A Special Thank You

In 1956, Millicent Rogers' youngest son, Paul Peralta-Ramos saved his mother's vast collection of Native American jewelry, pottery, textiles, and other Southwest artworks from the auction block and used these rare and significant works to found one of the premier museums of Southwest art and culture in the nation. At the Millicent Rogers Museum, we continue to find inspiration and guidance from both our namesake and founder, and are honored that this legacy has been supported over the years by the Rogers family, the generosity of our donors and sponsors, and the dedication of our board, staff, and volunteers. Like Millicent Rogers, we are passionate about sharing and celebrating the arts and cultures of the Southwest and our fundraising gala provides the essential resources that make our mission possible.

It takes many dedicated individuals to make the gala successful, and we sincerely thank all of the underwriters, live and silent auction donors, museum staff, volunteers, and gala committee members who made the Turquoise Gala possible. A very special thank you is extended to Laurie Mitchell Dunn, the museum's board president and sponsor for the evening's entertainment courtesy of Chris Arellano and Nuevo Americana, Randy and Sondra Phillips, gala committee co-chairs, Don Crum, graphic designer, Mercedes Valdez of Eleganté Florals and Christina Peralta-Ramos for donating the flower arrangements, Kay Baird Harris for planning the preview reception with catering by Earlene's Cafe, and Steven Zick of Christie's for donating his services as auctioneer.

Turquoise Gala programs and logo courtesy of Don Crum

A Special Thank You to Our Turquoise Gala Sponsors!

  • Blue Diamond
  • Laurie and Craig Dunn
  • Cerrillos
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cudd: Cudd Foundation
  • Jere Robertson
  • Philip Peralta-Ramos and Shelly Burke
  • Enchantment
  • Melinda and Roger Eiteljorg
  • Robyn and Joseph Miller
  • Cortez
  • Pam and B.T. Coleman
  • Mary Dale and Jim Gordon
  • Sandra Richardson
  • La Posada de Taos Inn
  • Barbara Brenner
  • Shanti and Yale Jones
  • Linda and Jay Thomas
  • Heritage Hotels/El Monte Sagrado
  • Kay and Gregg Harris
  • Santa Rita
  • Peter Balon
  • Chevron Products Company
  • Sally Graubarth
  • Marguerite and Dave Lambert
  • Jeannine and Robert McFarland
  • Centinel Bank of Taos
  • Mr. and Mrs. Roy Coffee
  • Peggy and John Hamilton
  • Happy Price
  • Dr. Richard and Bette Pesikoff
  • Sondra and Randy Phillips, Home2Taos
  • Dr. Richard and Annette Rubin
  • Santa Fe Advisors, LLC
  • Beth and Barry Rosenblom
  • Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld
  • Lillian and Bob Shaw
  • Azure
  • Linda and Robert Attiyeh
  • JonnaLynn Mandelbaum
  • Andrea Szekeres
  • Don Crum
  • Anne and Terry Conner
  • Nancy and Hiroshi Murata
  • Wint Winter, Jr.

At this year's event, we were able to raise over $100,000 for the museum! Thanks to everyone who made our gala possible.

Artist Ira Lujan, Millicent Rogers Museum Executive Director Dr. Caroline Jean Fernald, and Western Art Collector and Native American Art Magazine editor Joshua Rose at the 2017 Turquoise Gala

Funds from the event support a variety of needs at the museum, which range from simple building maintenance to new exhibition installations. A portion of the funds raised at this year's gala support Corn: Sacred Giver of Life and Feast Days, A Cycle of Faith, two new exhibits that are now on view at the museum.

J. D. Roybal, Corn Dance, c. 1960 On view at the museum in Corn, Sacred Giver of Life

We also have our "On the Trail of Buffalo Bill" fall trip coming up soon on September 10-17, 2017. Thanks to the sponsorship of several generous donors, I will be accompanying this year's trip, and will also provide a presentation on the history of the legendary showman and several of the sites we will see during the trip, such as Pecos Pueblo. Please note that our due date for rooming lists at several of the gorgeous luxury accommodations we will be enjoying has passed. If you would like to attend the trip, please contact trip coordinator Nancy Colvert at storemanager@millicentrogers.org to be added to the waiting list ASAP!

A photo I took at Pecos Pueblo of a kiva next to the site's ruined church