A crowd of more than 500 adult attendees had their share of fun and games at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s 11th annual Amuse’um – Hop! Skip! Jump! Around the World, held on Saturday, February 22. The benefit, which honored Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and supports The Museum’s early childhood educational programming and community outreach, raised more than $225,000 through silent and live auctions as well as ticket sales, exceeding goals for the fundraiser.
“We could not be more thrilled with the success of this year’s Amuse’um event,” said Jane Turner, executive director of The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. “We’re so grateful for the incredible enthusiasm from our community and for the generous donations from all our committed partners who helped us exceed our fundraising goals. The immense support for this annual event continues to help The Children’s Museum of Atlanta provide more dynamic exhibits and educational programming for the children, families and schools throughout the state.”
The international-inspired fundraiser transformed The Museum into a global Mecca and featured an extravagant silent auction; a fabulous spread of cocktails and cuisine inspired from around the world; and a variety of cultural activities. Guests were also entertained by live music and dancing to the Latin beats of Orchestra MaCuba! The live auction featured trips to Brazil, Scotland and New York, while the silent auction highlighted local restaurants, tickets to regional special events and unique items from Atlanta area stores – all of which helped to exceed The Museum’s fundraising goal for the event. Popular items included an in-home chef experience with Kyma’s Executive Chef Pano Karatassos, a weekend golf experience at The Cloisters on Sea Island and a personal driving experience with both Porsche and Ferrari.
All proceeds from the Amuse’um event support The Museum’s early childhood educational programming and community outreach that touches the lives of more than 200,000 children and families annually. The Museum’s mission is to spark imagination and inspire discovery and learning for all children through the power of play. Serving the children, families and schools in Atlanta and throughout Georgia, the Museum has welcomed nearly 2 million visitors since opening in 2003.
Photos by Jeff Roffman Photography.