20 November 2009

The Museum Gala at AMNH

Last night we went to The Museum Gala at the American Museum of Natural History. I have fond memories of visiting this museum when I was a kid; it's always great fun to back as a grown-up.

Cocktail hour in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda:
The dinosaur skeletons are as giant as I remembered:
All smiles with Chappy during cocktails:
Many cast members of Saturday Night Live were at the benefit:
Dinner in the Hall of Ocean Life (aka the whale room):Tom Brokaw emceed the evening's program, Jimmy Fallon did a spot on impersonation of Tom Brokaw's emceeing (Tom was a good sport about it), and Jamie Niven auctioned off all kinds of neat items like an overnight stay in the museum for 10 kids/adults. All total, with benefit tickets, sponsorships, and auction items, they raised over 2 million(!) dollars last night - very impressive.

The highlight of the program was a performance by Dave Matthews:
I love his music, and happily listened to him sing Bartender, Gravedigger, and Crush. He told quirky stories and sang beautifully:I had a great time at the party.

And as an extra bonus, Lilly Pulitzer donated these pretty patterned stuffed animals to the goodie bags we all took home:American Museum of Natural History.