Over the Top logo for 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Over the Top gala is a signature event on the Massachusetts South Coast summer calendar. OTT 2014 was a unique event. With construction of the Wattles Jacobs Education Center underway, the theme of Over the Top: Under Construction, embraced the “unfinished” nature of our construction site and gave guests a special insider preview of the new building.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum’s many hands-on exhibits and fun activities are designed to involve kids and visitors of all ages in the global story of whales, whaling, and the cultural history of the region. The museum also teaches in active and engaging ways about the environmental, economic and social impact whaling has had on the world, and of ongoing efforts toward the preservation of these magnificent mammals. This film titled All Kids Aboard! was directed, filmed and edited by Ben Gilbarg, New Bedford. Original music by Peter Arteaga made possible through the support of Whaling City Sound and Fiber Optic Center, Inc.


Ticket Information

Commodore’s Berth: $5,000
Reserved table for 12 at the gala with VIP placement and dedicated service staff; acknowledgement on the formal invitation and in the evening program

Captain’s Berth: $3,000
Reserved table for 10 at the gala; acknowledgement on the formal invitation and in the evening program

Patron: $700
Two tickets to the gala and acknowledgement on the formal invitation and in the evening program

Individual tickets: $250 each


Over the Top Live Auction

Preview the exciting live auction items below. Absentee bidding is available now through the event by calling (508) 997-0046 ext. 150.

Costa Rican Escape for Two

Experience the magic of the Costa Rican rain forest at the luxurious Rancho Pacifico eco-hotel, spa, and nature preserve. Recently named Hemisphere Magazine’s Top Choice for the perfect Costa Rica Experience, Rancho Pacifico has been described as “exclusive” and “incomparable.” Guests can hike the rainforest and horseback ride on the beach while enjoying the hotel’s first-class ocean views, dining and spa. The package for two adults includes a five night stay in the balcony suite, a? la carte breakfast, and airfare from Juan Santamaria International Airport to a local airport. The package also includes tickets for a four hour whale watch. Car rental is not included. Donated by Silvia Jimenez Krause, Garrison Krause and Bahia Aventuras S.A.

Boston Harbor Hotel Package

Boston Harbor Hotel exterior view

Gather your closest friends and experience a world-class evening at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Four couples will enjoy a custom wine pairing dinner at the four-star restaurant Meritage, as well as an evening’s stay in one of the Hotel’s elegant guest rooms. The package also includes breakfast for eight the following morning and complimentary parking for four vehicles. Tax and gratuities are included. The package must be used before June 8, 2015. Donated by Roberta & Art Burke.

Lifting Mist by Mike Mazer

Award-winning local artist Mike Mazer painted Lifting Mist from his home overlooking Buzzards Bay. In 2010, it was selected as one of the Top 100 Paintings in the national competition “Paint America.” Mike is an internationally recognized artist, having exhibited in 44 museums and received more than 100 major awards. Recently, his painting of New Bedford’s whale man statue was requested for the cover of a book about the whaling industry. Donated by Mike & Marilyn Mazer. www.mikemazer.com.

Net by Dora Atwater Millikin

Painting titled "Net" by Dora Atwater Millikin

Dora Atwater Millikin brings the New Bedford waterfront to life in works inspired by the busy harbor. She paints with an emphasis on the gritty, industrial aspects of the fishing industry and the increasingly more urban nature of local towns. Her 2011 painting Net beautifully reflects this theme and provides a unique vantage point of the harbor and its boats. Millikin’s work focuses on composition and the challenges of working with paint and color. The painting is custom framed in Millikin’s distinctive  style. Donated by Dora Atwater Millikin. www.wyndfieldstudio.com.

Host an event at the Museum!

Harbor View Gallery

Take a break and hold your next event at the Whaling Museum. Impress your guests with a unique location and a fabulously planned event.  Perfect for many types of parties and events, this package includes a three hour rental of the Jacobs Family Gallery or the Museum’s Harbor View Gallery (available in 2016).  

Arthur Moniz Sketches

(More information about this auction item to come)

Sponsored By


Commodore’s Berth

Coggeshall & Company



Captain’s Berth


For Individual and Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Alison Smart at (508) 997-0046 ext. 115 or asmart@whalingmuseum.org


Gala Committee         

David N. Kelley II, Co-Chair Rita Pacheco Sarah Budlong
Alice Rice Perkins, Co-Chair Susan Rothschild Alison Smart
Armand Fernandes, Jr. Maryellen Shachoy  
Barbara Ferri Ann Webster  
Mona Ketcham    

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