Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center will be hosting its annual Cannonball Gala on Saturday, May 18, in the Garden House.
The Cannonball Gala is a major fundraiser for the museum, supporting its general operating budget. This evening fundraiser will feature cocktails in the garden, live music by local high school musicians, The Ridgefield Jazz Giants, a silent auction, a live auction with auctioneer Ira Joe Fisher, and a sit-down dinner by Tom Devine from Ciao! Catering and Events/Two Steps Downtown Grille.
The Keeler Tavern will honor Gaetana and Ed McGill, long-time supporters and volunteers of the museum, with a presentation of the Cannonball Award.
Gaetana has been a museum docent, and has volunteered at museum events, such as the annual Christmas Luncheons. She also served as co-chair of the planning committee for the Cannonball Gala, which was held twice at the BMW of Ridgefield showroom. Ed was a trustee on the history center’s reserve fund for seven years and was a key member of its capital campaign cabinet. In line with their interest in preserving local history, in 2011, the McGills donated the James Seymour House, an early-18th century Ridgefield building, to the museum.
Through BMW of Ridgefield and personally, the McGills also support many other organizations in Ridgefield and neighboring towns, including the RVNA, Aldrich Museum, Run Like a Mother, Boys and Girls Club, ROAR, Danbury Hospital, Ability Beyond, and the Ridgefield Playhouse.
The gala is from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $175 per person; sponsorship opportunities are also available. Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased online at keelertavernmuseum.org, or by calling the business office at 203-438-5485. Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center is located at 132 Main Street, Ridgefield.