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Friday, October 7, 2022

African American Museum, Dallas' Annual Masquerade Cabaret & Auction Gala Returns This Saturday, October 15th

Benefiting the African American Museum, Dallas, the 34th-annual Masquerade Cabaret & Auction Gala will be held Saturday, Oct.15, 2022, at 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. The evening soiree serves as a fundraiser to maintain and expand the Museum and its offerings through programs, workshops, lectures and other educational services that will facilitate awareness and understanding of African American history and culture. The event has helped the Museum offer its award-winning summer camp to thousands of underserved youth in Dallas’ southern sector.

Velena McRae is the event chair, and Mr. and Mrs. Chamoria and Matthew Houston are honorary co-chairs. Dress is cocktail attire.

Velena McRae, Event Chair

Mr. and Mrs. Chamoria and Matthew Houston, Honorary Co-Chairs

“I am honored to have been appointed the Chairman of the African American Museum's Annual Gala, which supports one of Dallas’ treasured gems,” said McRae. “I deeply sense the great obligations of this position and regard it as a duty and privilege to help raise awareness and support a long-standing cultural institution in our community.”

Serving as the Museum's largest annual fundraiser, the Masquerade Cabaret & Auction Gala has helped the Museum offer its Science of Art Summer Camp STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics). In addition, proceeds underwrite the African American Heritage Series (lectures, symposia, workshops, and conferences), educational workshops, musical performances such as the Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra of Houston concert, and the daily operations of the Museum. Blockbuster exhibitions – such as Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty, the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection, and the Smithsonian’s Men of Change – are also funded through the gala.

The event begins with a meet-and-greet reception at 7 p.m., followed by a seated dinner at 7:30 p.m. and entertainment provided by The Reuben Lael Band. The Museum will also present its highest honor – The Heritage Award – to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated®. This award is given occasionally to individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the founding and development of the African American Museum, Dallas. 

Individual tickets are $200. Sponsorship packages are also available including Curator ($35,000), Archivist ($30,000), Artist ($25,000), Historian ($20,000), Gold ($15,000), Silver ($10,000), Bronze ($7,500), Medalist ($5,000) and Friend ($2,500). 

For more information and to purchase tickets or sponsorships, visit Tickets - African American Museum Of Dallas (

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