For the past eight years, the 20th Century Club identifies programs that help young children gain an appreciation for the arts as recipients of their annual “Children’s Fine Arts Benefit and Silent Auction.”

Approximately $19,000 has been donated to Erath County children’s fine arts programs over the past eight years. “Since the projects inception, we have been able to increase the amount we give each year. Our small group (less than 25 members) has worked hard to support the community’s children,” says Jan Anderson, club president. She reports that this year, the organizations that will receive funding are the Stephenville ISD band programs (grades 6-12), Lynn’s Corner at the Stephenville City Library, and Cathy Knoll’s Music Therapy.

Many people within the community are familiar with Cathy Knoll as she has been providing music therapy services to the life-skills classrooms throughout the Cross Timbers Area since 1978. She also hosts an after-school program providing music therapy services to children, teens and adults. Within the past few years, Cathy, with the support of Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council, has created an Arts & Science Clubhouse for intermediate school, junior high, and high school life-skills classes in Erath County. More than 40 students qualify for the Arts & Science Clubhouse. By the 20th Century Club funding this program, more children with special needs can access her services.

Dr. Kathy Horak Smith, 20th Century Club Fine Arts Chair added, “Cathy provides a service in our community that aligns with one of General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ (of which 20th Century Club is a part) purposes. Art is essential to the quality of life! The GFWC Arts Community Service Program encourages members to promote and support arts activities in all communities."

This is where the public support is crucial. The Stephenville 20th Century Club will host its Annual Children’s Fine Arts Benefit and Silent Auction at City HAll at City Limits from 5:30–7 p.m. Thursday.

Tickets can be purchased from any club member for $5 or $10 at the door.

A jazz trio will provide the entertainment for the evening while light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.

To donate items or purchase tickets, call Peggy Lowrie at 254-918-1635 or Kathy Horak Smith at 254-592-2379.