More than 300 guests were ushered behind the red curtains at Windy Knoll in Round Top for “A Night at the Theater” themed gala benefiting the Fayetteville Community Center & Performance Theater project. 

In a taste of what’s to come, gala co-chairs Joan Herring and Wendy Burks treated the audience to plenty of champagne, dramatic performances from an acting troupe and the dulcet tones of the Texas A&M University String Quartet. All while the lucky attendees dined on catered meal prepared 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 item 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 would be complete without at least one antique. In this case, a mid-18th century flintlock pistol donated by Compound vendor Axe Antiques.

The event brought in more than $500,000, bringing total fundraising efforts thus far to $2 million for the Fayetteville Community Center & Performance Theater project. All proceeds will go toward the renovation and construction of an addition to the historic 1875-era E.J. Knesek Building in Fayetteville’s charming town square.

The planned 150 seat theater will include a catering kitchen and public rooms for meetings, community gatherings, conferences and special occasions. Construction on the multi-phase project is set to begin this fall. 

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