandra, Stephen, and Christa. Unfortunately, their marriage did not last forever. They divorced in 1984. Jacqueline tried marriage for a second time, Hank Vogel two years later in 1986 but her second marriage also failed and they divorced in 1994.

In Septemeber 2010, she and her two brothers each received assets which are worth US$10 biillion. This fortune has made Jacqueline the 26th richest person and the fourth wealthiest woman in the United States of America according to Forbes Magazine.

Jacqueline calls her residence in The Plains, Virginia home.

About National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA)
NMWA‘s founders, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay and Wallace F. Holladay, began collecting art in the 1960s, just as scholars and art historians were beginning to discuss the underrepresentation of women and various racial and ethnic groups in museum collections and major art exhibitions. Among the first to apply this revisionist approach to collecting, the Holladays committed themselves for over 20 years to assembling art by women. By 1980, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay began to devote her energies and resources to creating a museum that would showcase women artists, and the Holladay Collection became the core of the institution’s permanent collection.

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