November 10, 2018

6 p.m.

ACC Highland
Building 4000

Boots & Bats Gala

A unique celebration of art, entertainment, and opportunity supporting student scholarships.


 Bidding open until Friday, December 14 at noon.

Date:  Saturday, November 10, 2018

Time:  6 p.m.

Location:  ACC Highland, Building 4000

Directions:  Get directions

Entertainment:  Akina Adderley — scroll down for more information

Scroll down for sponsor information.

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We invite you to join us for a very special experience on November 10, 2018, at ACC Highland. The Boots and Bats Gala is a unique celebration of art, entertainment, and opportunities to improve lives. Your support will benefit the ACC Foundation student scholarship fund and the Art Has Heart Foundation to help local students and AHH recipients achieve their academic dreams.

This exclusive event, in partnership with renowned Southwest artist Amado Peña’s Art Has Heart Foundation, features live music, a celebrity live art auction, silent auction, and delicacies designed and prepared by ACC Culinary Arts students.


Bidding open until Friday, December 14 at noon.

Here is a partial listing of both live and silent auction items available for the 2018 Boots & Bats Gala.   To begin bidding or to view all auction items, visit the auction site.


Akina Adderley  | Vocalist, Songwriter, Conductor, Educator

Nicknamed “the little woman with the big voice,” Akina Adderley is a vocalist, songwriter, bandleader, conductor, and educator based in Austin, Texas. Her music crosses genre boundaries effortlessly, always moving you with her infectious grooves, incisive lyrics, and what the Austin American Statesman calls her “rich, emotive pipes.”

Akina has performed all over Austin at venues as massive as ACL Live and Stubb’s and as intimate as Cactus Cafe, and has been equally comfortable sharing a set at a little landmark club or busting out a ferociously vibrant show in front of a crowd of thousands. Akina has made Austin her musical home, but she has taken her music all over the country and has shared bills with Booker T., Kyle Turner, Budos Band, Bob Schneider, Gary Clark, Jr., Alejandro Escovedo, Pinetop Perkins, Carolyn Wonderland, and Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and she has sung backing vocals on the albums of Charlie Mars and Gregg Rolie (of Santana and Journey). As a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Black Fret grant, representing Austin music in Adelaide, Australia with The House of Songs in 2017, and having been honored in 2012 by the mayoral proclamation of Akina Adderley Day in Austin, Akina has enjoyed great local success and support.


Painting with Peña

Renowned Southwest artist Amado Peña is the president and co-founder of the Art Has Heart Foundation, which partners with organizations to improve educational opportunities.

This September, Peña and ACC hosted a group of celebrities at ACC Highland for an evening of Painting with Peña. Each celebrity received a custom ceramic boot and one-on-one guidance from Peña to create their own unique design. Each boot will be sold at auction during the Boots & Bats Gala on November 10.

Who We Are

Austin Community College opened its doors in 1973 to 1,726 students. Today, more than 80,000 students turn to ACC each year to improve their lives and communities through higher education and career training at what is a valued regional institution.  Proceeds from Boots & Bats will benefit student scholarships through the ACC Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization.

The Art Has Heart Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization, incorporated in Texas in 1994 with a mission to raise the consciousness of the art community by promoting education and access to it through the work of artists and the public who support them.

Become a Sponsor

Every dollar raised through the Boots and Bats Gala directly benefits ACC students and AHH recipients. When you invest as a sponsor, you join other supporters, alumni, and community members who are transforming lives through education. It is our sincere hope that you will partner with us by giving thoughtful consideration of being an esteemed sponsor of this event.





Other Sponsors
  • Harmony Edwards


Other Sponsors
  • Michael Mankins


Other Sponsors
  • Charles Cook
  • Margarita Escudero
  • Soon Flynn
  • Virginia Fraire
  • Shirley Gilbert
  • Liverman Family
  • Tony Ritter
  • Marcia & Barry Silverberg
Other Sponsors
  • Robert & Jodi Duron
  • Murray-Miller & Caricari
  • Mike & Alyson Perrine
  • Green Group Holdings
  • Round Rock El Amistad Club
  • Susan Dawson & Ken Mannas

In-Kind Sponsors

Other Sponsors
  • Victoria Piñeda


Roy Spence | Co-founder/Chairman, GSD&M and Co-founder/CEO, The Purpose Institute

Roy Spence is Co-Founder and Chairman of GSD&M, a leading marketing communications and advertising company. He is also Co-Founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute, a consulting firm that helps people and organizations discover and live their purpose. Along with Haley Rushing, Roy co-authored the Wall Street Journal bestselling book, “It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For: Why Every Extraordinary Business is Driven by Purpose.” And, most recently he authored “The 10 Essential Hugs of life,” a collection of heartwarming reminders about the need for gratitude, love and goodness.

Under Roy’s leadership, his agency has helped grow some of the world’s most successful brands like “Don’t Mess with Texas,” Southwest Airlines, Wal-Mart, DreamWorks, the PGA TOUR, BMW, the U.S. Air Force, L.L.Bean and the Clinton Foundation.

Roy has received a lifetime achievement award from the Austin Advertising Federation and was named Adman of the Century by Texas Monthly magazine. He was inducted into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame in 2012.

Roy is also a Gallup Senior Adviser. In addition, Roy is a marketing and communications advisor of the National Advisory Council for the Trust for the National Mall. Roy is a member of the board of directors of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and the recently formed Markle Initiative for America’s Economic Future in a Networked World initiative. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin.

Sara Hickman | Artist/Musician

Sara Hickman has garnered recognition as a captivating singer/songwriter, vocalist and musician, with artists such as Shawn Colvin, the Flatlanders, Robert Earl Keen, Willie Nelson and many others covering her songs. As Rolling Stone puts it, “Tuneful, clever and carefully observed, Sara Hickman’s material has all the strengths expected of a contemporary Texas songwriter, plus one more – whimsy.”

Hickman’s home state of Texas loves her too, naming her the 2010-2011 “Official State Musician of Texas,” joining luminaries such as Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. A guest performer on at least 25 albums by other recording artists, Hickman has toured with Billy Bragg, Dan Fogelberg and Nanci Griffith, and has opened for other artists including the Decemberists, John Hiatt and Lucinda Williams. She has also appeared in and sung on national ad campaigns for Walmart, Popeye’s, Daisy Sour Cream, Southwest Airlines, Fannie Mae and numerous others.

Boots & Bats Hosts

ACC Board of Trustees

  • Dr. Barbara P. Mink, Chair
  • Gigi Edwards Bryant, Vice Chair
  • Mark J. Williams, Secretary
  • Dr. Nora de Hoyos Comstock
  • Nicole Eversmann
  • Sean Hassan
  • Dr. Betty W. Hwang
  • Dr. Nan McRaven
  • Julie Ann Nitsch
ACC Foundation Board

  • James P. Koerner, Chair
  • Sherrard (Butch) Hayes, Chair Elect
  • Mike Shaw, Past Chair
  • Dr. William F. Lasher, Treasurer
  • Kannan Kaliyur, Secretary
  • Kirby Baird
  • Sylvia Blanco
  • Alex Brown
  • Dr. Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Ex-Officio
  • Sheila Fata
  • Jimmy L. Ferguson
  • MaShon Fielder
  • David Glass
  • Greg Hartman
  • Sean Hassan, Ex-Officio
  • John Hernandez
  • Corby Jastrow
  • Gita Lal
  • David Mahn
  • Jeannette Peten
  • Dr. Richard M. Rhodes
  • Dr. John E. Roueche
  • Rebecca Taylor
  • Hemi Thaker
  • John Thornborrow
  • Megan Wanek
  • Cassandra G. Wiggins
Art Has Heart Foundation Board

  • Amado M. Peña, Jr., President
  • J.B. Peña, Vice President
  • Juanita Alba, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Bob Arguelles
  • Lisa Bear Goldman
  • Shirley Gilbert
  • Helen Hall
  • Carolyn Montgomery
  • Kim Williams
  • Diana Wyocki

Host Committee

  • Amado Peña
  • Dr. Richard Rhodes
  • Selina Aguirre
  • Dahlia Anzaldua-Torres
  • Fayruz Benyousef
  • Chris Cervini
  • MaryAnn Cicala
  • Stephanie Diina-Dempsey
  • Dori Flores
  • Shirley Gilbert
  • Megan Helmbrecht
  • Travis Jackson
  • Sharrion Jenkins
  • Carol Johnson
  • Brette Lea
  • Wayne Maines
  • Molly Beth Malcolm
  • Polly Monear
  • Linda Morrison
  • Thomas Nevill
  • Pam Owens
  • J.B. Peña
  • Esther Sonen
  • Pamela Sutton
  • Jessica Vess