13th Annual An Evening at The Avant-Garde Dons Its PJ’s


March 18, 2010 – Sarasota, FL- Ringling College of Art and Design’s An Evening at the Avant- Garde is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 27th at the new Academic Center on Ringling’s campus. Now in its thirteenth year, this annual costume gala is famous for its merriment and artistic revelry, and is one of the community’s most celebrated festive affairs. This year’s event co-chairs are Dave & Amy Sessions. Dave Sessions is the President of Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.

This year’s theme is The Pajama Party and guests are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite pajamas and fuzzy slippers. The proceeds from An Evening at the Avant-Garde go directly to student scholarships, which allows Ringling to enroll and educate students every year.

Details for the event are as follows:

  • Date: March 27th, 2010
  • Time: 6:30pm – Midnight
  • Ticket Prices: Patron Tickets $250/ General Admission Tickets $175
  • Ticket includes: Comfort-inspired cuisine created by Michael’s on East, live music by the Mitch Clarke Band and others, multi-level raffles, silent auction, themed rooms, live art demonstrations, interactive photography activities, art exhibits, and student animation screenings.

“It is not every day that an opportunity comes our way to coordinate an event that is both fun and requires comfortable attire,” explains Dave Sessions, Event Co-Chair. “The talent of the planning committee was world-class, and their dedication in supporting Ringling’s student scholarships is commendable. “

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Ringling College Special Events line at 941.309.1966.