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Shaken, Not Stirred: Aloha Maui benefits Albuquerque Museum Foundation

Get a feel of the tropics and help the arts during the Albuquerque Museum Foundation’s spring fundraising event.

Guests eat and mingle at the 2018 Shaken, Not Stirred event. (Courtesy of The Albuquerque Museum Foundation)

Shaken, Not Stirred: Aloha Maui will be held on April 13 at the Albuquerque Museum. The fundraiser is in its ninth year. Ticketholders will receive two cocktails and be able to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, as well as a big buffet.

“Attendees enjoy premium cocktails and food, and music and dancing and interactive activities throughout the museum,” said Elaine Richardson, director of special events for the Albuquerque Museum Foundation. “(Guests will receive) special access to the museum’s permanent art gallery. We also have a sponsored trip that we are raffling to Maui, Hawaii, and it’s a trip for two and that really sets the tone for the theme for the event. It’s a tropical Hawaiian-themed event this year. It’s a 21-and-older event, but we encourage cocktail attire with an island flair.”

Local Polynesian dance schools will perform and provide mini lessons to eventgoers.

“There’s actually three amazing Polynesian dance schools here in Albuquerque,” Richardson said. “They have all volunteered their time to perform and also to give dance lessons, hula lessons, so they will be doing that for the first couple of hours of the event. We will have Desert Stars Polynesia, Ha`aheo O Hawai`i, and Ka La Kapu Polynesian dance schools, so all three will be performing, and they will also do lessons. They will also be helping to greet guests and passing out leis to everyone as they arrive.”

There are plenty of other activities throughout the evening.

“We have a scavenger hunt that’s always a lot of fun at the event,” Richardson said. “And then we also have other activities where people create a piece of art and take it home with them. And so there will be drawings for winners of the scavenger hunt, and then we will draw the winning ticket for the trip to Maui. Following that raffle drawing, then it really turns into what we call a DJ dance club, and the music ramps up and people really dance the night away.”

Guests who are unable to attend the event can help the fundraising effort by donating and purchasing raffle tickets on the event website. Money raised from the sales of tickets to the event and raffle tickets goes to support educational programs at the Albuquerque Museum, including the school tours that are called “Magic Bus,” and other educational events that take place for children and families at the museum, according to Richardson.

“In business for over 50 years now, the Albuquerque Museum Foundation’s mission is to further the cultural and education programs of the Albuquerque Museum through broad public and private gifts, and volunteer support,” Richardson said. “As an independent nonprofit corporation, the foundation’s purpose is to encourage the development of the museum as the outstanding museum of its kind in the Southwest.”

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