Fresno Historical Society Gala Tickets
TICKETS

Fresno Historical Society’s
Centennial Gala

You are invited to celebrate 100 years of the Fresno Historical Society in the finest tradition of Jay Gatsby.  At our Centennial Gala, the landmark Kearney Mansion and grounds will be transformed into the lush and splendid venue that is a cultural touchstone of that bygone era… champagne and crystal, rhinestones and pearls and plumage, whimsy and revelry, lively dancing from shimmy to burlesque, astonishing high-wire entertainments and magic, an array of epicurean delights, casino tables and a kaleidoscope of libations, a warm and welcoming historic home and veranda to investigate and, for those who wish to party like it’s 1919, a secret speakeasy. 

Date: Saturday, April 6th, 2019

Time: 7:30 pm to 11:45 pm

Location: Kearney Mansion, 7160 W Kearney Blvd, Fresno, CA 

TICKETS STARTING AT $65

Details

6 APRIL

Celebrate the Fresno Historical Society’s Centennial in the Finest Tradition of Jay Gatsby

Welcome to Kearney Mansion

Guests arrive and are greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne.

Vintage cars and limos will have a premiere parking experience.

You enter a party fully in progress, surrounded by amazing epicurean visions and a kaleidoscope of libations. 

Aerial dancers are flying above you and period dancers are roaming among you. 

Attire

To party like it’s 1919 you need arrive in style! Dress for the era and join in a style approved by Mr. Gatsby, who believed that clothes do indeed make the man. Formal wear and vintage attire is highly encouraged. For inspiration, please visit our Costume page. Should you arrive in attire less than festive, head straight for the Costume Shop to accessorize with fun period pieces, increasing your eligibility for Best Dressed status!

Revelry

Be brazen and try your luck at our casino tables with a handful of gratis chips! Be dazzled by lively dancing from shimmy to burlesque as you are beckoned to step onto the dance floor to share a scandalous Charleston! Behold astonishing entertainments, music and magic! Be the first to view the premiere Fresno Historical Society Centennial Exhibit in the warm and welcoming Kearney Mansion! Be alert for subtle hints to gain access to the secret speakeasy!

VIP Experience

Treat your friends and family to a night of pleasure. Thinking big was Gatsby’s stock in trade. Rather than purchasing individual event tickets, gather up a group and arrive in style to enjoy the benefits of VIP-level amenities! For information, please visit our VIP Experience page.

Food

Be our guest! Buffet tables brim with sumptuous delights! Stations await with chefs poised to serve elegant small plates, all part of the culinary magic that is The Painted Table!

Drink

Who is this Volstead fellow and why does he want to spoil all the fun? Mosey up to two different bars with a full range of no-host refreshment, both wet and dry! Cozy up to the right people and (for the right price) you might find your way deep inside the Kearney compound where elaborate cocktails are concocted. Please browse around on our Drink page.

Departure 

Gatsby bids his guests goodnight and locks his gates before the clock strikes midnight. The celebration at Kearney Mansion ends, but where the night will take you is still unknown.

Revelry

Aerial Dancers, Jazz Dancing, Casino Tables, Fan Dancers, Magician

High-top Tables, Casino Tables, Buffet Tables & (shhh!!!) Speakeasy Tables

Aerial dancers will be in motion, as well as period dancers. Every guest is a celebrity!

Step & repeat for the photographer at the logo wall
Register and collect complimentary casino chips
Join the dazzling Mansion garden party in full swing
Receive a glass of champagne, courtesy of your hosts
Look up in awe at aerial dancers in motion
Sway to the thrilling music of a live jazz band
Watch swing dancers dazzle on the dance floor
Watch your wallet should a magician approach
Be in character while chatting with historic characters
Trade humdrum currency for exotic Kearney Dollars at the Scrip Table
Indulge at hosted food tables laden with epicurean marvels
Imbibe at no-host bars serving drinks both alcoholic and ‘dry’
Accessorize at the Costume Shop to take your look over the top
Take a seat at a casino table for fun and your chance to win prizes
Exhibit your inner flapper and toe tapper, stepping out on the dance floor
Take in a troupe of entertainers taking turns in the spotlight
(And speaking of spotlights, you can say you were there)
Preview the premiere of the Fresno Historical Society Centennial Exhibit
within Kearney Mansion Museum
Stay alert for a signal to access the speakeasy
Stay late if you like… gates close shortly before midnight

Food

The Painted Table conjures astonishing epicurean visions of sumptuous delights. As you meander throughout the party venue, sampling flamboyantly staged and inspired small meals prepared on site, and beholding whimsical exhibits of the freshest locally grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables,
the cuisine promises to deliver a performance rivaling the spellbinding entertainments.

You will be mesmerized by the captivating buffet stations gracing the Kearney Mansion’s front lawn, and revel in an artistic array of succulent morsels served throughout the evening and into the night.

In honor of the Fresno Historical Society, as the evening unfolds we will raise our forks to celebrate 100 years of history with a sweet slice of birthday cake.

Drink

Neither Kearney nor Gatsby
ever inhibited their bartenders!

You will be greeted with a celebratory glass of champagne, then linger near our no-host full bar stocked with an enticing assortment of spirits, a dazzling variety of bottled beers, wine selections magically distilled from fruits of the vineyard, and an array of alcohol-free refreshments to appease the most resolute prohibitionist.

Attire

Costume is highly encouraged: Gatsby, 1920’s

To party like it’s 1919 you need arrive in style:

This is an event of great glamour and festive fun, in the finest tradition of Jay Gatsby, with jazz music, nightclubs, and a wild party. Dress for the era and join the party in a style approved by Mr. Gatsby. So, leave the jeans and t-shirts at home and pull out your dancing shoes, feather boas, bow ties, and flapper dresses and help make this party a night to remember!

VIP Experience

Summon your inner Kearney to organize a party that will benefit the cooperative!

While individual tickets are priced at a token of their value, more benefits can be had by gathering up a festive group to enjoy the perks of sponsorship: 

The M. Theo Kearney

$ 10,000

  • Kearney level sponsorship recognition in Centennial printed edition and your founders’ photo prominently displayed at Centennial Gala
  • Premiere table with bottle service and (shhh!) 10 speakeasy passes
  • VIP Lounge Access, 100 Kearney Dollars, and a hoard of casino chips
  • Buffet and nonalcoholic beverages, entry tickets, and complimentary parking for 10 guests

The Ben Walker

$ 7,500

  • Walker level sponsorship recognition in Centennial printed edition and your founders’ photo prominently displayed at Centennial Gala
  • Premiere table with bottle service
  • VIP Lounge Access, 75 Kearney Dollars, and a heap of casino chips
  • Buffet and nonalcoholic beverages, entry tickets, and complimentary parking for 10 guests

The Emory Ratcliffe

$ 5,000

  • Ratcliffe level sponsorship recognition in Centennial printed edition and your founders’ photo prominently displayed at Centennial Gala
  • VIP Lounge Access, 50 Kearney Dollars, and a cache of casino chips
  • Buffet and nonalcoholic beverages, entry tickets, and complimentary parking for 10 guests

The Sarah McCardle

$ 2500

  • McCardle level sponsorship recognition in Centennial printed edition and your founders’ photo prominently displayed at Centennial Gala
  • 30 Kearney Dollars, and a stash of casino chips
  • Buffet and nonalcoholic beverages, entry tickets, and complimentary parking for 6 guests

The Lilborne Winchell

$ 1000

  • Winchell level sponsorship recognition in Centennial printed edition and your founders’ photo prominently displayed at Centennial Gala
  • 20 Kearney Dollars, and a stack of casino chips
  • Buffet and nonalcoholic beverages, entry tickets, and complimentary parking for 4 guests

Contact Us

Contact the Fresno Historical Society to purchase tickets or for more information.

Phone: (559) 441-0862

Email: info@fresnohistory.org

Website: valleyhistory.org

Saturday, April 6, 2019 – 7:30 pm

KEARNEY MANSION
7160 W KEARNEY BLVD – FRESNO, CA