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Avant Garden 2015

This year’s annual benefit brought the party inside for a unique opportunity to carouse in the galleries. Guests enjoyed a fabulous evening hosted by co-chairs Amy Kern and Wim Stocks—gourmet fare, craft cocktails, an original set by Tambuca, a stellar art auction, and a late-night dance party spun by DJ Jem. Avant Garden 2015 also celebrated the opening of Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting, the first exhibition to span the full breadth of the artist’s work in depth. Thanks to our MC Mark Wheat of 89.3 The Current, committee members, sponsors, and all who attended, this festive evening affair exceeded every goal. More tickets were sold in 2015 than 2014, with $10,000 of tickets sold in the last 48 hours. Every item sold in the art auction, pulling in additional revenue 100 percent equal to retail value. As a result, the event raised 30 percent more than anticipated and produced $668,657 in net revenue to support the Walker’s award-winning educational and artistic programs.
We are deeply grateful to all those who made the event possible, including lead sponsor Porsche Minneapolis-St. Paul; platinum key experience sponsors Thrivent Financial and The Waters; gold key experience sponsors Citi Private Bank and Faegre Baker Daniels; silver key experience sponsor Target; lead entertainment sponsor Best Buy; gold key entertainment sponsor Minnesota Bank & Trust; corporate VIP lounge sponsor Blu Dot; auction sponsor Phillips; media partner Mpls.St.Paul Magazine; and hospitality sponsors BMO Harris Bank, Eide Bailly, HGA Architects and Engineers, Lindquist & Vennum, Maslon, Mortenson, Mutual of America, and Phillips Prairie Organic Spirits. The Walker’s presentation of Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting was generously sponsored by RBC Wealth Management.