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More than $3 Million Raised at 30th Annual High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction

April 19, 2022

ATLANTA, April 19, 2022 — Celebrating its 30th annual events this year, the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction (March 24-26) raised more than $3 million to support the Museum’s special exhibitions, education and public programs. Over three days, the Auction welcomed more than 2,500 attendees, and 870 guests participated in the Live Auction, held on March 26. The 2023 Wine Auction will return to the tents at Atlantic Station March 23-25.

Co-chaired by Katie Johnson and Caryl Smith, the 2022 Auction celebrated art, wine and friends with a milestone year of tasting seminars, the High Revelry evening soiree, Friday’s Uncorked gala, Winemaker Dinners, Ladies and Gents luncheons, silent and live auctions, and the Vintners’ Reception.

“We’re all so grateful that we could gather in person this year to celebrate and support the Museum’s commitment to serving Atlanta,” said Rand Suffolk, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., director of the High. “The remarkable generosity of our supporters is both humbling and inspiring, and I can’t begin to thank them enough for their confidence and ongoing investment in the High.”

Seasoned winemaker Paula Kornell, owner of Paula Kornell Sparkling Wine, was the 2022 Special Guest of Honor. Mashama Bailey, award-winning chef and co-founder of the critically acclaimed The Grey in Savannah, Georgia, was the Auction’s 2022 Special Guest Chef.

The Auction featured 52 live lots and 99 silent lots, which included luxurious trips to renowned vineyards across the globe, carefully crafted dinners with acclaimed chefs and exclusive access to a variety of wines. The Museum raised approximately $1.2 million through the live and silent auctions and collected nearly $100,000 from the 17th annual Paddle Raise, which supports arts education and the High’s Art Access programs.

The top live auction lot, “Winemakers & Players at Altitude . . . in the new TK Elevator Innovation & Qualification Test Tower in The Battery Atlanta,” raised a total of $122,000. The winning couples will enjoy a three-hour wine and food extravaganza with Atlanta Braves alumni in the Western Hemisphere’s tallest elevator test tower. Donated by Paula Kornell, Chef Chris Hall, Barrell Craft Spirits and Monday Night Brewing, “Mother Cluckers Fabulous Bubbles Fiesta” raised $105,000. Winners of this lot will enjoy an old-fashioned Southern fried chicken feast with bubbles, whiskey, beer and more. Rounding out the top lots was “Sunday Soiree!,” which raised a total of $50,000. Winning couples will enjoy an afternoon by the pool at the home of Kelly and Rod Westmoreland, featuring food tastings from Chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union and Chef Kristen Essig of Dauphine’s in Washington, D.C., and wines poured by Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards and Michael Cruse of Cruse Wine Co.

The 2022 Wine Auction was made possible with support from Presenting Sponsor Delta Air Lines and Grand Cru Sponsor Merrill and Westmoreland Group Private Wealth Management.

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High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction
Founded in 1993, the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art. The Wine Auction is the top charity fundraising event in Atlanta and the number one charity wine auction benefiting the arts. Proceeds generated by the Auction, which have amounted to more than $35 million over the last 30 years, provide a significant source of funding for the Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. Proceeds help to make possible special exhibitions and partnerships. The Auction also provides funds for dynamic youth education programs, which draw more than 65,000 schoolchildren to the High each year. For more information, visit

About the High Museum of Art
Located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, the High Museum of Art connects with audiences from across the Southeast and around the world through its distinguished collection, dynamic schedule of special exhibitions and engaging community-focused programs. Housed within facilities designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the High features a collection of more than 18,000 works of art, including an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American fine and decorative arts; major holdings of photography and folk and self-taught work, especially that of artists from the American South; burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, including paintings, sculpture, new media and design; a growing collection of African art, with work dating from prehistory through the present; and significant holdings of European paintings and works on paper. The High is dedicated to reflecting the diversity of its communities and offering a variety of exhibitions and educational programs that engage visitors with the world of art, the lives of artists and the creative process. For more information about the High, visit

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