Bullock Museum Gala Raises $1 Million, Honors Nancy Ann And Ray Hunt, Lee Trevino
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Jim Debth
THE SCENE: The Bob Bullock State History Museum in Austin was recently the setting for a million dollar evening, figuratively and literally. Over 450 social, cultural and philanthropic VIPs were on hand for the 14th annual Texas Independence Day Dinner that honored three legendary Texans: philanthropists Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt and Hall-of-Fame golfer Lee Trevino.
THE VIBE: As the black-tie crowd began the evening strolling down the red carpet in front of the Lone Star that sits at the entrance of the museum to pose for pictures, they knew they were in for a very special evening. Once inside, guests walked up the grand, spiral staircase for a cocktail reception where admirers were able to mingle with the guests of honor and other VIPs.
The party then moved downstairs for the seated dinner where the Bullock Museum atrium, which was turned into a lush, grand space featuring beautiful pastel blues, created the perfect space to celebrate three living legends. As guests dined on a multi-course meal, they were treated to tributes of the honorees before each of them gave heartfelt thanks to a room full of love and gratitude for the impact each of these Texas have had on the state, the country and the world.
THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Dan and Stacey Branch with Jan Felts Bullock serving as honorary chair, raised over $1 million for the Bob Bullock State History Museum educational programs and exhibitions. The museum attracts over 600,000 visitors annually, including 110,000 children from around Texas who come to the museum to learn about the history and culture of the state.