Library Fundraiser Dinner

An Evening of Great COnversation

March 9, 2023

6 pm - Cocktail Reception

7 pm - Dinner

Celebrate the intellectual heart of Texas Christian University.

The Mary Couts Burnett Library hosts its major fundraiser dinner event every other year in March. This event celebrates the intellectual heart of TCU and raises funds dedicated to expanding Special Collections with new acquisitions of historical material. Attendees dine at tables with distinguished Horned Frogs and conversationalists during an evening filled with fine dining and memorable repartee.

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Guests, table hosts, and tables at the 2019 dinner.

Table Hosts

Carolina Alvarez-Mathies, Executive Director<br>Dallas Contemporary
Carolina Alvarez-Mathies
Executive Director
Dallas Contemporary
Eric Bell, Head Coach, Women's Soccer<br>TCU
Eric Bell
Head Coach, Women's Soccer
Krys Boyd, Host and Managing Editor<br><em>Think</em>, KERA
Krys Boyd
Host and Managing Editor
Think, KERA
Julie Butner, President & Chief Executive Officer<br>Tarrant Area Food Bank
Julie Butner
President & Chief Executive Officer
Tarrant Area Food Bank
Bill and Pam Campbell, Founders<br>William Campbell Contemporary Art
Bill and Pam Campbell
William Campbell Contemporary Art
Sonny Dykes, Head Football Coach<br>TCU
Sonny Dykes
Head Football Coach
Marc Istook, Anchor<br><em>Daybreak</em>, WFAA
Marc Istook
Daybreak, WFAA
Bob Jameson, President and CEO<br>Visit Fort Worth
Bob Jameson
President and CEO
Visit Fort Worth
Opal Lee, Grandmother of Juneteenth<br>National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
Opal Lee
Grandmother of Juneteenth
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
Dave Lieber, Columnist<br>"The Watchdog",<em>The Dallas Morning News</em>
Dave Lieber
"The Watchdog",The Dallas Morning News
Jacques Marquis , President and CEO<br>The Cliburn
Jacques Marquis
President and CEO
The Cliburn
Eric Nelsen, Actor and Producer<br>Recently Portrayed "Ennis" in <em>1883</em>
Eric Nelsen
Actor and Producer
Recently Portrayed "Ennis" in 1883
Patrick Newman, CEO and President<br>Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Patrick Newman
CEO and President
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
James Riddlesperger, Jr., Professor of Political Science<br>TCU
James Riddlesperger, Jr.
Professor of Political Science
Kirk Saarloos, Head Baseball Coach<br>TCU
Kirk Saarloos
Head Baseball Coach


Thank you to our sponsors for their support!


Molly and Rusty Reid

Higginbotham Logo

McDonald Sanders

McDonald Sanders Logo

Kate and Craig Barbolla


Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine at Texas Christian University

Holly and Michael Cimo


Jeannie and Kenneth Huffman

Janet Quisenberry

It Was An Evening of Great Conversation

Guests gathered to enjoy an evening like no other — one where they didn't have to be quiet in the library. This event brought together distinguished Horned Frogs and library supporters to celebrate the intellectual heart of Texas Christian University — the Mary Couts Burnett Library — and to help raise funds dedicated to expanding TCU's Special Collections with new acquisitions of historical importance. Attendees were treated to a fun evening of visiting with old and new friends, learning about our table hosts and enjoying a wonderful meal.

This year's focus for "An Evening of Great Conversation" was all about highlighting the importance of providing powerful and creative research and learning opportunities for our faculty and students with rare and unique primary source materials found in Special Collections.

Featured guests included:

Carolina Alvarez-Mathies — Executive Director, Dallas Contemporary
Eric Bell — TCU Head Women's Soccer Coach
Krys Boyd — KERA Host & Managing Editor, Think
Julie Butner — President/CEO, Tarrant Area Food Bank
Pam and Bill Campbell — Founders, William Campbell Contemporary Art
Sonny Dykes — TCU Head Football Coach
Mark Istook — Anchor, Daybreak, WFAA
Bob Jameson — President/CEO, Visit Fort Worth
Opal Lee — Grandmother of Juneteenth, National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
Dave Lieber — Columnist, "The Watchdog," The Dallas Morning News
Jacques Marquis — CEO/President, The Cliburn
Eric Nelsen — Actor and Producer, Recently Portrayed "Ennis" in 1883
Patrick Newman — CEO/President, Botanical Research Institute of Texas
James Riddlesperger, Jr. — Professor of Political Science, TCU
Kirk Saarloos — TCU Head Baseball Coach

We are very appreciative of our sponsors. With their help, we made tremendous progress toward our fundraising goal. A special thank you to our Scholar level sponsor Molly and Rusty Reid from Higginbotham Insurance and Financial Services and McDonald Sanders Law Firm for supporting us at the Donor level.

Thank you to our special guests and attendees for their dedication in helping grow the library's rare book and archival collections to a higher level of excellence, and for creating conversations for years to come!

Photo Gallery

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Explore how the Mary Couts Burnett Library is central to learning and life at TCU.
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An open 17th century book, showing a music score and an illustration
The 17th century Mixson-Colquitt Gradual, part of
the Rare Books Collection in Special Collections
Three students with laptops sitting in front of the Bistro Burnett sign.
Students studying in Bistro Burnett.
Exhibit cases. with objects, photos and text.
Exhibit showcasing collections and
TCU history holdings in Special Collections
Students sitting on steps, posign with the TCU Frog symbol.
Students on the Library front steps at
the kickoff to the 2018-2019 school year.
Two men sitting on interior Library steps.
Dr. Frederick Gooding & graduate assistant Marcellis
Perkins, leaders of the Race & Reconciliation Initiative,
on the Library's Knowledge is Power steps.
A Torah scroll partially open on a table.
Early 20th century Sephardic Torah, part of
the Otto Lehman Collection in Special Collections
Plaza on a sunny day, with students at tables. Two students are walking and smiling at the camera.
Students enjoying the plaza between the
Mary Couts Burnett Library and Rees-Jones Hall.
Studetns sitting on interior Library steps, talking to each other.
Student discussions on the Knowledge is Power
steps in the Library.
A student touching a large touchscreen on the wall.
Learning about water via the
Library's interactive display.
A student in cap and gown standing on the exterior Library steps.
A graduating senior on the Library steps.
The TCU Library after rain, with a rainbow above it.