LUBBOCK ARTS SUPPORTERS CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE IN “OCTOBER” AT SPECIAL PREVIEW RECEPTION
Business and community leaders gather to be among the first to learn about gala fundraiser to benefit the City’s sculpture garden amphitheater project
LUBBOCK, Texas (October 22, 2003) – Lubbock business leaders and City Council members, along with representatives from Texas Tech University and the local arts community celebrated New Year’s Eve a few months early at a special VIP reception, with hats, horns and a “simulated” countdown-to-midnight balloon drop and champagne toast Wednesday evening.
The New Year’s Eve preview party, held at the Texas Tech International Cultural
Center, was a community kick-off event to generate local awareness for the upcoming New Year’s Eve fundraiser to benefit the local arts community, sponsored by ALON USA/FINA 7-Eleven. Proceeds from the Dec. 31 fundraiser, which is themed the Whirlwind of Entertainment New Year’s Eve Gala, will help support the City’s sculpture garden and amphitheater project in Mackenzie Park.
During the VIP Preview Reception, Don Caldwell, one of the local gala organizers, publicly announced for the first time the fantastic musical line-up and the fabulous dinner and dancing plans that will keep party-goers entertained all night long at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center on Dec. 31.
Caldwell explained that guests will enjoy the evening’s festivities in a three- phase progressive fashion. The first part of the evening will be a gala reception featuring pianist Doug Smith, with a special preview of the Community & International Fine Arts Exhibition, also sponsored by ALON USA/FINA 7-Eleven. This will be followed by a scrumptious three course gourmet dinner and dancing to the music of the World Famous Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Guests will then prepare to ring in 2004 as they “Jump, Jive and Wail” with The Stars of the Cactus Theater including – Donnie Allison, Jeff Bailey, Jason Fellers, Butch Avery, Marcellus Roberts, Macy Hill, Cami Caldwell and Lesley Sawyer, along with Don Caldwell and the Lubbock Texas Rhythm Machine and a special unveiling of the sculpture garden art by local sculptor, Steve Teeters.
“We are very pleased to sponsor tonight’s reception to get the community excited about the upcoming gala fundraiser,“ said Jeff Morris, President and CEO of ALON USA. “Through our efforts, we hope to encourage others from the local business community, as well as all Lubbock citizens, to celebrate New Year’s Eve with us and support a project that will help build a public arts venue for everyone to enjoy.”
Morris also said that the initiative is aligned with ALON’s efforts to support the arts in Lubbock on an ongoing basis. In June, ALON USA/FINA announced the company’s contribution of $150,000 to support the City of Lubbock’s sculpture garden and amphitheater project. The new facility in Mackenzie Park will provide world-class entertainment opportunities in a multi-dimensional performance venue. Because of this generous donation, Mayor Marc McDougal and Lubbock City Council named the sculpture garden, adjacent to the amphitheater, in honor of ALON USA/FINA.
According to Morris, the company’s support of this major community project proves to be mutually beneficial because the Lubbock market is key for ALON. “ALON USA is an integral part of the Lubbock community; through our Southwest Convenience Stores division we employ more than 100 people and operate nearly 25 FINA 7-Eleven’s throughout the Lubbock area,” Morris said. “By supporting the City, we are demonstrating our commitment to the community and customers we serve.”
Local Host Committee Members include: Bobbe Crawford, Chair, Parks & Recreation Department; Jim Bertram, President Lubbock Regional Arts Center; and Murray Hensley, President, Civic Lubbock Inc.
Ticket prices for the gala are $125 per person. Corporate sponsorships are available for $1,500 and $2,500 for a table of eight.
Tickets may be purchased at the Cactus Theater, or call (806) 762-3233 for more information.