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Annual Grace Museum Gala to Honor Kathy and Jim Webster on August 28

Kathy and Jim Webster, who have called Abilene home for more than 40 years, will be honored at The Grace Museum’s 2010 Fall Benefit on Aug. 28.

On Wednesday, Grace Museum Development Director Celia Gesting reported tickets to the museum’s annual gala were selling quickly, with many tables sold even before invitations to the event had been mailed.

“Interest in this year’s Fall Benefit is high, thanks in no small part to the wonderful couple being honored,” said Dr. Francine Carraro, the museum’s executive director. “The community is eager to show their support for the Websters with this event, our largest fundraiser of the year.”

Excerpted from The Grace Museum’s invitation to the event:

Kathy became a real estate broker and was the owner of Kathy Webster Realtors from 1985 to 2000. She served as director of the West Texas Municipal Water District, director of the Community Foundation of Abilene, president of the Abilene Board of Realtors, and president of the Taylor-Jones-Haskell Medical Society Alliance. In addition, she has been affiliated with AARP, Brazos G Regional Water Planning Group and the Abilene Airport Development Board. In 1977, Kathy was elected to the Abilene City Council, and she also served as mayor pro-tem in 1980 and 1983.

Jim has served on the Board of Directors of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce since 1974, and has been actively involved as a member of the Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee since 1996—a committee he currently chairs. Jim has also taken on active roles with the Abilene Industrial Foundation, Hendrick Medical Center Foundation, Chisholm Trail Council Boy Scouts of America, Abilene Arts Alliance and The Grace Museum. Today he also continues to practice medicine in his retirement as a volunteer at Medical Care Mission.

The Grace Museum has created a website for the event at, which includes a full schedule of the evening’s events, more information about the Websters, an up-to-date listing of silent auction items available for bidding during the gala, and ticket information.

Tickets may be purchased by calling Celia Gesting at (325) 673-4587. Guests are asked to reserve their places by Aug. 19.

The Grace Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and houses a children’s museum, history museum, and art museum. At 55,000 square feet, The Grace Museum is the tenth largest general museum in Texas, and is the cornerstone of cultural arts and education in West Texas. The museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Grace Museum is a non-profit organization, and the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs are supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, the City of Abilene, Taylor County, and the Downtown Revitalization Program of the Tax Increment Finance District.

The Grace Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday. Admission is free Thursday evening after 5 p.m.

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