For the past 11 years, the Stephenville 20th Century Club has identified fine arts programs in the Cross Timbers area that help young children gain an appreciation for the arts and will once again be hosting its annual Children’s Fine Arts benefit from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at City Hall at City Limits.
This year’s fundraising recipients are Huston Academy’s Visiting Artist Program, the Stephenville Public Library’s Children’s Reading Program Art Projects, Stephenville ISD’s dance programs and Foster’s Home for Children fine art scholarships.
In the past 10 years, the 20th Century Club has raised over $50,000 for Children’s Fine Arts Programs in Erath County, which include Stephenville ISD fine arts programs, Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council Children’s Summer Fine Arts Camps, Huston Academy, Stephenville Public Library and Cathy Knoll’s Music Program for Special Needs Students.
“The organization is hoping to increase that amount by $15,000 this year,” said club president Harriet Frazier. “Our small group — between 25 and 30 members — has worked hard to support the community’s children.”
Tickets for the benefit can be pre-purchased for $10 from the 20th Century Club, Huston Academy or from Stephenville High School visual arts teacher Emily McLemore. Tickets will be $15 at the door.
Entertainment will be provided by barbershop quartet, Sweet Memories, Stephenville’s famous “Elvis” and a live DJ along with light hors d’oeuvres.
A live and silent auction will also take place with guest auctioneers Matt Underwood, Doug McLemore and John Baxter.
“It’s a great time as everyone gets to relax and visit with friends while bidding on the wide variety of silent and live auction items,” said chair of the club’s fine arts committee Elaine Smith.
The 20th Century Club also sponsors SISD’s student art show.
“The 20th Century Club’s support of the SISD Student Art Show has given us the ability to display artwork from all grade levels in a professional manner,” McLemore said. “Prior to their support, student work was displayed on recycled cardboard boxes and other recycled products. With the ongoing support of the 20th Century Club, the student artists of SISD are given the recognition and opportunity to display their work that they deserve.”
Anyone who is interested in donating to the Children’s Fine Arts benefit live or silent auction can contact Peggy Lowrie at 254-918-1635 or Elaine Smith at 254-967-5672.