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Kara Neuverth
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402-498-1305
Kara.Neuverth@boystown.org

Lauren Laferla
Media Relations Specialist
402-498-1273
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Art for a Purpose Sees Successful Second Year Raising $28,000

Boys Town Texas held their second Art for a Purpose event on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Ken Batchelor, an upscale Cadillac dealership showroom. This event was not only a fundraiser but it also kicked off the 100th year anniversary of Boys Town.

Over 300 board member and development committee members, prospective board members, community leaders, executives from major corporations in San Antonio, artists and their friends and families and Boys Town Texas employees attended the free event underwritten by Ken Batchelor and Frost Bank. After all the raffle prizes were won and all the art was bid on, Art for a Purpose brought in over $28,000 and a bunch of new Boys Town supporters.

Guests were able to enjoy beautiful art, participate in the auction, purchase 50 boxes of Kendra Scott Jewelry, bottles of wine, beautiful notecards, raffle tickets and blinky rings. Attendees were even able to get their caricature pictures drawn and their photo taken thanks to the generous support and sponsorship of Sharbeck and Experian. Happy hour drinks were sponsored by Gambrinus, HEB, Silver Eagle, Glazers and Republic Beverages and the appetizers were sponsored by Frost Bank.

Throughout the event, guests were entertained by the DJ skills of Romeo Cruz, Boys Town Texas Supervisor of Common Sense Parenting, and by the musical and vocal talent of Alexa Padalecki, Boys Town Texas Donor Relations Specialist, and her brother, Tyler Padalecki. KENS-5 Sportscaster Vinnie Vinzetta was also in attendance to emcee the event. Special speakers included In-Home Family Services grandparent Mercedes Bristol and Amber Gifford, a former Boys Town Texas youth shared her recent success as a college student after living at Boys Town for more than six years and Mercedes Bristol a grandmother of five that had received services through the In-Home Family Services Program.

Art for a Purpose began in 2014 when a retired Anesthesiologist, Dr. Kurn, reached out to Boys Town Texas to see if they would have any use for art work in their campus homes. Upon seeing the beautiful art work, a board member suggested that Joyce Horner, Boys Town Texas Director of Development set up an auction to raise funds for Boys Town Texas's services. Dr. Kurn was flattered to have his work sold and even helped Boys Town Texas build the partnership with Ken Batchelor Cadillac to host the event.

While the main purpose of Art for a Purpose is to raise money to support Boys Town Texas programs and services, the event is also used as an opportunity to build relations among executives from major companies. A few important companies in attendance this year included: Frost Bank, Tesoro, USAA, Valero, CPS Energy, Gold's Gym, Bolner Fiesta Company, Casa Rio and many others.

Congratulations to Boys Town Texas on an incredible event and thank you to all the generous donors who made Art for a Purpose a success!