Centennial Gala

A Walk on the Wild Side

April 6, 2024

Thank you to all those who attended our Centennial Gala: A Walk on the Wild Side! This event was made truly amazing by the creative energy, amazing fashion, and celebratory spirit every one of you had on display that evening! This SOLD OUT fundraising event raised more than $300k in support of MOCA's mission to promote the discovery, knowledge, and advancement of the art, artists, and ideas of our time. We are so thankful for our community of generous supporters who have empowered the museum to continue to present groundbreaking exhibitions, public program, and educational initiatives that engage the community and elevate Jacksonville as a regional destination for arts and culture.


The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville invites you to celebrate the museum's 100th Anniversary with our Centennial Gala; a New York in the ‘70s-themed bash inspired by our featured exhibition, A Walk on the Wild Side. Get out your boogie shoes for an extraordinary evening that brings together art, music, dancing, and spectacle with artful moments and delicious displays of food and beverages. 

Celebrating a century of creativity and community, funds raised at MOCA's Centennial Gala will enable the museum to present groundbreaking exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives that engage the community and elevate Jacksonville as a regional destination for arts and culture. Join us as we celebrate MOCA's legacy and imagine the future that we want for our great city. 

General Admission ticket holders receive access to the main celebration, and Non-Member Tickets include a free individual MOCA Membership.

7-10 p.m. | Main Celebration

MOCA Members $200
Non-Member $250
VIP ticket holders receive access to an exclusive VIP Cocktail Hour and a commemorative gift, as well as admission to the general event.
6-7 p.m. | VIP Check-in & Cocktail Reception
7-10 p.m. | Main Celebration


VIP $500
Details on sponsorships can be found below. 



December 2023 - June 2024

Jacksonville native Norman Fisher was a social phenomenon, almost a work of art himself. He brought together visual artists, poets, performers, and writers in his living room on West Twelfth Street in Manhattan, ultimately amassing a collection of hundreds of works by many of the artists active in the city at the time, to whom he gave friendship and support. This exhibition maps an extraordinarily vibrant period in late 20th-century American culture when an informal, yet singular, group of artists collided in Manhattan and sparked a collective energy that was to drive intense experimentation across the arts. Learn More >> 


MOCA Jacksonville celebrates its centennial in 2024! This celebration year is an opportunity for MOCA to give back to the community that has been its home for a century by presenting groundbreaking exhibitions and programs that will engage the community and elevate Jacksonville as a regional destination for arts and culture. Your support is vital to making these plans a reality. We hope that you will join us in celebrating this momentous occasion for MOCA and for Jacksonville. Learn More >> 
MOCA 100th anniversary logo


Sponsors will receive VIP tickets, access to an exclusive VIP Cocktail Hour, a commemorative gift, recognition as an event sponsor, and more, while supporting the museum's 100th anniversary initiatives. The celebration will accommodate up to 450 guests for an evening unlike any you have ever experienced!

For questions about the event, please reach out to our Development Team at or 904-620-5273. 

Christopher Makos, The Morning After, Still Life Photograph of Norman Fisher



10 tickets to exclusive VIP pre-party
Logo on valet tags placed in vehicles
Designated social media post call-out
Logo or name prominently displayed on below listed items
Plus all other benefits of Ziggy Stardust Sponsorship




8 tickets to exclusive VIP pre-party
Naming opportunity for museum space during the event
Name listed on social media posts
Plus all other benefits of Free Bird Sponsorship




6 tickets to exclusive VIP pre-party
Name listed on select digital communications
Logo (where possible) or name on below mentioned items
Plus all other benefits of Bohemian Rhapsody Sponsorship




4 tickets to exclusive VIP pre-party
Name on digital invitations
Plus all other benefits of Dancing Queen Sponsorship




2 tickets to exclusive VIP pre-party
Name on event signage, website, annual report
Commemorative VIP gift




2 tickets to exclusive VIP pre-party

Thank you to our sponsors



Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Z. Duke
Dori and Bill Walton in Honor of Lauren and Ted Baker




Anne and John Baker
Missy and Roland Boney
Chef's Garden
Jacksonville Jaguars
Hillary Whitaker Gallery
Susannah and Buck Williams



Cornelia and John Baker
Martha and Tom Baker
Trina Johnson Fisher and Alan Fisher in Memory of Kyle Johnson
Anne and Charlie Joseph
GATE Petroleum Company
Charles and Marilyn Gilman
Laura and Mike Hodge
St. John 
Lotus Commercial USA
Susie and Mike Miller
Robert Monsky
Stellar Energy
Dr. Kip and Ann Strasma
Chris and Cindy Ware
Zimmerman Family Foundation: Elli & Charles; Chase & Morrie; Nancy & Seeman



Atlantic Coast Marine
Morgan and Melanie Busby
David and Marion Cangemi
First Horizon Foundation
Allison Galloway-Gonzalez and Manuel Gonzalez
Christine and Bradley Hudson
Sally and Larry Lee
Paula and Jay McGarvey
Phoenix Arts and Innovation District
Laura Schepis
Brooke and Martin "Hap" Stein
TECO Peoples Gas
Amy and Steven Wacaster
Ashley and Matt Wotiz


Champion Brands
Dano's Tequila
DuBlasé Whiskey
Manifest Distilling
Rent the Floor

Gala Planning Committee

Lauren Baker – Gala Chair | Benham Bishop | Jill Davis | Soo Gilvarry | Anne Joseph | Debbie Moore | Marie Pangborn | Kristen Surface | Laura Schepis | Kate Weidlich | Chase Zimmerman

Host Committee

Marleigh Gulliford | Emily Coleman | Marchie Surface | Catherine Freidline | Lindsey Barton | Kirsten O’Neill | Britt Morgan Saks | Marcela Beard | Stephanie Verlander | Ashley Bailey | Cameron Lucie | Jennifer Guthrie | Alison Hall Hillis | Sara Lear Walker | Robin Campen | Fitz Pullins | Tina Meskel | Jamie Sandifer | Ashley Szcukowski | Christina Clohecy | Ron Episcopo | Thao “Tee” Ngo | Julie McKenny | Blair Woolverton | Susie Miller | Lauren Gibbs | Heather Creel | Kristina Nelson | Tiffany Massey | Christina Spencer | Cameron White | Molly Curry | Margaret Gellatly | Amy Waycaster | Kristen Allen | Marion Cangemi | Anika Comar | Gia Kirk | Sallie Ball | Kimberly Tonning | Kate McCoy | Ashley Wotiz | Lindley Tolbert | Lauren Rueger | Sally Lee | Missy Boney | Brooks Cannon | Adrienne Houghton | Sarah Stone | Laura Hodge | Melanie Busby