Firenze, March 6, 2015
It seems just like yesterday I was in sunny Florida with our Vice President Manuel Guerra for our Annual Meeting and the many events organized for the week of our February stay.
I was particularly impressed by the great success of the auction hosted by Meredith Marshall, carried out in an amazing atmosphere of warmth and friendship, and I feel deep gratitude for those friends who generously put up their own vacation homes to raise funds for our activities in favor of the Uffizi cultural heritage.
The presentation at the Wolfsonian Museum was also very pleasant, everyone was captivated and there was such a lively mood. The Museum itself is most peculiar and I greatly enjoyed the tour.
Wherever we went, everything was perfectly organized, I could always feel genuine enjoyment and I am most grateful for the enthusiasm and dedication everyone puts in to make our organization known to a wider audience and to find new supporters.
And how rewarding to see so many projects coming to fruition! The Friends’ patronage towards the restoration of the Uffizi ancient marbles sculptures is becoming more and more considerable: another two of the statues flanking the Gallery’s corridors – Ariadne and Aphrodite – were restored last year, two more have already been commissioned for this year: Athena and Victory, and your Community restoration of the marble group of Hercules and Nessus was presented two weeks ago to great acclaim. The media gave ample coverage, giving much credit to the American Friends of the Uffizi Gallery for their praiseworthy continuing support.
Indeed you have been a faithful presence over the years, that will be ten in 2016, and I appreciate your already anticipatory enthusiasm at finding special fund-raising opportunities to mark the Friends’ 10th-anniversary celebrations.
I wish to express my heartfelt thanks for the great job you are all doing, either on the front line or behind the scenes, to spread the knowledge about our mission and to find art-loving benefactors helping us preserve the treasures of the Uffizi Gallery.
With gratitude and appreciation,
Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti