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News Oct 4, 2017 - 9:34:53 AM

Pirate-Themed Fundraiser Raises $15,000 for the Housatonic Museum of Art

By Housatonic Museum of Art

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Left to right: Robbin Zella, Executive Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art; Debbie Bachard, Event Co-Chair and Sponsor; and Fiona Hodgson, Executive Director of the Housatonic Community College Foundation and Institutional Advancement and Resource Development. (contributed photo)
BRIDGEPORT, CT - On Friday, September 29th, the community turned out in force to participate in a fun, pirate-themed who-dun-it mystery party to support the Housatonic Museum of Art. Over 120 people attended the event, which was held at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl in Bridgeport, and raised $15,000 for the museum’s collection, programs and exhibitions.

Guests enjoyed interacting with pirates, a special rum drink, and chances to purchase keys to treasure chests filled with plunder, all while solving the murder mystery. The event coincided with the Museum’s current exhibition, Scrolls, featuring pirate-themed work by acclaimed contemporary artist Joe Zucker, on view through December 1st.

image3“I’m thrilled with the turnout and the enthusiasm. The community really came out and supported us, and it’s awesome because the museum programs always need funding,” said event co-chair and sponsor, Debbie Bachard of Monroe. “The arts are very important, and Bridgeport deserves art.”

The Housatonic Museum of Art is home to arguably one of the best college art collections in the country. Located on the Housatonic Community College campus, its collection of work spans the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary, and regularly hosts exhibitions of celebrated international, regional and local artists.

Steve Mark, Kirk Hughes, and Ashley Keller enjoying the murder mystery cocktail fundraiser. (contributed photo)
“I want to thank the Housatonic Museum of Art’s Director and Curator, Robbin Zella, for introducing our students to the arts and ensuring that we have arts in our community,” said Dr. Paul Broadie II, President of Housatonic Community College.

“Its arrrrmazing,” said Linda Bayusik, event co-chair and sponsor. “The event is a huge success. Thank you to everyone that participated, and to our wonderful sponsors. We hope everyone that came tonight had a lot of fun, and will continue to support the museum by becoming members.”

The museum would like to thank the generous sponsors who made the evening possible, including Patriot Bank, KOTA Solutions, Phoenix Realty, ChemWerth Inc., David & Linda Bayusik, David & Frances Zella, Communications Infrastructure Company, and Little Black Business Book. Thanks are also extended to those who generously donated to the evening’s silent auction, treasure chests and raffle.

Maria Hernandez and Jaime Flores of Middleton attended ‘Murder Amongst the Mateys,’ a fundraising event to benefit the Housatonic Museum of Art. (contributed photo)
To learn more about the Housatonic Museum of Art, or to become a Friend of the Museum, please visit or call Executive Director Robbin Zella at (203) 332-5052.

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