The National Infantry Museum Gala & Silent Auction

UPDATE: Thanks to all those attendees who made this year's gala such a remarkable success! You can see photos of the event on our Flickr page, and stay tuned as we unveil the theme for next year's gala in the coming months.

To purchase your tickets today, contact Jane Bayer:
(706) 685-2604 |

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center’s annual black-tie gala is our signature fundraiser. This year’s theme, “Thanks for the Memories: A Bob Hope Tribute to our Vietnam Era Veterans,” is dedicated to thanking our troops for their service during the Vietnam War. The entertainment, d├ęcor and menu will reflect the creativity and individuality that typified the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

The evening will feature a silent auction, a Bob Hope dinner show, live music and dancing.

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center Gala tickets are on sale now. Tickets cost $150 per person.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction. The auction will feature a great assortment of collectibles, travel and artwork.
Following dinner, entertainment will be provided by the man who did so much to enhance the morale of our troops in Vietnam and their families at home: Bob Hope (as portrayed by celebrated impersonator, Bill Johnson).
Then the dance floor will open, with live music provided by The 10:30 Band.

Saturday, August 20, 2011
Cocktails and silent auction at 6:00 pm
Dinner is served at 7:00 pm, followed by entertainment and dancing

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is located right outside the Fort Benning Rd. gates of the Maneuver Center of Excellence:
1775 Legacy Way
Columbus, GA 31903

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center relies on your direct financial contributions to continue our mission: honoring the legacy of the United States Army Infantry. The museum is operated by a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the National Infantry Foundation; all donations and Gala ticket purchases are tax-deductible.

“…kudos to the entire committee and staff for a fabulous evening. It was an evening to remember.”
“…The ‘awe’ factor was there from the time you walked downstairs.”
“I think you are well on your way to making this the premier event in Columbus.”
“…It was the best social event I have ever attended in Columbus.”
“…a spectacular evening from start to finish.”
“…absolutely beautiful, and the food was delicious.”
“…the gala gave us the opportunity to celebrate our military in formal attire with three generations.”

What is the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center?
The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, located just outside Fort Benning, is a world-class, $110 million tribute to the American Soldier. Since opening in June 2009, nearly 700,000 visitors have toured the Museum. (Have a museum story to share? Write us a review on TripAdvisor)

What are the Friends of the Museum and the 1775 Society?
Become a part of the National Infantry Museum team by purchasing a membership today! With membership levels ranging from $25 to $300, becoming a Friend of the Museum signifies your love for our military and your support for the National Infantry Foundation’s mission.

The next tier of our membership program is the prestigious 1775 Society, with membership levels from $1,000 to $10,000. Enrollment in the 1775 Society automatically earns you tickets to attend the Gala.

Membership is not required to attend the Gala.

How can my company/organization become an official sponsor of this year's Gala?
If you would like information about event sponsorship packages, contact Jane Bayer: 

I can’t attend the Gala, but I would like to make a donation…
You can make a secure online donation to the National Infantry Museum at any time, just click here. All donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you for supporting us in our mission!