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MCM Partners Signature Event, Ignite the Night: New York State of Mind


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On Saturday, February 12, 2022, MCM Partners will be celebrating the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) through their biggest fundraising event, Ignite the Night: New York State of Mind.


Every February, adults are given permission to play after hours at the Mississippi Children’s Museum during its signature fundraising event, Ignite the Night. Each gallery comes to life with festive food, mesmerizing music, and amusing activities. Hosted by the Mississippi Children’s Museum Partners, a group of volunteers and donors who support the museum, this is not your typical party. It is imaginative, entertaining, and, most importantly, fun!


On February 12, 2022, MCM Partners invites grown-ups to take over the museum as Ignite the Night: New York State of Mind welcomes the museum’s biggest little kids to come take a bite out of the Big Apple in the heart of Jackson! Come dressed in your most Cosmopolitan of New York City style, enjoy entertainment by street performers and musicians and savor a variety of NYC’s finest culinary offerings. Be ready to bid on swanky silent auction items while strolling down Fifth Avenue, and be sure to peruse the beautiful art in our SoHo Artist’s Alley while you get a taste of New York City’s most exciting nightlife. After all, nothing beats a night out in NYC!


By supporting MCM Partner’s signature fundraiser, Ignite the Night: New York State of Mind, you are helping the museum in its mission to create unparalleled experiences to inspire excellence and a lifelong joy of learning. Proceeds from the event provide critical funding for the museum’s operations, including meeting ongoing exhibit and program needs. Purchase your tickets online at one.bidpal.net/ignitethenight.

Ignite the Night Sponsors:

Ignite the Night: New York State of Mind is presented by BankPlus and is sponsored by Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center, Newk's, Wealthview Capital, Zimmer, Kroger, Puckett Machinery, C Spire, Overby, Inc., Ross & Yerger, First Horizon Mortgage, WBA Architecture, Jones Walker, Titos Handmade Vodka, EastGroup Properties, First Commercial Bank, Janet and Charlie Spain, Sunbelt Sealing, American Field Service Corporation, McB's Bar and Grill, GranthamPoole, KPMG, LLP, Marion Counseling Services, McNeely Plastics, Raymond James, Ballew Wealth Advisors, Geri Beth and Allen Smith, Mamie and Jet Hollingsworth, Carr, Riggs & Ingram

Special thanks to: Sysco of Jackson, Clark Beverage Group, Southern Beverage, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, Davaine Lighting, Hederman Brothers Printing, Blithe & Vine, Fondren Cellars, Fresh Cut Catering and Floral, and Maison Weiss.

2022 Ignite the Night Committee:

Chair Elizabeth Mehrle, Honorary Chair Elee Reeves, Co-Chair Amanda Puckett, Alicen Blanchard, Amanda Overby, Jane Claire Williams, Melissa Boyd, Brittany Moss, Rivers Walker, Libba Wilkes, Niki Cleveland, Jenni Graven, Barbara and Jason Craft, Barbara Byrd, Dana Robertson, Janet Spain, Suzy Hays, Allison Barrett, Anna Peterson, India Torrey, Elizabeth Hawkins, Katherine Puckett, Stephanie Rippee, and Weatherly Sams.

About the Mississippi Children’s Museum

The Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission of creating unparalleled experiences to inspire excellence and a lifelong joy of learning in all children. The 40,000-square foot museum is designed around five primary initiatives, with correlating exhibits, programs, and outreach efforts. These initiatives include: Literacy, STEAM, Health and Nutrition, Cultural Arts, and Mississippi Heritage – the keys to helping our children mature into healthy and productive adult learners. In response to community needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MCM shifted operating and programming priorities to best serve Mississippi’s children and combat learning loss through facilitating virtual schooling and creating online educational enrichment – services that continue today through a robust, daily afterschool program and an online platform for teacher professional development.

In 2021, MCM celebrated a monumental year by receiving an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal, the nation’s highest honor for museums, and through opening its first satellite museum, MCM-Meridian, which received the 2021 Governor’s Award for Travel Attraction of the Year.


























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