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Fall 2003 Newsletter

Celebration Time


University of Texas President Larry Faulkner
addresses Gala attendees. Photo by Pete Smith. 2003.


(l to r) David Douglas Duncan, Robert Faires, Tom
Staley, Babs George, and Douglas Taylor warm up the
crowd. Photo by Eric Beggs. 2003.


On April 12, the Ransom Center inaugurated its new exhibition space and research facilities with an elegant black-tie fundraising Gala. The galleries were filled to capacity with 370 guests attending the celebration and contributing over $430,000 toward the event and the Center's educational programs.

After a cocktail hour with jazz on the plaza, attendees gathered inside for dinner, Bill Broyles served as Master of Ceremonies accompanied by a dazzling live and multi-media presentation featuring the literary and artistic treasures of the Center's collections.

Membership Launch

The following Monday, April 14, 2003, the Ransom Center inaugurated its first-ever membership group, with a fabulous party honoring new members and donors in the soon-to-be dedicated Ralph and Mary John Spence Lobby. The event included a series of performances held in the new Charles Nelson Prothro Theater featuring local actors Robert Faires, Babs George, and Douglas Taylor performing pieces from the Center's collections.  

-Sue Murphy

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