Celebrate the Arts: L’Orient Express

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Join The Arts Council Thursday, September 22, at the Brazos County Expo as they Celebrate the Arts – L’Orient Express! At this exciting annual event, The Arts Council pays tribute to individuals and organizations that have made a lasting impact in the arts within the Brazos Valley. The 2016 Arts Council award honorees include Coleen Bradfield, Wade & Mary Beckman of Amico Nave Ristorante & Shipwreck Grill, Paul & Karen Bonarrigo of Messina Hof Winery & Resort, and the M.L. “Sonny Moss” Artist of the Year, Donny Hall.

The event will feature the honorees, entertainment, an exquisite dinner, a live auction, and the opportunity for guests to win a stunning yellow gold amulet with white topaz courtesy of David Gardner’s Jewelers & Gemologists. Auction items include an imported Turkish rug, a Texas BBQ, Brew & Dessert for Twenty, a Messina Hof Wine & Dine in Grapevine Experience for Four, a Ronin Cooking “Full Moon Dinner” for Ten, an Evening Out on the Town for Six with pre-dinner drinks at The Republic 1836 and a fine dining experience at Amico Nave Ristorante, and a Port Aransas Beach Getaway with fishing, a jet boat ride, and a cozy stay at the Clines Landing Beach Condo.

Journey with The Arts Council and celebrate the wealth of arts offerings in the Brazos Valley and help raise funds to continue their efforts of making the arts accessible to all citizens and visitors of the Brazos Valley. Over the past year alone, The Arts Council has awarded more than $400,000 in direct funding support to non-profit arts, culture, and heritage organizations throughout the region. In addition, The Arts Council provides much needed artistic educational opportunities to youth in our community. From theatrical performances and major events to museums and art galleries, The Arts Council’s support for the arts is significant and far-reaching.

Almost every non-profit arts organization in the community receives some form of marketing, funding, or developmental support from the Arts Council, all with one cohesive goal: making the quality of life in the Brazos Valley the best that the state has to offer.

Proceeds from this event stay local and are utilized to promote, grow, and support the arts in the region through various scholarships, marketing and educational programs, and artistic exhibitions.

The Arts Council is honored and excited to recognize these individuals for their passion, ambition, and selfless service at this year’s Celebrate the Arts. Individual tickets for Celebrate the Arts are $100 and table sponsorships start at $1,250. To purchase tickets, become a sponsor, or for more information email development@acbv.org, call (979) 696-2787, or visit www.acbv.org.