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Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation Founders’ Ball Set for Jan. 21


(L-R): Jackson Fulham, General Manager for Audi Sugar Land; Chip and Cindy Sutton, gala co-chairs; Gay and James A. Thompson, honorary co-chairs; Diana and John Null, Founders' Ball honorees.

(L-R): Jackson Fulham, General Manager for Audi Sugar Land; Chip and Cindy Sutton, gala co-chairs; Gay and James A. Thompson, honorary co-chairs; Diana and John Null, Founders’ Ball honorees.

“In High Gear” Theme Will Offer High-Octane Entertainment

Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation (SLCAF) and Audi Sugar Land, a Sewell Company, have announced the 2017 Founders’ Ball will be held at Safari Texas on Saturday, Jan. 21. This year’s theme is “In High Gear” and is guaranteed to be an evening of supersonic fun that will get your motor running. Collaborating on this year’s “high octane” entertainment are Roy Hamlin, former artistic director of TUTS, and musical director, John Cornelius. Together, Hamlin and Cornelius have created a Broadway-inspired musical performance that is sure to rev up the entire audience.

As Title Sponsor for the 2017 Founders’ Ball, Audi Sugar Land, a Sewell Company, recently celebrated the grand opening of its Audi Sugar Land dealership on Nov. 28. When asked why they chose to support SLCAF, Carl Sewell, Chairman of the Sewell Company said, “Sewell has a history of partnering with performing and cultural arts organizations throughout Texas, and is proud to contribute to and collaborate with the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation as we expand our footprint via our new dealership, Audi Sugar Land, to serve new communities in Fort Bend County.”

In addition to being the Title Sponsor for the Ball, Audi Sugar Land has donated an “Audi for All Seasons” package to the event’s live auction. The winning bidder of this performance-inspired auction item will get to experience each season in luxury with a new Audi every three months. This is the perfect package for the driver who loves the smell of new leather, but doesn’t want to commit to just one make or model.

The Honorable James A. and Gay Thompson are serving as honorary co-chairs for the Founders’ Ball, and the gala co-chairs are Cindy and Chip Sutton. Proceeds will benefit SLCAF’s goals, which include continued improvements to the Sugar Land Auditorium, the city’s oldest public space, and the continued support of the arts in Sugar Land.

This year’s gala honorees are John and Diana Null, whose involvement with the community began with their move to Fort Bend County in 1973. John became involved with the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce from its inception in the early ‘70s. He served as Chamber President in 1985 and was instrumental in saving and moving the historical Sugar Land Depot to its present location as the Fort Bend Chamber offices. Thus was the beginning of the Nulls’ efforts to preserve Sugar Land’s heritage.

John became a board member of the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation in its early days and served for many years. Diana, an interior designer, became involved with the Foundation during the early stages of renovation to the interior of the Sugar Land Auditorium. She used her design skills to help with color selection, finishing materials and window coverings for the auditorium and was a proponent for saving the original seating. When asked about their involvement with SLCAF, John said, “Sugar Land is a modern, vibrant city with a rich history. To maintain this legacy, it is vital to remember and cherish the past by preserving historical buildings, monuments and other important aspects of our heritage. The SLCAF and the Sugar Land Aud­itorium are major elements of the cultural enrichment of our city. We are honored and proud to be a part of this effort.”

Both John and Diana remain actively involved in the community through their fundraising and service. John is currently Chairman of the Board for the George Foundation and serves on the boards of both the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation and the ARC of Fort Bend Foundation. He is a past board member of the FBISD Foundation, the Quail Valley Exchange Club and the Fort Bend Boys Choir, where he served as President. Diana has continued to put her artistic talents to work for various fund­raising galas, the CASA Christmas Home Tour and the annual Jingle Tree event for the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land. She has also been involved with the Fort Bend Boys Choir, the Quail Valley Garden Club and the American Heart Association Guild. After more than four decades in the community, John and Diana are still working to maintain its legacy.

SLCAF continues to accept sponsorships for the 2017 Founders’ Ball at varying levels. Tables and individual tickets are also available for purchase.

For more information, call 281- 313-0752 or email farrah@wjwealth.com.


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