It’s never too early to start thinking of the holiday season and An Artists’ Christmas Gala Co-Chairs Linda and Jake Jacobson have already locked down plans for Fort Worth’s annual Camp Fire First Texas fundraiser on Friday, November 19, at Fort Worth Convention Center. But they’ve added a new touch to this year’s event.
For almost 20 years the gala has been known for its silent auction of artwork by local and regional talent. The Jacobsons have added a guest speaker and it’s gonna be a touchdown. The speaker will be philanthropist/businessman, Pro Football Hall of Famer/three-time Super Bowl champ/former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith.
According to Camp Fire First Texas President/CEO Lauren Richard, “Welcoming a speaker the caliber of Emmitt Smith to this year’s event is a celebratory way to reintroduce our annual gala to the community after going virtual in 2020. It also allows Camp Fire to expand the interest beyond art patrons. At the heart of An Artists’ Christmas is the desire to inspire our community with our vision so thoroughly that they carry it beyond the event walls, beyond this one night, and become lifelong fans of the organization and what we are accomplishing each day.”
Emmitt plans to “share inspired and practical lessons learned throughout his life that helped him along his career path.” And what a career he has had!
But Emmitt’s being part of the evening will not diminish the importance of the art that has been the cornerstone for the event’s providing nearly $5M for Camp Fire programs since 1984.
As Linda and Jake said, “It is so vital that while we re-imagined this year’s event, we also showcased the art collection that truly differentiates this event from any others in the community. The committee is still in the process of accepting art for consideration for this year’s juried art exhibit and silent auction but are encouraged by the prospective art submissions. We are beyond blessed to have such talented artists in our community who consistently show up with their support for the event and the youth served.”
Joining the Jacobsons as honorary co-chairs will be longtime Camp Fire First Texas supporters Evalis and Jay Chapa, who explained, “Our lives have been intertwined with Camp Fire First Texas for almost 20 years. Not only supporting the organization as volunteers and donors, but also personally as parents. Our daughter attended Camp Fire First Texas camps and programs. When you see first-hand the influence a strong program has on your child, it is easy to support it for life. We are thrilled about the fresh direction of this year’s event.”
Proceeds from the gala will benefit Camp Fire First Texas’ mission to “provide out-of-school time and outdoor learning programs for children and youth while also offering workforce development programs for early childhood educators in North Texas communities.”
Sponsorships are available now ranging from $1,500 to $40,000.
* Graphic/photo courtesy of Camp Fire First Texas