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Bronx Museum Gala To Honor the Yankees

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On Monday the Bronx Museum announced details of its 2014 gala and auction, set for March 3, which will honor your typical lineup of a local politician (deputy Bronx borough president Aurelia Greene), an exceptionally generous board member (2007-2013 board chair R. Douglass Rice), a socially engaged artist (Mierle Laderman Ukeles), and, um, a multi-billion-dollar sports and entertainment enterprise (the New York Yankees). In the spirit of the Wall Street Journal’s recent side-by-side comparison of baseball players’ salaries and auction results, here are two numbers: The Yankees are trying their hardest to keep their 2014 players’ payroll under $189 million in order to avoid a luxury tax that kicks in at that sum; the Bronx Museum’s 2013 benefit gala and auction raised $480,000.

In addition to honoring the Yankees, the Bronx Museum gala boasts honorary chairs Arlene and Alan Alda, and Kerry Washington, as well as artist chairs Charlie Ahearn, Tim Rollins, and Jane Dickson.

We look forward to the Queens Museum gala honoring the Mets, the Brooklyn Museum ball fêting the Nets, and a fundraising extravaganza honoring the Knicks at… Oh, who are we kidding? Nobody wants to honor the Knicks right now.

The Bronx Museum’s spring gala and silent auction takes place March 3, 2014 at Conrad New York. Maybe Jeter will be there?

— Benjamin Sutton (@bhsutton)

(Photo via New York Yankees/Facebook.)

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