Saturday
November 2, 2019

6 p.m.

ACC Highland
Building 4000

2nd Annual Boots & Bats Gala

Improving lives through education

Join us for a very special evening supporting student scholarships on November 2, 2019, at ACC Highland. The Boots and Bats Gala is a celebration of art, entertainment, and opportunities to improve lives. Your support benefits 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 live and silent auction, and a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres designed and prepared by ACC Culinary Arts students.

Co-Chairs: Dr. Aileen Bumphus, Ph.D. & Texas State Senator Kirk Watson

Date:  Saturday, November 2, 2019

Time:  6 p.m.

Location:  ACC Highland, Building 4000

Directions:  Get directions

Tickets:  Purchase a ticket

Become a Sponsor: Every dollar raised through the Boots & 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. Scroll down for more information and to become a sponsor.

Special Rates

NOTE: You will need to manually enter the dates of arrival (11/01) and check out (11/03) to receive the special Boots & Bats Gala discount.

Silent Auction: Early bidding Monday, October 23 – Thursday, October 31

Live Auction: Saturday, November 2

Entertainment: The Sunset Valley Sentimental Family Band

Auction Items

Start bidding today! The 2019 Boots & Bats Gala features a live and silent auction with hundreds of rare, collectible, and unique art, clothing, and experience packages. Every dollar raised supports student scholarships.
The silent auction is now open. Don’t risk losing to another bidder — “Buy It Now.” This special feature closes Thursday, October 31, at 11:59 pm. Check-out will occur at the gala Saturday, November 2. All purchases on this day will be tax-free.

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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.

Contact

Esther Sonen Yun, 512-223-7613, esonen@austincc.edu
Pam Sutton, 512-223-7598, psutton@austincc.edu

Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Platinum


Gold


Silver


Bronze

  • Michelle Raymond
  • Mike & Pete Mankins

Friend

  • Chastain Partners & Long View Equity
  • Guillermo & Cassandra Martinez
  • Hector Aguilar
  • Jack Roberts
  • Jacob & Virginia Fraire
  • Larry Connelly
  • Marsh McLennan
  • MAXTAB, Inc.
  • Shirley & John Gilbert
  • Soon Merz Flynn
  • State Representative Richard Raymond
  • Todd-Harris Family

In-Kind

Entertainment

The Sunset Valley Sentimental Family Band is a multi-generational, good-times country group from South Austin specializing in a repertoire of classic honky-tonk favorites. From the high-lonesome sin of Hank Williams & George Jones to the heart and heartbreak of Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells, The Sunset Valley Sentimental Family Band keeps alive the tradition of the old country greats.

Boots & Bats Co-Chairs

Aileen Bumphus, Ph.D.

Aileen Bumphus, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President, Clinical Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Austin

With more than three decades of service, Dr. Aileen Bumphus has established unprecedented leadership in education. Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Bumphus has remained committed to empowering students personally, academically and professionally.

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Kirk Watson

Kirk Watson

Texas State Senator

Kirk Watson is former mayor of Austin, Texas, and was described by Texas Monthly Biz magazine as “a man with a vision of what the community wants and the moxie to carry it out.”  First elected to the Texas Senate in 2006, Senator Watson and has been reelected four times. He represents most of Travis County and all of Bastrop County.

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Boots & Bats Hosts

ACC Board of Trustees


  • Ms. Gigi Edwards Bryant, Chair
  • Mr. Mark J. Williams, Vice Chair
  • Dr. Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Secretary
  • Dr. Nan McRaven
  • Mr. Sean Hassan
  • Ms. Nicole Eversmann
  • Dr. Barbara P. Mink
  • Ms. Stephanie Ann Ghrakhanian
  • Ms. 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