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Celebrating its 20th year, the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, 170 NW Fifth Ave., in Delray Beach recently had a VIP Anniversary Party for community members as well as past and present contributors.
Providing an evening of nostalgia and culture, the outdoor reception featured former board members, staff, partners and others mingling with one another while celebrating the museum’s accomplishments and future.
“While it was important to do something for the community, it was also really important that we thanked the supporters that we’ve had for the past two decades,” said Elizabeth Burrows, a member of the museum’s planning committee.
“We ended up deciding on a reception where we can pull in and invite everyone that had been those key members, former board members, some of those reliable volunteers, and, of course, some of our donors and sponsors from over the years,” she said. “Also, of course, some of those really key community members who have always been advocates for the Spady Museum.”
With help from the Jim Moran Foundation, the reception also served as an opportunity for the museum to raise funds for future programs and events. The foundation has pledged to match funds raised up to $20,000.
In addition, the museum has also launched several virtual and in-person campaigns, allowing individual supporters the chance to invest in its future.
“The Jim Moran Foundation has been incredibly supportive,” Burrows said. “It would be hard to overemphasize how supportive they are. They originally made a pledge to match $10,000 in funds for us, and just before the reception, we got the news that they were increasing their match up to $20,000.”
The Spady Museum, which is dedicated to discovering, collecting, and sharing African-American history and the heritage of Palm Beach County, opened its doors in 2001 and remains the only Black History Museum and Cultural Center of its kind in the area.
Named after the late Solomon D. Spady, the museum is located in the former house of the prominent Black educator and community leader from Delray Beach.