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Kara Neuverth
Media Relations Director
402-498-1305
Kara.Neuverth@boystown.org

Lauren Laferla
Media Relations Specialist
402-498-1273
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Twitter: @LaurenLaferla

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Inaugural Art Auction Filled with Generosity for Boys Town Texas

Boys Town Texas held their inaugural ​art auction called “Painting for a Purpose” on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Ken Batchelor Cadillac.

The evening was graciously held and hosted by Ken Batchelor and included complimentary valet parking for guests. Over 150 guests attended the evening and enjoyed appetizers and beverages while bidding on one-of-a-kind art pieces among many other auction items.

The idea for the event came about when amateur artist and retired Anesthesiologist Dr. James Kurn called the Boys Town Texas Development Director, Joyce Horner, to see if Boys Town Texas accepted donated art. Joyce gladly accepted the gracious offer and a few days later, he dropped off 18 oil paintings.

“He wanted us to put them in the homes on our campus,” said Joyce. “We lined the pieces up against our reception wall and responses from board members and visitors passing by were to sell the pieces and raise funds for Boys Town.”

Joyce called Dr. Kurn and asked him about the idea of having an art show and auction for his work, and he was thrilled, honored and supported the idea fully. He even helped with the venue. ”We wanted a venue that was unique and after telling Dr. Kurn about possible locations, he said he would call. A few minutes later, we had a venue, food, valet parking and servers,” explains Joyce.

In addition to Dr. Kurn’s art work, Boys Town Texas solicited other items, including 12 paintings donated by Boys Town Texas youth. The evening started with two Boys Town youth speakers, Amber and Tiana. They inspired the audience with their stories and answered questions in between bidding.

The event turned out amazing with plenty of friend-raising and fundraising for Boys Town Texas. Kendra Scott donated 31 gorgeous pieces of jewelry for a Jewelry Pull. The limited jewelry boxes were purchased at a $60 value and the jewelry inside valued between $60 -$240. All boxes sold within 45 minutes. Many other items were available for bid including Spurs tickets and hotel packages. Raffle items included a Coach purse, iPod, Kindle, Canon camera, dinner tickets, and James Avery jewelry.

“Dr. Kurn and his wife were thrilled that we honored his paintings in such an incredible way,” said Joyce. “He never dreamed donating a few pieces of art would have created such a beautiful event for Boys Town. From this event, we learned you can take something small and turn it into something tremendous. There are many generous people out there who will do special things for children. We thank Dr. Kurn for donating his art, Ken Batchelor by opening his dealership and underwriting the event and helping us make many new friends and donors that will support Boys Town.”

The inaugural art auction was planned in less than two months and raised over $12,000. All proceeds went towards helping Boys Town children and families in the San Antonio community this Christmas season.