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.
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.