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Romancing the Stars Dinner Dance Focuses on Local Stars
Brownwood, Texas – January 23, 2015 - On February 14th, The ARK Domestic Violence Shelter will host their annual fundraiser. This year, the dinner/dance will be held at the Brown County Fairgrounds Home Economics Building and the Theme is "Romancing the Stars". There will be red carpet, paparazzi, and some auction items from celebrities, however, the real focus will be on the "Local Stars" - the folks who have given so much to help The ARK exist.
A couple of local heroes remains a mystery. This couple will be recognized during the event as the recipients of the Coy Pullara Unsung Hero award. Coy was instrumental in creating the shelters here (1984) and in Abilene (1980).
She died in 2010 but her memory is kept alive at the shelter with an annual award to others that continue the work she started when she created a safe haven for individuals and their families to keep them safe from domestic violence or sexual assault.
Other local heroes that will be honored are the participants in last year's Adopt-a-Room project. These individuals spent a great deal of time, money and hard work on renovating all the bedrooms of the shelter. The results of the renovation were amazing and a video commemorating their work will be shown, giving attendees a look at the before and after pictures.
"The goal of this year's event is to make everyone feel like a star." Executive Director Terri Densman said. "We'll have great music to dance to, and a wonderful steak dinner and exciting auction items to bid on."
The steak dinner for the event will be catered by Humphrey Pete’s and will include an 8 oz. sirloin, roasted new potatoes, green beans, salad, roll and dessert. Humphrey Pete’s is a locally owned restaurant known for its great food and excellent service and catering.
The Bill Smallwood band will be back as well. Smallwood, from Fredericksburg, is known for his jazzy renditions of the classic forties music, but he will also pull out some favorites from throughout the decades.
In addition to a guitar autographed by George Strait for the live auction, there will also be Robert Earl Keen items, a vacation trip to New York, a vacation trip to New Orleans, and a sapphire/diamond ring from Nathan's Jewelers.
Tickets (or sponsor information) are available from any ARK Board Member, including John Propst, Ann Beadel, Jo Ann Snow, Jared Trowbridge, Troy Carroll, George Caldwell, Kimberly Cruz, Cassandra Evers, Rick Phelps or Dion White, by calling The ARK administration at (325)643-2699, or by Paypal online at www.arkshelter.org.
All proceeds from "Romancing the Stars" will go to The ARK, which is a dual shelter for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse. We serve Brown, Coleman and Comanche Counties. The phone number to call for help is 325-643-2699. For more information about The ARK Shelter, you can go online to www.arkshelter.org.
Guitar Autographed by George Strait one of the Auction Items for Gala
Executive Director Terri Densman,(far right) is shown here accepting the Guitar autographed by George Strait. From (left to right) Don Armstrong, Jodie Hunter Armstrong, and Hank Hunter. Jodie Hunter Armstrong, owner of Brownwood Music company, said that she suffered domestic violence for years in an earlier marriage and understands what the victims go through. All of her George Strait memorabilia was destroyed by her abusive ex-husband. The guitar is her way of helping other victims of domestic violence.
Brownwood, Texas – January 7, 2015 - The staff at The ARK Domestic Violence Shelter (The ARK) is getting ready for their primary fundraiser of the year. This year the theme is "Romancing the Stars" and will be held on February 14th at the Brownwood Fair Grounds Home Economics Building. The event will feature a steak dinner catered by Humphrey Pete's, a dance with music by The Bill Smallwood Band, a silent auction and a live auction. The decor will combine Valentine's Day and Glamorous Hollywood.
One of the items for the auction is a guitar personally autographed by Country Music Legend George Strait. Hank Hunter, a patron of The ARK, with the help of his son, was able to get the guitar autographed specifically for The ARK. "The story of getting George Strait's signature happened from the luck of a unique series of events." Hunter explains. "My son, Billy Jack, had recently worked for our customer accounts located in San Antonio. While there, Billy Jack made good friends with a fellow whose mother has worked closely with George Strait for over a decade.”
"Immediately, a light bulb went off in my head!" Hunter exclaimed. "I wanted to see about getting a guitar signed for the Ark for their live auction."
For the final months of his farewell tour, the guitar was at George Strait's office. It was signed by him specifically for the ARK in San Antonio just after his last concert in June 2014.
Here, the story continues for a significant connection. The guitar was donated by Jodie Hunter Armstrong of Brownwood Music Company. Jodie is Hank Hunter's cousin and when Hunter asked for the donation, she was more than willing to donate the guitar. "Donating a George Strait guitar means a lot to me." Armstrong said. During my first marriage, I was in a domestic violence situation. During those dark days, my ex-husband destroyed all of my George Strait memorabilia including some autographs. Those meant a lot to me, so donating a guitar with George Strait's autograph for an auction that benefits The ARK, which helps victims of domestic violence, is a happy circle. There is happiness out there no matter what your past."
There are sponsorships available for Romancing the Stars Dinner/Dance for businesses or individuals. Each sponsorship gets a table together with 10, 8, 6 or 4 tickets and numerous other considerations including promotion for their business and a VIP invitation to the auction preview party at 5:30 pm, an hour before the dinner dance at 6:30 pm.
"We are hoping that many of the attendees will dress like their favorite Hollywood star." Executive Director Terri Densman said. "It's always fun to wear glitz and glamour. We promise to pamper our guests this year and make everyone feel like a star with stage lights and red carpet. There will also be an opportunity to have your picture taken for a lasting memory of a great night."
Tickets (or sponsor information) are available from any ARK Board Member, including John Propst, Ann Beadel, Jo Ann Snow, Jared Trowbridge, Troy Carroll, George Caldwell, Kimberly Cruz, Cassandra Evers, Rick Phelps or Dion White, by calling the ARK administration at (325)643-2699, or by Paypal online at www.arkshelter.org,
Tickets for the event are $45 each. All proceeds from "Romancing the Stars" will go to The ARK, which is a shelter for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse and their families in Brown, Coleman and Comanche Counties. The phone number to call for help is 325-643-2699.
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