Annual gala raises support for
The Library at Cedar Creek Lake
By Susan Harrison
Monitor Staff Writer
PINNACLE CLUB–A sunset sky reflected in the waters of Cedar
Creek Lake as seen from the Pinnacle Club, was the perfect
backdrop for Denim & Diamonds IV.
The annual fundraising gala benefiting The Library at Cedar
Creek Lake attracted 155 attendees, who mingled by the pool
under large tents Sept. 24.
Guests were generous as usual in raising more than $50,000 from
18 live auction items, alone and an undisclosed amount from
ticket sales, sponsorships, 112 silent auction items and several
Artist Mark Weiss waits for the right moment to present Gloria
Campos with his metal horse sculpture as a thank you gift for
hosting the evening's festivities.
Event co-chairman Steve Webster reported that 155 tickets were
sold at $130 each. Many purchasers were eager to spend an
evening with mistress of ceremonies Gloria Campos, a WFAA
Channel 8 nightly news caster and Cedar Creek Lake weekender.
“It went well – a success! It seemed like everyone had fun and I
had fun,” said library director Sondra Price at the conclusion
of the fundraiser.
The event started with drinks and appetizers while attendees
studied more than a hundred silent auction items and made their
bids at 7 p.m. when a buffet dinner service began.
Fundraising also included games involving a money jar, heads and
tails toss and football squares.
Caricature artist Michael Gillespie entertained by sketching
heads of those attending.
Music selected by Dino “Danger” Perelli set the upbeat ambiance,
including a variety of popular easy-listening tunes and dance
The al fresco menu included tossed salad, garlic bread, steamed
green beans and carrots, sliced potatoes, beef steaks or brisket
and cake for dessert, along with a variety of wines and beers.
“This event is very special to me because my grandmother was
illiterate,” Campos told the gathering. “So anything that raises
money for a library is a good thing,” Campos added.
Derrek Holland presented Campos with a metal horse sculpture by
artist Mark Weiss in appreciation for Campos hosting the event.
Auctioneer Les Miles led the live auction which raised over
$50,000 for the library.
Among the 18 auction items were trips to London, Washington,
D.C., Hawaii, Sonoma Valley, Calif., Disney World, Texas Motor
Speedway and Beaver Creek.
Also, a portrait session, outdoor furniture set from Solar
Screen & Sun Control Products, limousine ride, wine tastings and
dinners, a signed football, 2007 Cadillac Escalade, local villa
stay and a keg and food party for 40 at Cedar Isle Restaurant
were purchased by the highest bidder.
The library is overseen by a board of directors, including
president Dale Molander, vice president Lew Talbot, treasurer
Gilbert W. Betts, secretary Ed Creel, Al Conant, Nan Creel, John
Dees, Jr., Derek Holland, Carol Lynn, Fran Sonka, Larry Spiegel,
Jim Taylor and Steve Webster.
Denim & Diamonds IV committee chairs included Steve Webster,
advertising Christy and Larry Spiegel, games Lew Talbot,
decorations Carol Lynn, auction donations Nan and Ed Creel,
registration and checkout Sue Brown and Gil Betts.
Sponsors included Jim Taylor, public relations Elian Haan,
character artist Barbara Webster, security Gun Barrel City
police, auctioneer Les Miles, photography Jamye Perelli and
set-up Derek Holland.
Sponsors at the six-carat level were Sun Commercial Roofs;
five-carat level Johnette and Gilbert Betts, PrimaData Inc. and
Triple N Ranch; four-carat level Nan and Ed Creel and Christy
and Larry Spiegel.
Also, three-carat level sponsors are Charli & Company and Gun
Barrel City Economic Development Corporation.
At the two carat level were AAA Storage, Sue Brown, John Dees,
Jr., First State Bank of Athens, Derek and Misty Holland, Dr.
Mark and Kathy Hughes, McDonald’s of Gun Barrel City, Henderson
County Judge Richard Sanders and wife Kathy, Stoneleaf
One-carat level sponsors include Mary and Raymond Adams, Nell
and Ivan Alspaw, Better Body Basics, Cedar Creek Pharmacy,
Theresa P. Cryer, CPA, Grayhawk Companies, Ann and Bob Hays,
Hobbs Pest Management.
And, Lakeside Animal Clinic, John R. Loar, DDS and Associates,
Sandy and Dale Molander, Moore Insurance Agency, Lorene and
Robert O’Neil, Southside Bank, Trinity Valley Electric
Cooperative and Suzanne and Walter Weaver.
“Each year, The Library at Cedar Creek Lake seeks operating
funds from a variety of sources in order to meet its often
overwhelming expense requirements. Denim & Diamonds has become
the library’s primary annual fundraising event. Thank you for
participating,” director Sondra Price said.
“We happily support the library by being members of the ‘Best
Friends of the Library;’ by making a monthly, automatic donation
through the ‘Support the Library Campaign;’ by making periodic
donations to the ‘Endowment Fund,’ and by volunteering to help
with library events. Why not join the fun?” library board
treasurer Gil Betts said.
Library staff members include director Price, librarian Jean
Dirks, youth services librarian Melissa Newland and reference
librarian Nina Tarver.
The Library at Cedar Creek Lake is located at 400 N. Cedar Creek
Parkway in Seven Points and can be reached by calling (903)