The Big Event

35th Annual Big Event

Traveling the Back Roads

Thank you to all donors, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees who made the 35th Annual Big Event a success!

Betty Murdoch & Leanne Donner, Co-chairs
Karen Hughes, Auction Chair

Ginger Albrecht,Pat Basham, Joanne Freeman Blossom, Judy Blue, Linda Bracken, Sally Douglas, Kathy Harr, Joyce Jones, Jan Kieta, Julia Matthews, Punky Penberthy, Virginia Richards, Jenny Walker

Betty Murdoch, Leanne Donner, Ginger Albrecht, Karen Cornett, Julia Matthews, Anne Parkin, Karen Sharp, Nancy Simpson, Jenny Walker

A Very Special Thank You:
Chester Posey, Endowment & Auction Contributions
Dick & Susan Frazier, Underwriting for Ray Wylie Hubbard Concert

Table Sponsors
Cadillac Coupe de Ville
BCP Real Estate & Cliftex; Bosque Supply & Screen Door Inn; Lee & Leanne Donner & First Southwest; Dick & Susan Frazier; Steve & Kathy Harr, Scott & Cindy McAfee, B.C. & Leslie Bennett, & Todd & Dee Anna Walker; Roland & Joyce Jones; Punky & Wally Penberthy; Bob & Marge Schafer

Ford Thunderbird
Albrecht’s Pharmac; Charlie & Judy Blue & Robert & Ollie Evinger

Chevy Bel Air
Albrecht’s Pharmac; Wylie & Pat Basham; Joanne & Tom Blossom; Mark & Jacquelyn Brown; Citizens State Bank; Joe & Trish Coy; J & H Insurance; Bob & Kay Lane; Steve & Leslie McConnico; Don & Mary Beth McMahon; Aubrey & Virginia Richards; Carla & Vern Sigler; Judy & Steve Wells

Saturday Night Auction Item Donors
BAC Board of Directors; BCP – Rick & Sally Douglas; B.C. & Leslie Bennett; Bestyett Catering; Big Event Committee ; Tom & Joanne Freeman Blossom; Brookshire's – Clifton; Linda Bracken; George W. Bush Ranch; Carlisle Real Estate; Joe Coy; Lee & Leanne Donner; Susan Frazier; Phyllis Gamble & Mechelle Slaughter; Beverly Gloff; Gloff Ford; Steve & Kathy Harr; Jimmie & Karen Hughes; J & H Insurance; Bryan & Carol Macaulay Jameson; Keith's Ace Hardware; Doug & Jan Kieta; McDaniel Yardscapers; Mary Macchia; Roger Mitchell & Sandra Woosley; National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum - OKC; Chef Ken Patrick; Wally & Punky Penberthy; Red Caboose Winery; Rough Creek Lodge; Rountree Appliance; Phillip Simpson Insurance; Janyce & Jack Steinbrecher; Tim Talley; Trey & Alexis Thomason; Buck & Sydney Thomason; Phillip Wildman

Artists Donating to Saturday’s Live Auction
Steve Atkinson; Wayne Baize; George Boutwell; Mary Ross Buchholz; Robert Fobear; Hugh Gaither; Betty Graham; Bruce Greene; Martin Grelle; Sherry Harrington; Maureen Killaby; Randy Meador; Brenda Murphy; Bill Nebeker; Jean Olliver; Kathy Tate; Lloyd Voges; Don Weller

Thank you, George Boutwell, for the commemorative artwork for the 35th Annual Big Event!

Donors for Items in the Drawing
Albrecht’s; Ace hardware – Clifton; Tom & Joanne Blossom; Brookshires - Clifton; Kaye Callaway; Clifton Chamber of Commerce; Cliftex Theatre; Clifton Main Street (Ashley Abel); Horny Toad; Main Street Merchants; Market at the Mill; Beth Ratliff; Debbie Stubbs

Other Donors
R.W. & Judith Baker; Allen & Stacey Brooks; Debbie Rollins; Rick & Cheryll Lundberg; Joe & Anne West; Neal & Linda McDowell

Friday Volunteers
Big Event Committee; Judi Boston; Don Boysen; Virgil Curtis; Bryan Davis; Charles Davis; Martha Erickson; Debra Evans; Jean Lewis; Linda Lowrance; Terry McDonald; Glen & Linda Pfeiffer; Deb Phinney; Jo Rinewalt; Phil Robertson; Debbie Rollins; Steve Schmidt; Jane Scott; Carla Sigler; Nancy Simpson; Anne & Joe West

Saturday Night Volunteers
Ashley Abel; Lance Allen; B.C. & Leslie Bennett; Tejal Bhakta; Julie Conley; Bill Calhoon; Todd Clift; Bryan Davis; Rick Douglas; Martha Erickson; Rustin Qualls; Emma Scott; Jane Scott; James Scott; Katelin Twarowski; Phillip Wildman


We have made every effort to include everyone who contributed to the Big Event. But, if there is any oversight on our part, please accept our sincerest apologies.

2017 Spieler Lifetime Achievement Award

Lee & Leanne Donner

Lee and Leanne Donner were honored with the Joan Spieler Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteerism at the Big Event in April. Since 2000, the two have demonstrated their dedication to the BAC by supporting it in many ways.  Lee has served on the Art Council twice; he secured the printing of the Bosque Art Classic catalog for eight years, saving the BAC thousands of dollars in printing costs.  Even off the Art Council, Lee has continued to volunteer his time and talents to ensure a professional catalog, work with the art talks, serve on the scholarship committee, help to hang art work and then pack pieces for shipment following the annual Classic.  Leanne has spent untold volunteers hours at BAC in a myriad of ways.  She has served on the BAC Board of Directors three times, most recently for two years as President during a time of considerable improvements to BAC, including the third floor restoration.  This involved working with contractors, fund-raising efforts and donor solicitation, and decorating.  She has worked for the Big Event Committee (BAC’s largest fundraiser for general operations) for ten years, including seven years as chairman.  Each year, the Big Event has increased monies generated under her leadership. Leanne has also worked with Gallery of Trees.   The Donners are TBT Patrons and rarely miss a BAC function or any opportunity to support or encourage the success of the organization.

The Bosque Arts Center dedicated the 35th Annual Big Event
to the memory of long-time benefactor and supporter Sue Posey.


The Big Event funds the annual operating budget of the Bosque Arts Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit. The volunteerism, sponsorships, donations, and participation in the fun activities the Big Event committee plans each year keep the BAC thriving. Each year the Saturday night event includes a wonderful catered dinner and a live auction featuring work by renowned artists, lovely jewelry, and unique trips, events, and dinners.

Big Event Bidding on Grelle Painting 2013

The Big Event live auction is always a fun experience, with one-of-a-kind items up for purchase.

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