Witte Museum Hosts 46th Annual Dinner
By Jake Gaines
Photography by Greg Harrison
THE SCENE: Nearly 1,300 guests donned their finest western chic attire at the 46th Annual Witte Game Dinner on October 16th. Society sweethearts, corporate and city leaders and long-time patrons of the Witte celebrated this annual event in its new home in the Mays Family Center and Zachry Family Acequia Garden, the newest addition to the growing Witte campus. The Zachry Family Acequia Garden, mirrored by Brackenridge Park and the San Antonio River, was filled with tables decorated in “picnic chic” with a contemporary blue and white check. This year’s theme, A Family Tradition, celebrated the legendary heritage of San Antonio and Texas families, all with “Witte stories”, and at the same time the New Witte expanded museum campus, where there will be many more transformational stories for generations to come.
THE VIBE: The annual Witte Game Dinner, the Museum’s largest fundraising event, is known for its unique South Texas cuisine, which was created by Rosemary Kowalski and the RK Group 46 years ago. This year guests were treated to a new element brought by Pioneer and C.H. Guenther and Son, Inc. Pioneer was the event’s first new Presenting Sponsor in 14 years and brought with it additional delicious menus items such, as the Pioneer Biscuit and Waffle bar. Gathering together in the Zachry Family Acequia Garden, guests danced the night away to local favorite, Charlie Robison.
THE CAUSE: This year’s shindig was co-chaired by Nancy and Robert Hunt and their daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Paul Rohlfs, Jr., along with a committee of parents and children. Serving as honorary chairs were Mollie and Bartell Zachry and their family. The Witte Game Dinner is one of San Antonio’s most longstanding and beloved fundraising events. Proceeds from the Game Dinner raise essential operational funds allowing the Witte Museum to continue its mission of promoting lifelong learning throughout Texas. The funds raised at this year’s event were even more important as the Witte prepares for the debut of the final stages of the campus expansion in March 2017.