Dru Cash and Maura Ratigan, 2021 Christmas Benefit Co-chairs

Cash&Ratigan, 2021 Benefit

For the 40th anniversary of the Snite Gala, the Friends of the Snite Board could not have chosen two more charismatic and energetic co-chairs than Dru Cash and Maura Ratigan. 

Dru Cash grew up in South Bend and today is a successful local real estate expert and agent. He traces his love of art to his many childhood visits to museums and to a lifelong love of history, an interest which has expanded to include collecting historical artifacts and visiting historical locations as an adult. One of Dru’s hobbies is collecting “smalls” such as collectible boxes and antique silver. Some of his favorite artists are the portraitist Gilbert Stuart, the landscape painter Albert Bierstadt, the Pop artist Andy Warhol, and painter Edward Hopper.

Maura attended Notre Dame as an undergrad (’93), where she met her husband Brian, and then attended the University of Notre Dame Law School (magna cum laude ’96). After working as an attorney in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, Maura returned to South Bend in 2008 to raise her five children. An integral member of our community, she is an attorney for Lippert Components, is a volunteer and advisor to several organizations. 

Maura’s taste in art ranges from the traditional—a favorite work is Mary Cassatt’s The Child’s Bath—to Modern and, in her words, prefers art that “withholds then unfolds.” She loves the work of the husband-and-wife team of Lori Haselrick and Bob Cross whose evolving portfolio crosses various genres and evokes deep emotions. 

When Maura and Dru took on the task of spearheading this year’s Gala, their goal was to broaden the group of patrons while honoring longstanding benefactors in this anniversary year for the Snite Museum Christmas Benefit. They richly succeeded in their mission by adding several new benefactors and exceeding their goal for art education funds. Friends membership dues and fundraising events subsidize positions for two full-time education curators who help bring art to local students during a time when art education in public schools is on the decline. 

The Gala was held on December 2 in the elegant grand ballroom of the Palais Royale in downtown South Bend. Guests were greeted with beautiful arrangements of red roses with gold accents and Christmas greens. Attendees feasted on a palate-pleasing menu of sea bass and filet mignon catered by the Navarre Hospitality Group. Kelly Murphy Bellinger, Susan Driscoll, and Museum Director Joseph Becherer regaled the group with tales of past honorees, and the Notre Dame Glee Club treated the gathering with holiday songs. The evening concluded with guests departing with a porcelain ornament designed by Amy Tyler, an artist and Gala committee member.

 Susie Farrington

Friends Board of Directors

December 2021