16th Annual Community Gala

Saturday, January 28, 2023
Lecture: 6p | Reception: 7p-9p

In Advance: Members $60/guest | Non-Members $80/guest
At the Door: Members $75/guest | Non-Members $95/guest

The 16th Annual Community Gala takes place in celebration of the exhibition opening for Ways of Seeing: The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at the University of Alabama and is a celebration of Black History Month. The evening includes a lecture by the curator of the The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art, Emily Bibb, followed by the opening in the Hodge and Henry Galleries, live entertainment, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. All galleries will be open for your enjoyment. 

Theater seating is first come, first served. The presentation begins promptly at 6:00pm. 

Cocktail attire 

 Proceeds from the event benefit exhibitions and expand the African American art collection at the FIA.

2023 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors
Appleebee's Grill + Bar
Silver Sponsors
Friends of Berston
Consumers Energy

Health Alliance Plan (HAP)
Molina Healthcare
Mott Community College (MCC)
Copper Sponsors
Al Serra
McLaren Flint
Mrs. Eleanor E. Brownell
Edward Jones - Tyler E. Boyd & Eric GasperGrace Emmanuel Baptist ChurchAlvern Lock & Theresa Stephens-Lock
Plante Moran - Paul Bryant
Valley Area Agency on Aging
Prasad & Jayashree Kommareddi
Bronze Sponsors
Henry & Mary AllenJames & Kathryn BolesELGA Credit Union
The Hamo GroupLynne Hurand
Hurley Medical Center
Dr. Ramotsumi & Velynda MakheneLaDon G. McNeil
Dr. & Mrs. Kienan F. Murphy
Olmsted Associates, Inc.
Eric Peterson
David and Randee Pieper
Rabinkov Family
Drs. Rama and Venkat Rao
Dr. Brenda Rogers-Grays & Mr. Milton Grays 
Ann & Khalil Saab
Dr. Sharon A. Simeon & Mr. Marshall H. Sanders Jr. 
University of Michigan-Flint
Walker Electric Inc. 
The Walterhouse Faris Group
Todd & Lisa Wiseley
Woodrow Stanley Youth Foundation
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Beta Zeta Chapter

Friends Sponsors
Mr. Glen Adams & Ms. Maria Gonzalez
Dr. Janice Adams
A|Squared Legal Group
Mr. Clyde J. Bell & Mr. Rick GrantClara & Joe Blakely
Mr. Willie E. & Dr. Beverly Brown
The Cho$en Few Arts Council
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Flint Alumnae Chapter
The Greater Flint Chapter of the Pierians
The Flint City Wide Choir
David & Linda Gibson
Dr. Raymond F. Gist, D.D.S.
Jonathan & Tracee Glab
Maggie Hart
Hasselbring Senior Center
Gary & Carol Hurand
James  Kettler
Michael W. & Jacqueline James Lewis
Tom & Kay Lillie
Kathryn Linehan
The Links, Inc. - Flint Area (MI) Chapter
National Multicultural Diversity Day & Institute | Founder & President Cleorah Scruggs-DeBose 
Mr. Sean & Mrs. Eureka McCormick
Kathryn Moeller
 Drs. Bobby & Nita Mukkamala
  Mia McNeilH. Michael Parker
Jim & Jane RichardsonMr. Alvin & Mrs. Renee SandersChuck & Kathryn Sharbaugh
Shar's Medical Supplies, LLCOmar and Donyale SimsSmith Fisher Real Estate Group | Keller Williams First
Sovita Credit UnionErnelle Taylor