Boca Raton Museum of Art brings in over $1.5 million donation during 70th Anniversary Gala


Staff report

The Boca Raton Museum of Art hit two major fundraising milestones during its 70th Anniversary Gala held late January at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.

The gala’s honorary chairs Jody Harrison Grass and Martin Grass donated $1 million to the museum’s s 70th Anniversary Education Fund and the gala event raised more than $630,000, the highest amount of money the museum has ever raised at a gala.

The funds raised during the gala were thanks to record-setting sponsorships and a live auction.

This year’s event also featured a special “Gift from the Heart” call-to-action that encouraged guests to donate in honor of the Museum’s 70th anniversary – kicked off with Executive Director, Irvin Lippman’s announcement of the $1 million donation by the Grass family. Jody Grass also serves as the Chair of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.

“These two philanthropic milestones represent the generosity of Boca Raton, and the personal commitment to the Museum’s trajectory of making a difference for the community,” Lippman said. “The Museum is honored to receive such a groundswell of support for our new programs.”

The Museum’s 70th Anniversary Education Fund has re-focused the orientation of the building, bringing the new Education Center space front and center as the cornerstone of both the building and the museum’s mission.

“The art education programs are firing the imaginations of new generations of students in South Florida,” Jody Grass said. “For 70 years, the Museum has created unique pathways where people make personal connections with art by looking, learning, and creating.”

Another family has also been instrumental in supporting the fund, the Wolgin family.  Dan Wolgin is the newest and youngest member of the Museum’s Board of Trustees and represents the third generation of Wolgins to support the museum. Twenty years ago, Dan Wolgin’s grandfather and grandmother, Bill and Acey, and great uncle and aunt, Sidney and Jacquee, supported the building of the current Museum in Mizner Park.

“Thanks to the major gift from Jody and Martin, and the ongoing support from the Wolgin family and so many others, the Museum will open two newly transformed spaces in the Spring of 2020 — the Jody Harrison Grass Lobby and the Wolgin Education Center ─ creating greater visibility for its award-winning educational programs,” Lippman said.