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Round Top Summer 2022

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ALL THE WORLD'S A By Candice Cowin. Additional reporting Catherine D. Anspon. Photography Johnny Than and Chris Pierre Bachman. M ore than 300 g u e s t s w e r e ushered behind the red curtains at Windy Knoll near Round Top for "A Night at the Theater" gala benefiting Fayetteville Community Center & Performance Theater. In a taste of what's to come, co-chairs Joan Herring and Wendy Burks treated the audience to champagne, dramatic performances, and the Texas A&M University String Quartet, as well as a seated dinner by Houston-based Ballroom at Bayou Place. Dinner segued into a lively auction that began with the sale of a glass of tap water, which earned a top bid of $1,500. The most coveted lot was a one-week stay at Casa de Las Brisas, a private Puerto Vallarta villa, which netted $50,000 in an even split between two bidders. And no Round Top-area auction is complete without at least one antique — in this case, a mid-18th-century flintlock pistol donated by Compound vendor Axe Antiques. The evening raised more than $500,000, bringing total fundraising efforts thus far to $2 million for this exciting performing arts nonprofit being designed by Heimsath Architects, Austin, with an anticipated budget of $5 million. All gala proceeds fund the renovation and transformation of the historic 1875-era E. J. Knesek Building in Fayetteville's charming town square. On the social stage: chair husbands Jerry Herring (he, theater board prez) and Cade Burks, Mary and Evan Quiros, Julie and Jason Alkire of Haus Alkire, Kirksey Gregg and Shane Calhoun-Gregg, Susan and David Lummis, Maryann Heimsath, Festival Hill's James Dick, Judge Joe Weber and wife Brenda Weber, Sally and Norman Reynolds, Denise and Sam Malone, Frank Hillbolt with Denise Jacobs, Lori and Kevin Dunne, Norelle and Brian Becker, Martha and John Dennis, Cheryl Mellenthin, Cathy and Ken Bauer, Page and Michael Moore, Leslie and David Ewers, Shannon and Les Sachanowicz, Cisco Pinedo, Maurishka Pinedo, Debbie and Ken Seifert, Kathy and Dale Young, Linda Plant, Susan Massey, Melissa and Lee Ellis with Elvira, Annette and Brant Edwards, Jessica and Glenn Turner, Kathy and Frank Johnston, Vicki and Fred Roberts, Gaylon Gullquist with Gary Thomas, Sissy and Mark Lappin, Ann and Peter Fluor, Laurie and John Lowery, Reenie and Kent Collins, Chris Hallman with Don Jones, Katrina and Mark Elvig, and Laurie and Scott West. STAGE FAYETTEVILLE COMMUNITY THEATER HITS HALF A MILLION HIGH NOTES. Katrina & Mark Elvig James Dick, Lamar Lentz Shay Calhoun-Gregg & Kirksey Gregg Kathy Young Melissa Roberts, Linda Plant Shannon Sachanowicz Leslie Ewers Cade Burks & co-chair Wendy Burks Co-chair Joan Herring & Jerry Herring Julie & Jason Alkire David & Susan Lummis R.D. Calloway, Joe Weber, Les Mallory Sally & Norman Reynolds Judy & Tom Hill Ma & Marla Hurley 24

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