National Infantry Museum hosts fifth annual 1775 Society Gala

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On Saturday, Aug. 16, the National Infantry Museum will host its fifth annual black-tie gala and silent auction benefiting the National Infantry Foundation. Guests at the French themed event will enjoy a cocktail reception and have the opportunity to bid on items ranging from trips to local art, followed by dinner and dancing.


The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, the largest privately funded and operated military museum in the country, is a tribute to the infantryman and the nation he protects. The 190,000-square-foot museum that opened in 2009 is located just outside the gates of Fort Benning, one of the Army’s largest installations and the home of the Infantry.

The National Infantry Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization that funds the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center through private donations. The National Infantry Museum relies on donations to cover operating expenses, and the 1775 Society plays a key role in providing that financial support. Composed of more than 195 members that care deeply about the mission of honoring the service and sacrifice of our nation’s soldiers, the 1775 Society hosts an annual gala and silent auction to offer a significant amount of financial help to the foundation.


The museum has a collection of more than 70,000 artifacts from the last 239 years of American military history.

The museum has more than 12 exhibits, a full service restaurant, Soldier Store, IMAX Theatre, rifle range and combat simulators in its 190,000-square-foot facility.

The museum hosts basic training graduation ceremonies of 200 to 600 soldiers almost every Thursday and Friday on the parade field located at the end of the museum’s walk of honor.

Educational tours are offered on a daily basis by a team of dedicated historians and volunteers.

Admission to the museum is free, but donations are suggested.


“Among many other things this is what we owe to those who went before. This is the place. This is the home. This is their legacy.” – Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and retired four-star general.

“It’s just my interest in supporting the museum and what it does. It is important that we never forget the Soldiers. The museum is about more than just telling the history of the Infantry. It’s about never forgetting the Soldiers.” – Retired Major John Norris, a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.

“It is impossible to adequately describe the National Infantry Museum. The facility is truly one of a kind. The stories that it tells about our military, their families and loved ones in its galleries, artifacts, along with the various multi-media elements, make the NIM something that must be experienced.” – Mike Gaymon, President and CEO of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

“The museum has helped civilians better understand the life of an Infantryman and the history of the Army. Before I came to Fort Benning, my family had only seen snapshots of military life when they visited me. But this museum helps them see what life in the Army is really like and gives them a better idea of the culture that goes with it.” -Col. Michall Huerter, Garrison Commander, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning.


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Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Paris at the National Infantry Museum’s fifth annual 1775 Society Gala

Columbus, Ga. – The 1775 Society will host its fifth annual black-tie fundraiser gala and silent auction on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the National Infantry Museum to help generate donations for the National Infantry Foundation. The French themed gala titled, Paris Lights, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris during WWII, while also offering guests the opportunity to bid on auction items in support of the museum’s foundation.

The signature fundraising event will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction in the museum’s foyer, followed by dinner and dancing in the grand ballroom. The silent auction will feature items donated to the foundation including trips, experiences and local art. The cocktail reception will be highlighted by a performance by pianist Alexander Kobrin, and dinner music will be presented by the 10:30 Band. Special guests will include French Consul General and Mrs. Denis Barbet from Atlanta.

Tickets to the event are $150 per person and can be reserved by calling or visiting the National Infantry Foundation’s office located at 1775 Legacy Way, Columbus, Georgia. All proceeds from the event and auction will go directly toward the operation of the National Infantry Museum and its mission of honoring Soldiers –past, present and future.

For more information about the gala and silent auction, contact Jane Bayer at 706-685-2604 or


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Jane Bayer
Director of Sales and Donor Relations

National Infantry Foundation