Art museum hosts 1920’s themed fundraiser

Emily Bouta

The Bootlegger’s Ball is all about the 1920’s. The South Dakota State University Art Museum puts on the 20s-inspired fundraiser to raise money for new exhibits and programs. This will be the second year of the fundraiser.

Stacey Buehner, marketing and development coordinator at the Art Museum said. “A lot of people still don’t know about the museum. We don’t want to be seen as a stuffy, intimidating place.”

The event will consist of two bars, a lounge area, gambling tables and jazz music. The music will be played by Nathan Jorgenson, SDSU Jazz professor. Dance lessons will be given by Melissa Hauschild-Mork, SDSU dance teacher.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Three trips will be raffled off: one to the Black Hills, one to Kansas City and the third one to the Jackpot Junction Casino in Morton, Minn. Nine silent action items will be available, but you must be present to win.  

There will be gambling, drinking and a psychic. Last year the psychic was not able to attend, so this will be an additional aspect of entertainment. Hors d’oeurves will be served and a cash bar will be 20s themed.

In keeping with the Speakeasy theme, a code word will be given to you when you purchase the tickets. Of course, the word will be a 20s slang term. Once you get in, it will all be worth it.

To purchase tickets, call the South Dakota State University Art Museum, and you will receive the secret word. The Bootlegger’s Ball will be at the Swiftel Center from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 25. Don’t forget to wear glad rags — party clothes.