The Big Event
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.
Join us this year for our 35th Annual Big Event:
Traveling the Back Roads
Friday, April 7: Ray Wylie Hubbard in Concert
The songwriter's songwriter known for such songs as "Snake Farm" and "Up Against the Wall (Redneck Mother)" plays at the BAC's Friday night Big Event concert April 7.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with 2016 Texas Troubadour winner John Swantner kicking off the night at 7 p.m.
Ray Wylie Hubbard will take the stage at at 7:45 p.m.
Tickets are $25, $50, $75, & $150.
Follow this link for more details.
Saturday, April 8: Dinner & Live Auction
On Saturday, April 8, the live auction will be filled with one-of-a-kind art, trips, private parties, and lots more. Original artwork includes pieces by Cowboy Artists of America members, along with many other nationally renowned artists. Dinner at the airport, a Super Bowl Party for 14 (with the game viewed on a 30-foot HD screen), a wine fridge with related items, place settings of La Cadeaux dinnerware, private party entertainment by Troubadour People’s Choice winner Phillip Wildman, Chef Ken Patrick cooking for you in your home, an iPad, an HD flat screen TV, a designer purse, beautiful jewelry by Mary Macchia…these are just some of the terrific items up for bid this year. Make your plans now for the 35th Annual Big Event at the BAC!!
Artists Contributing Original Work to the 2017 Big Event
Mary Ross Buchholz
2016: The 34th Annual Big Event: Camelot
BIG EVENT COMMITTEE
Leanne Donner, Betty Murdoch, Karen Hughes, Ginger Albrecht, Pat Basham, Judy Blue, Linda Bracken, Sally Douglas, Kathy Harr, Joyce Jones, Jan Kieta, Julia Matthews, Punky Penberthy, Virginia Richards, Jenny Walker.
BIG EVENT DECORATING COMMITTEE
Betty Murdoch, Leanne Donner, Ginger Albrecht, Nancy Haenisch, Julia Matthews, Anne Parkin, Nancy Simpson, Jenny Walker
Thanks to our Sponsors
A Very Special Thank You to Contributors
Dick & Susan Frazier
King Arthur & Guinevere
B.C. & Leslie Bennett/Steve & Kathy Harr/Larry & Patti Toon
Peter & Charron Denker
Lee & Leanne Donner
Ollie & Robert Evinger/Charlie & Judy Blue
Roland & Joyce Jones
Bosque Supply/Screen Door Inn
Guinevere McLarty Owen
Punky & Wally Penberthy
Bob & Marge Schafer
Knights of the Round Table
Martin Grelle & MKG Construction, Ltd.
Gene & Ginger Albrecht
Tom & Joanne Blossom
Mark & Jacquelyn Brown
Blake & Joan Holman
Jimmie & Karen Hughes
Rowland & Janet Jackson
Kay & Bob Lane
Don & Mary Beth McMahon
Dr. Carla & Vern Sigler
Judy & Steve Wells
Jose & Becky Cano (In memory of Sue Posey), Lee & Leanne Donner, Cleon & Carolyn Flanagan, Neal & Linda McDowell, Aubrey & Virginia Richards, Dawn Stenmark, Buck & Sidney Thomason (Endowment Fund - in memory of Sue Posey), May Wood
Saturday Night Auction Item Donors
Leslie & BC Bennett, Bestyett Catering, BAC Board of Directors (Leanne Donner, Virginia Richards, Anne West, Jean Lewis, Judi Boston, Linda Bracken, Marsha Brown, Grant Ferguson, Julia Matthews, Neal McDowell, Mary Beth McMahon, Betty Murdoch, Glen Pfeiffer), BAC Gift Shop, Big Event Committee (Leanne Donner, Betty Murdoch, Karen Hughes, Ginger Albrecht, Pat Basham, Judy Blue, Linda Bracken, Sally Douglas, Kathy Harr, Joyce Jones, Jan Kieta, Julia Matthews, Anne Parkin, Punky Penberthy, Virginia Richards, Jenny Walker), Bosque County Properties, Brookshire's – Clifton, Marsha Brown, George W. Bush Ranch, Becky & Jose Cano, Citizens State Bank, Cobb Properties, Trish & Joe Coy, David's – Clifton, Leanne & Lee Donner, Susan Frazier, Kathy & Steve Harr, Karen & Jimmie Hughes, Iris's Teapot Cottage, Janet & Rowland Jackson, Joyce Jones, Keith's Ace Hardware, Jan & Doug Kieta, Jean Lewis, McDaniel Yardscapers, Bryan & Carol Macaulay-Jameson, Mary Macchia, Betty Murdoch, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum – Oklahoma City, Emily Neal, Nicholson-Hardie, Chef Oz, Anne Parkin, Punky & Wally Penberthy, Phillip Simpson Insurance, Robinson Ranch Services, Rough Creek Lodge, Rountree Appliance, Texas Appliance, Alexis & Trey Thomason, Sidney & Buck Thomason, Treaty Oak Gallery
Artists Donating to Saturday’s Live Auction
Steve Atkinson, Gerald Balciar, Mary Buchholz, John Coleman, Mikel Donahue, Tony Eubanks, Robert Fobear, Hugh Gaither, Bruce Greene, Martin Grelle, Sherry Harrington, Becky Hicks, Maureen Killaby, Bill Nebeker, Gary Niblett, Jean Olliver, Edgar Sotelo, Jason Scull, Kathy Tate, Lloyd Voges, Jack Walker, Soon Warren, Don Weller
Thank you, Karen Wise, for the commemorative artwork for the 34th Annual Big Event!
Raffle Item Donors
Gene & Ginger Albrecht, BJ’s Western Wear, Blossom Shoppe, artist George Boutwell, Clifton Chamber of Commerce, Clifton Main Street, Leanne Donner, Downtown Merchants, Brian & Melanie Horeftis, Scott & Cindy McAfee, Stayce’s Cakes (Meridian)
Volunteers for Friday & Saturday Nights
Ashley Abel, B.C. Bennett, Tejal Bhakta, Judi Boston, Don Boysen, Charlie Brooks, Natalie Brooks, Todd Clift, Julie Conley, Virgil Curtis, Bryan Davis, Charles Davis, Martha Erickson, Debra Evans, Jean Lewis, Ray & Terry McDonald, Thomas Murdoch, Danielle Neelley, Glen & Linda Pfeiffer, Deb Phinney, Walt Penberthy, Glen Pfeiffer, Rustin Qualls, Margo Qualls, Aubrey & Virginia Richards, Phil Robertson, David Schmidt, Jason Schmidt, Steve Schmidt, Jane Scott, Nancy Simpson, Lewis & Marcia Stansell, Kaci Stone, Anne & Joe West
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.
2016 Spieler Lifetime Achievement Award
Punky & Wally Penberthy
The Bosque Arts Center honored Wally and Punky Penberthy with the Joan Spieler Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Big Event April 9.
After giving a background on the origin of the Spieler Award, host Bryan Davis turned the mic over to Martin Grelle, who lauded the many contributions made by the Penberthys.
Since moving to Bosque County in 2000, Wally and Punky have been active members in all areas of BAC and have remained a guiding force in every aspect of the organization. Punky has served three terms as President of the Art Council, and chaired the numerous annual art workshops featuring nationally recognized artists for several years. She has also served two terms on the BAC Board as well as two terms as BAC President. She has worked in some capacity with the annual Big Event fundraiser each year since moving here, serving at auction chair twice and general chair two years as well. A member of the Bosque Chorale, Punky has served two years as chair of the Civic Music Association. She has worked as a coordinator for the Culinary Club several years and has served as tablescapes chairperson for two years with the Arts of Christmas.
Wally has served one term on the BAC Board and functioned as building chairman. He also served two years as president of the Art Council. Longtime Art Patrons and Tin Building Theatre patrons, Wally and Punky are currently serving as co-chairs of the Reach Up & Reach Out building campaign.
Grelle concluded his inventory of contributions by the Penberthys with their extensive civic and church involvements.
“And on a personal note,” he added, “she has brought me more home-cooked meals than I can count.”
The Big Event live auction is always a fun experience, with one-of-a-kind items up for purchase.