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A STATE OF INDEPENDENCE

Bullock Museum Gala Honors Two Of Texas’ Living Legends

By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Chris Caselli

THE SCENE:  The Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin was recently the scene for honoring two legendary Texans, each of who have made a special imprint in Texas and American history. The Twelfth Annual Texas Independence Day Dinner, created to celebrate Texas’ independence from Mexico, honored legendary CBS journalist Bob Schieffer and former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, the first woman elected to represent Texas in the United States Senate.

THE VIBE: From the moment the 350 guests arrived on the red carpet to take their picture in front of the now-legendary Texas Lone Star that sits outside the Bullock, you could sense a very special evening was in progress. Once inside, attendees ascended the grand staircase to engage in a cocktail hour where friends and admirers congratulated the deserving honorees. The action then turned to the downstairs atrium where everyone enjoyed a delicious meal during a program that showcased just how much the two honorees have put their Texas-sized stamp on history.

THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Jane Barnhill, with Jan Felts Bullock serving as honorary chair, raised over $470,000 for the educational programs and special projects of the Bullock Museum, to engage the broadest possible audience to interpret the continually unfolding Story of Texas through meaningful educational experiences.

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