Fort Ligonier plans inaugural 'Musket Ball'
By Rebecca Ridinger
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Fort Ligonier has yet again conceptualized an innovative fundraising activity by introducing the inaugural Musket Ball, to be held 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 on the grounds of the fort.
The event will feature a live and a silent auction, hors d'oeurves, an open bar and an opportunity for fort supporters to mingle with friends and enjoy a charitable evening.
“We wanted to create an event that benefits our operations and educational programs,” explained Annie executive director. “We brainstormed, discussed various options and came up with the Musket Ball.”
The name of the event, which is a play on words and not really a dancing ball, was developed by a Pittsburgh graphic designer who also designed the event's logo.
“Everybody loved the name right away,” said Urban.
The auctions will include an expansive and extravagant mix of items.
The silent auction will feature airline tickets, sculptures, Penguins and Steelers tickets, signed memorabilia, golf packages and a wine pairing dinner for six. Travel excursions to Canada, Gettysburg and Virginia will also be featured.
The live auction will be conducted by Mark Ferrry Auctioneers, as attendees partake in libations and refreshments provided by Kitchen on Main in Ligionier.
An outdoor tent will provide ample room to explore the indoor and outdoor space of the fort.
“We do have some space limitations,” said Urban. “We wanted to accommodate our guests.”
Tickets are $40 per person and sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $250 to $2,500.
Advance registration is required; some seats are still available.
“We already have 200 reservations,” Urban said. “We're anticipating 250 people and we do believe we'll reach that goal.”
All proceeds from The Musket Ball will go to support the fort's operations and educational endeavors.
Fort Ligonier Museum is a non-profit organization and is also an approved Educational Improvement Tax Credit entity. All donations otherwise are also tax deductible.
“The ball is a time to get together with friends and support the fort,” Urban said. “This is a special place for many people in the community.”
Reservations can be made by calling 724-238-9701. Fort Ligonier is located at 200 South Market Street in Ligonier. The museum is handicapped accessible.
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