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Approximately 300 guests gathered on Thursday, September 21, at the Columbus Museum of Art’s annual Art Celebration to celebrate Beth Crane and Richard McKee’s profound legacy of support for the Columbus Museum of Art, particularly in the realm of museum learning. The event also honored Artist Honoree LaShae Boyd. Attendees enjoyed a black-tie, seated dinner and raised more than $500,000 to provide vital operating support and to ensure the ongoing care and conservation of the Museum collection and continued presentation of world-class exhibitions and programs to share with a broad and diverse public. The evening also featured an announcement of a transformative $1.2 million gift from Battelle, which established the Fund for Learning. This three-year initiative aims to nurture creativity, critical thinking, civic-mindedness, and well-being among visitors of all ages.

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Photos courtesy of the Columbus Museum of Art.

1) David Meuse, Jack Kessler, Charlotte Kessler, Don Shackelford, Teckie Shackelford, Peggy Walter, John McCoy, Mo Meuse 2) Jack Beeler, Pam Beeler, Beth Crane, Richard McKee 3) Annefleur Leeuwenburg, Marketa Leeuwenburg, Ewout Leeuwenburg

4) Michelle Scantland, Pete Scantland, Matt Scantland, Meara Scantland 5) LaShae Boyd, Beth Crane, Richard McKee 6) Lisa Courtice, Tanny Crane, Lindsay Courtice

7) Maggie and Gavin Freytag 8) Renee Xu, Mark Hatcher, Lara Lindsay, Charles Hillman, Michelle Brandt, Duff Lindsay, Lee Lochtefeld, Jenese Bandy, LaShae Boyd, Carol Morgan 9) Timothy Parker, Nichole Marshall, Lydia Simon, Kristen Rost, Julie Maitino, Ashley Lawson, Larry Clements, Vinita Clements, Ramon Jones, Sue McManus

10) Board Chair Pete Scantland, ED & CEO Brooke Minto 11) Phil Chahine, Liz Salamy, Anu Chauhan, John Wakelin 12) Anjali Chavan, Scott Surovjak

13) Matt Arthur, Annie Arthur 14) Stuart Young, Lisa Young 15) Jamie Crane, Tim Miller


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