The Turks & Caicos Islands National Museum Foundation held its sold out inaugural gala at the beautiful Shore Club, sponsored by Stan Hartling and the Hartling group, to launch the fund raising campaign for the new national museum on Provo.

The gala was a resounding success and incredibly raised over $200,000 from this event alone! With funds coming from ticket sales, event sponsorship, advertising, silent auction, sale of engraved pavers and donations; with an unbelievably generous $100,000 donation for the naming of the main gallery.

Guest Speakers included the Hon. Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Hon. Mike Eman, former Prime Minister of Aruba, architect Ron Shaw, our Director Dr. Michael Pateman and vote of thanks given by Seamus Day, President of the TCNMF.

The highlight of the evening was the performance by David Bowen and Friends including Barbara Johnson. The cultural show was created special for this event and including singing, dancing, and storytelling.

Three of our board members, Hon. Derek Taylor, Dr. Donald Keith and Mr.Thomas Saunders. were honored for their 27 years of service and volunteering since the museum inception. Each were presented with a plaque and custom made pens made from hurricane damaged trees from the museum garden.

We are grateful and thankful for everyone that sponsored, attended, purchased bricks, donated or contributed in any way to this event. It was only a success because of them!

Next year's Gala will be even better so don't miss out!