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Throughout the year, WaterTower hosts a number of special events for our donors. Our largest fundraising event is the annual Spring Gala, most recently held on May 11, 2018. Details on the 2019 Spring Gala have not yet been announced. If you are interested in participating in the next Gala, please email Debbie Ruegsegger, at 972.450.6275.

2018 Spring Gala - MAY 11, 2018

The 2018 WaterTower Theatre Spring Gala on May 11 was night of two new “10-minute plays” by written and performed by local artists honoring two contributors to our community: Chef Kent Rathbun and the late Robert Mayer, Jr. Sponsors for the evening were: VIP Patron Sponsor Sewell Automotive Companies, Valet Sponsor AMLI Residential, and Wine Sponsor Goody Goody Liquor.

As the 250 guests gathered at the sold-out event at Vouv Event Space, they were welcomed by Event Chair Tara Lewis and her husband John Swords, Underwriting Chair Craig Sutton and his wife Deborah, and Honorary Chair Barbara Daseke with husband Don. Guests first mingled in the spacious lobby, bidding on a dozen silent auction packages including a Santa Fe excursion, Paul Simon primo concert seating, a private English tea party, and an array of exclusive Dallas area arts opportunities. Guests then entered the ballroom for dinner, featuring a striking black and white candlelit table décor, and arrangements of white hydrangeas and peonies arranged to perfection by Jackson Durham Events.

The Rathbun play, by Steven Young, was a Western farce featuring “The Lobster Shooter” Rathbun and his sidekick crossing paths with a cheerfully imbibing Julia Child and “nemesis” Chef Bobby Flay in cowboy duds. The play honoring Bob Mayer, written by Vicki Cheatwood, was an imagined encounter between the late WaterTower Board member and business man and Ann Richards, set in a 1960 John Kennedy campaign office. Chef Kent and his wife Tracy Rathbun, and Mayer’s daughter Mary Anne Mayer Redmond were on hand to receive autographed copies of the newly-minted scripts.

The evening ended with a live auction of travel packages capped by a Tuscany villa vacation sold four times, and a private theater weekend in Chicago curated by Schultz sold three times. It was by all accounts WaterTower’s most successful Gala in recent memory, with the “theatrical tribute” concept garnering rave reviews from Gala guests.