Special Events

Join us for special celebrations that raise vital funds for the Museum’s exhibitions, performances, and programs. From the Gala to the Golf Outing, these festive events are not to be missed. 

For further information, please contact Amy von Sternberg at 973.971.3722 or [email protected].

Please note that all sales are final.

Morris Museum Gala
A Floral Affair
Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Trustees of the Morris Museum invite you to honor the life and legacy of Ruth Hennessy, beloved Board Member for over 30 years, and champion of the arts, education, philanthropy and family.

Premiering WOW: Wonderful Other Worlds, the first solo museum exhibition of global sensation Ysabel LeMay.

Leadership Circle

Marsha and Bruce Baldinger

Anne and John Duffy

Edward L. Hennessy, Jr. Family

Gerri and Michael Horn

Unjeria Jackson, M.D. and Larry Thompson

Valerie and Bill Keefauver

Mariner Wealth Advisors

Ellie and Stan Nice

Margaret C. Nicolais

Lori and Larry O’Connor

June and Fred Rohn

Joann and Arthur Ruffing

Nancy and Nelson Schaenen, Jr.

Neiman Marcus Short Hills

Anthony R. Slimowicz

Donna and William Stack

Susanne and Edward von der Linde

Vincent and Katherine Teti



Gala Committee

Beth Hennessy (Honorary Co-Chair) ‧ Marsha Baldinger (Co-Chair) ‧ Ellie Nice (Co-Chair) ‧ Joen Ferrari ‧ Gerri Horn ‧ Mary Horn ‧ Unjeria Jackson, M.D. ‧ Lawrence O’Connor ‧ Lori O’Connor ‧ Alice Rubinstein ‧ Nancy Schaenen

Additional Support Provided By:

BASF/Molly and Kurt Borst
Commercial Furniture Interiors
Timothy I. Duffy, Esq.
Coughlin Duffy LLP
Express Printing Services, Inc.
Nisivoccia LLP
Jack and Joslin Ruffle
Szerlip & Company, Inc.
Diane N. Weiss


If you would like to purchase tickets to the Morris Museum Gala: A Floral Affair, please contact Mira Prives at 973.371.3705.



I can’t attend this year’s Gala but would like to make a fully tax-deductible donation.

Gala Auction

Take a preview of the terrific items that will be available in our live auction at the Gala!

Private Villa on a Private Island, Jumby Bay, Antigua
Starting Bid: $9,000

No matter how you define luxury, it’s hard to imagine anything more luxurious than a week spent on a private island in the Caribbean! More specifically, in a 3-bedroom villa, your every whim and desire will be catered to as you gaze at the azure sea. Since you will be the guest of an owner of Jumby Bay, ALL of your resort charges, from the outstanding food to all beverages (yes, even those for grownups only!) to spa services and resort activities will be discounted. 
Great to book with friends to bring down the cost, it is available for one week during the months of March, April, or May 2018.

Donated by Nelson and Nancy Schaenen, Jr. 

Gorgeous 4 Bedroom/4.5 Bath Home in Kiawah, South Carolina
Starting Bid: $3,600

Wake up to a view of the first hole of Turtle Point Golf Course in Kiawah during your 5-night/6-day stay! Conde Nast’s #1 ranked Island in North America and #2 in the world, you and your lucky gang will enjoy endless, uncrowded beaches, biking, tennis, boating and fishing.
Oh, and GOLF: Access to five golf courses (that’s a different one each day!) including The Ocean Course, PGA and more. Kiawah Island is just a 40-minute drive from Charleston, one of the most popular and beautiful cities in the country.

Donated by Bill and Mary Alice Feinstein

In-Home Dinner Party and Wine Pairing for 10 by Laurence Craig Catering
Starting Bid: $2,500

Imagine being a guest in your own home as you are treated to the same sensational cuisine and service that you’re enjoying right here at our Gala! You’ll meet with Larry, select your menu and discuss wine pairings for each course. Now, sit back and enjoy a relaxing and delicious evening at home with friends.

Donated by Laurence Craig Catering and an anonymous wine lover. 

Mayo Performing Arts Center Starlight Membership, Wynton Marsalis Tickets and
Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen
Starting Bid: $1,750

Enjoy a Starlight Society Membership, courtesy of Mayo Performing Arts Center, includes VIP ticketing, sneak previews, access to the Starlight Lounge with a private bar, refreshments, and separate theatre entrance.  Enjoy a Starlight Society Membership, courtesy of Mayo Performing Arts Center, includes VIP ticketing, sneak previews, access to the Starlight Lounge with a private bar, refreshments, and separate theatre entrance.  Also included are two tickets for Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on Saturday, October 1, 2017 at 7:00PM and a gift card for a delicious pre-concert dinner at Jockey Hollow Kitchen & Bar in Morristown.

Donated by the Mayo Performing Arts Center and Unjeria Jackson, M.D. and Larry Thompson.

Night at the Museum with Dinner and and a Show
Starting Bid: $1,000

Encore Catering will treat your group of ten to a delicious dinner served in the Morris Museum’s elegant and historic Dodge Room. Afterward, you and your guests will be escorted to front and center VIP seats for any Bickford Theatre performance of your choice. As the winning bidder, you’ll also receive an entire year of tickets for two to every Bickford Theatre presentation!

Donated by Encore Catering and the Morris Museum Bickford Theatre.

Museum Mile: The Ultra-Luxe Version
Starting Bid: $1,000

Not only is The Surrey Hotel the only Relais & Chateaux in Manhattan, it’s also ranked the #1 Hotel in New York City by Conde Nast Traveler as well as Travel & Leisure.  And, it is home to the double Michelin-starred Café Boulud.

After checking-in, wander at your leisure up and down Museum Mile and enjoy your complimentary admission passes to the Cooper Hewitt, Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art,  Neue Gallery, and The Frick Collection.  Return to The Surrey for dinner and a memorable culinary adventure at the stunning Café Boulud finishing with a nightcap in the beautiful and romantic rooftop garden (season/weather permitting).  Wake up to another glorious day (in-room breakfast from Café Boulud included) and continue museum hopping before heading home more cultured, rested, wined and dined than ever before!

Donated by Marsha and Bruce Baldinger and The Surrey Hotel

Park Avenue Club Membership Plus All-Inclusive Breakfast and Lunch for Four
Starting Bid: $1,700

This membership includes full Privileges at this club in Florham Park, New Jersey. Also included are club Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Valet Service at Lunch and Dinner, attendance at all Special Events, exclusive limited 200 club reciprocity, guest pass privileges and ten private dining rooms.

Donated by the Park Avenue Club. 


For information, please contact the Development office.

Mira Prives
Director of Development
Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ 07960

[email protected]


Archeus, Ysabel LeMay, Hypercollage, 2015.

Treats, Laurence Craig Catering, 2017.
Mayo Performing Arts Center Logo, 2017.
The Dodge Room, Morris Museum.
The Surrey Hotel, 2017.
The Park Avenue Club, 2017.