The Big Event

36th Annual Big Event Thank You's

Big Event weekend in 2018 brought another year of fun at the BAC.  Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters provided music for a great dance on Friday night, after a delicious dinner by La Fiesta.  On Saturday, Bestyett provided a scrumptious meal, followed by a couple of clever songs by Phillip Wildman.  Then, some very happy bidders took home fabulous auction items.

Thank you to everyone who contributed their time, talents, and resources to the 36th Annual Big Event.   We appreciate you all!

Big Event Committee

Leanne Donner & Betty Murdoch (co-chairs)
Karen Hughes (auction chair)
Ginger Albrecht, Karen Cornett,  Joanne Freeman Blossom, Sally Douglas, Susan Frazier, Joyce Jones, Jan Kieta, Virginia Richards, Heather Willmann

Big Event Decorating Committee
Betty Murdoch, Leanne Donner, Ginger Albrecht, Joanne Blossom, Karen Cornett, Susan Frazier, Jan Kieta, Nancy Simpson

A Very Special Thank You
Chester Posey, Endowment & Auction Contributions

Saturday Table Sponsors
B.C. & Leslie Bennett, Lee & Leanne Donner & HilltopSecurities, Dick & Susan Frazier, Roland & Joyce Jones, Punky & Wally Penberthy, Screen Door Inn & Bosque Supply
First Officer
MKG Construction, Ltd & Joyce & Martin Grelle
Wylie & Pat Basham, BCP Real Estate, Joan & Blake Holman, Aubrey & Virginia Richards

Underwriters for Grady Gaines & the Texas Upsetters
Dick & Susan Frazier
Sylvia Bucek

Friday Table Sponsors
BCP Real Estate, Albrecht’s Pharmacy, Dick & Susan Frazier, Lee & Leanne Donner, Bill & Betty Murdoch, Rowland & Janet Jackson, Stacy Brooks, Tom & Joanne Blossom, Steve & Kathy Harr, B.C. & Leslie Bennett, Todd & Dee Anna Walker, John & Vickie Mitchell, Wayne & Jamey Jaynes, Eric Vanderbeck & Kathy Cash, John & Darlene Thomas

Other Donations
Phillip Simpson Insurance, Wright Asphalt Products Co., Citizens State Bank, Bob & Marge Schafer, Judy & Steve Wells, R.W. & Judith Baker, Paul & Cindy Leonard, Janice Runyons, George & Jenny Walker, Steven Regan, Jose Cano, Tin Building Theatre, Main Street, A6 Store

Artists Contributing Original Art to the Auction
Teal Blake, George Boutwell, Betty Graham, Bruce Greene, Martin Grelle, Sherry Harrington, Randy Meador, Brenda Murphy, Jean Olliver, David Prescott, Sharon Saunders, Kathy Tate, Lloyd Voges, Herman Walker, Don Weller
Thank you, George Boutwell, for the commemorative artwork for the “Fly Me to the Moon” theme.

Auction Item Donors
Ace Hardware, BCP Real Estate, B.C. & Leslie Bennett & Casey Hartle, Bestyett Catering, Big Event Committee, Bosque Arts Center, BAC Board of Directors, BAC Culinary Club, BAC Quilt Guild, Linda Bracken, President George W. Bush Ranch, Cruz Food Truck, Cutting Edge Knives, Lee & Leanne Donner, Peggy Edwards, Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas, Dick & Susan Frazier, Adam Greene, Steve & Kathy Harr, Jeff & Brittany Harris, Trace Hendricks, Karen & Jimmie Hughes, Intergem Jewelry, J&H Insurance & Rowland & Janet Jackson, Bryan & Carol Macaulay Jameson & Baylor University, Doug & Jan Kieta, Ray & Terry McDonald, Mary Macchia, Roger Mitchell & Sandra Woosley, Nicholson-Hardie Garden & Nursery, Wally & Punky Penberthy, McDaniel Yardscapers, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Chef Ken Patrick, Rough Creek Lodge & Resort, Rountree Appliance, Phillip Wildman

Raffle Item Donors
Tom & Joanne Blossom, Brookshire’s, Cobb Properties, Corner Drug Café, Gloff Motors, Jeff & Brittany Harris, David Prescott

Mystery Bag Item Donors
Albrecht’s Pharmacy, Michael Aram Candles, BJ’s Western Wear, Blossom Shoppe, Brookshire’s, The Cliftex, Betty Murdoch, Susan Frazier, Horny Toad, Lady Bugs, Meredith Kate, Market at the Mill, Sinclair

Thank you, Imagination Factory students 2017, for decorating our Mystery Bags!

Friday Volunteers
Big Event Committee, Ashley Abel, Lance Allen, Tejal Bhakta, Don Boysen, Bill Calhoon, Bryan Davis, Martha Erickson, Debra Evans, Linda Lowrance, Ray & Terry McDonald, Linda Pfeiffer, Deb Phinney, Steve Schmidt, Jane Scott, Nancy Simpson

Saturday Volunteers
Ashley Abel, Brian Barrett, B.C. Bennett, Bryan Davis, Tejal Bhakta, Bill Calhoon, Todd Clift, Julie Conley, Rick Douglas, Martha Erickson, Chris & Micki Evans, Ruth Jameson, David Prescott, Rustin Qualls, Jane Scott, Steve Schmidt, Phillip Wildman

Our deepest congratulations go to Cleon and Carolyn Flanagan, recipients of the Joan Spieler Lifetime Achievement Award.  Named after the BAC’s founder, the Spieler recognizes exceptional, longtime volunteer efforts on behalf of the Arts Center—which the Flanagans most definitely have done.  Thank you and congratulations, Cleon and Carolyn!

Artists contributing to 2018 Big EventAmong the talented artists contributing original work to the 2018 Big Event were Cowboy Artists of America members Martin Grelle and Bruce Greene, as well as Oil Painters of America member Kathy Tate. [Photo courtesy of Kathy Tate]


You couldn’t attend the Big Event but want to be a part of keeping the arts alive and well in Central Texas?  Click here to make a one-time donation.

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.


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



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