SAMA’s Think Pink set for Nov. 1

Courtesy photo The Flying Ivories, a dueling piano group out of the Boston/New York/Philadelphia areas, will perform at Think Pink.

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona’s Think Pink will take place Nov. 1 at the Blairmont Club, Hollidaysburg.

The club’s traditional ambience will combine with Think Pink’s metropolitan flair to create an evening of elegance, electricity and excitement. Chairing this year’s event are Jen Daniels of Altoona and Lindsey Kranich of Hollidaysburg.

Think Pink begins at

6:30 p.m. with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception and live music by acoustic artist Maggie Park.

Dinner stations will follow, prepared by the Blairmont Club’s chefs.

A highlight of this year’s event is a live performance by The Flying Ivories.

A dueling piano group out of the Boston/New York/Philadelphia areas, The Flying Ivories have built up a solid and fervent fan base due to their all-request, rock and roll sing-along performances.

From Billy Joel to Aretha Franklin, from Sinatra to Metallica, from Garth Brooks to Madonna, The Flying Ivories are game to tackle music from any genre and, as the guests control the set list, no two shows are ever the same.

Their rousing concerts invite audience participation, from dancing and clapping along to joining the band on stage for shows that are part music, part comedy and all fun.

A silent auction will offer original artwork and packages including beauty treatments, personal training sessions and dining experiences. The museum also will sell raffle tickets for an opportunity to win a hand-crafted iron rack and wine, Frederick Counsel watercolor and a Lynn Baney watercolor. Tickets are $20 and each ticket provides three chances to win.

SAMA’s Think Pink is one of the SAMA’s signature fundraisers and provides critical support to the museum, its world-class exhibitions and award-winning education programs.

Additionally, Think Pink raises funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.

Since 2013, SAMA has donated more than $20,000 to various treatment programs and educational initiatives through Think Pink. This year, the museum is partnering with UPMC Altoona’s Magee-Women’s Specialty Center.

Tim Balconi, president of UPMC Altoona Foundation, said funds raised through Think Pink will benefit several programs and will have tangible effects in the community.

“The UPMC Altoona Foundation is proud to partner with the highly successful SAMA event Think Pink. Think Pink raises funds to fight breast cancer locally as well as awareness of the disease,” Balconi said.

“Lives are saved when women receive screening mammograms. It’s a powerful combination when an arts organization like SAMA and a leading health care provider like UPMC Altoona reach out to the community together in the struggle against breast cancer.”

SAMA-Altoona Site Coordinator Barbara Hollander said the museum looks forward to working with its new partners for this year’s event.

“Building on last year’s success, we expect a larger crowd because of the supportive community who have embraced this event. We thank our sponsors and our attendees for their constant support,” Hollander said.

Tickets are $125 per person. Reservations are requested by Oct. 29 and can be made online at www.sama-art.org or by contacting the museum at 946-4464 or altoona@sama-art.org. Sponsor-ship and advertising opportunities are available.


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