The 12th Annual Salute to Soldiers Gala and Silent Auction will be August 20, 2022 at the National Infantry Museum.

August is always Gala month for the National Infantry Museum Foundation. The special black-tie evening, hosted by the 1775 Society, includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, delicious dinner, and dancing. With a different theme each year, guests look forward to this popular event. The theme this year is Oh, the Places You’ll Go: Celebrating Army Posts Around the World!

The Gala committee is soliciting items for the 2022 silent auction, including trips, experiences and local art. If you would like to donate an item to the auction contact Jane Bayer at 706-685-2604 or


The Gala is hosted by the 1775 Society, the museum’s premier membership group. You don’t have to be a member to attend. Tickets are $150 per person; become a 1775 Society Member and receive complimentary tickets.


This unique event is the museum’s signature fundraiser.


Saturday, August 20, 2022

Cocktails and silent auction at 6:00 pm. This year’s event includes a LIVE AUCTION!

Dinner is served at 7:00 pm, followed by 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 financial contributions to continue the 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 Museum Foundation; all donations are tax-deductible.


What is the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center?

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is a world-class, $110 million tribute to the American Soldier. Since opening in June 2009, nearly 2.2 million visitors have toured the Museum. (Have a museum story to share? Write us a review on TripAdvisor.) The museum has been named the 2022 Best Free and Best History Museum in America by USA Today.

Why join the 1775 Society?

By joining the 1775 Society, you pledge to pay annual dues which offer significant financial help to the National Infantry Museum Foundation in running the museum and continuing the mission: honoring the service and sacrifice of our Soldiers – past, present and future.

1775 Society members know they are directly responsible for the success of this world-renowned facility. Membership levels from $1,000 to $10,000 are available. Enrollment in the 1775 Society automatically earns you tickets 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: 706-685-2604 |

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 the mission!

Countdown Until The Gala!








Tickets cost $150 per person. Become a 1775 Society Member and receive complimentary tickets.

Auction Preview

The National Infantry Museum’s 12th Annual Salute to Soldiers Gala and Auction is set for Aug. 20 with the theme “Oh, the Places You’ll Go: Celebrating Army Posts Around the World.” You can buy your tickets here.

Get ready to bid! This year’s auction will have some amazing items you will not want to miss. From beautiful local art to fabulous experiences, there is something for everyone! We are so excited about this auction, that we wanted to show you a sneak peek of these must have items! We hope to see you there!

“Georgia Peaches” by Gloria Sampson

This is an original watercolor painting by local fine artist, Gloria Sampson. Gloria is a renowned painter that resides in Columbus, Georgia. She is an author of 35 sketchbooks and has been included in several museum exhibits throughout the U.S. Gloria’s paintings have also been purchased from global corporations such as Coca Cola and Days Inn. You will not want to miss out on this one of a kind item!

“Children Fishing by The River” by Randy Nguyen

This is an original oil painting by local fine artist, Randy Nguyen. Randy is also a renowned painter that resides in Columbus, Georgia. His paintings have been featured in several local news outlets as well as our museum’s gift shop! Randy has been painting for more than twenty years and has sold many paintings. You will want to bid on this unique piece of art!

Two Springer Opera House Season Passes for 2022-2023

Up for grabs are two season passes to The Springer Opera House in Downtown Columbus for their 2022/2023 season! This is a wonderful experience to bid on. You will have the chance to see several spectacular productions such as The Bodyguard, White Christmas, and Guys and Dolls. This item will go fast!

Three Night Getaway to Panama City Beach

Have the chance to bid on a three-night getaway in a stunning, newly remodeled beachfront condo at Edgewater Beach Resort in lovely Panama City Beach, Florida! This beautiful condo features a private oceanfront balcony along with a master bedroom and a private junior suite. This would be the perfect place to have a cozy weekend getaway!

See Rock City!

Enjoy a family pass to see Rock City in Chattanooga, Tennessee! This pass allows one day park admission for two adults and two children. Rock City has been a nostalgic vacation spot for families for generations! Bid on the chance to win this wonderful item and experience the splendid views Lookout Mountain has to offer!

Two Tickets to See Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Have the chance to see one of the biggest Broadway productions on tour at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. This multiple Tony award winning musical is the newest sensation on Broadway and has critics and fans raving! You will not want to miss the chance of seeing this once in a lifetime performance!