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University Of Virginia Art Museum To Honor Ruth And Robert Cross At Gala Event Nov. 21

November 11, 2003 -- Longtime University of Virginia Art Museum supporters and activists Ruth and Robert Cross will be honored at a gala event on Friday, Nov. 21. “La Belle Epoque: The Legacy of Ruth and Robert Cross at the University of Virginia Art Museum” will feature a cocktail reception, hosted by President and Mrs. John T. Casteen III at Carr’s Hill, a special program with guest speakers, and a dinner in the museum’s Main Gallery.

To celebrate the Crosses, the Volunteer Board of the Museum has created “The Ruth and Robert Cross Volunteer Service Award” to honor those individuals who have made a major impact on the museum and who give generously of their time and spirit to further the museum’s mission, thus enriching its collections, exhibitions, educational programs, special events and community outreach.

President Casteen will present the inaugural Volunteer Service Award to the namesakes. Other program speakers include Peter Lawson-Johnston, chairman of the museum’s advisory board; Sam Abell, photographer and museum advisory board member; and Lane Becken, museum volunteer board chairman.

The event also commemorates the museum’s 30th anniversary since its reopening in 1974. Both Ruth and Bob Cross have been active at the museum for the past 30 years. Ruth Cross was instrumental in the reopening, serving as both a volunteer and staff member during the tenures of directors David Lawall and Tony Hirschel. She is an active member of the museum’s volunteer and advisory Boards and serves on the University’s Council for the Arts. The couple has lent their support not only through volunteer leadership, but also through their generous philanthropy. In addition to significant operational support, they have given the museum 38 works of art.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Carr’s Hill, followed by the museum dinner by A. Pimento Catering, White Hall Vineyards and Albemarle Baking Company, and the after-dinner program. Tickets are $150 per person, and all proceeds will benefit the museum’s operational fund. For tickets and more information, call Mike Alexander at (434) 243-8874.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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