There will be a French flair to the National Infantry Museum’s fifth annual 1775 Society Gala this year. Paris Lights . . . Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Paris is planned for Saturday, August 16. Consul General and Mrs. Denis Barbet from the French Consulate of France in Atlanta will be our special guests.


The black-tie gala is the museum’s signature fundraiser and is hosted by the 1775 Society. National Infantry Foundation board member Robin Pennock is serving as this year’s chairman, Ilene Kent is the silent auction chairman and Betty Roberts is decorations chairman. Other committee members include Jake Flournoy, Mrs. Richard Hallock, Sally Hatcher, Helen Johnson, Billy Kendall, Jim Lee, Tamie Lumpkin, Rachel Plummer, Amy Nurnberg, Sam Stapleman and John and Carol Woolbright.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing. The 10:30 Band will return this year. Tickets are on sale now for $150.

The committee is soliciting items for the silent auction, including trips, experiences and local art. Call Ilene Kent at 917-584-9474 for more information. If you would like to reserve your tickets, become a sponsor or serve on the committee, contact Jane Bayer at 706-685-2604 or