At its beneficiary and theme announcement party at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden on Thursday, Black Tie Dinner Co-chair Ken Morris said he thinks the group set a new record: More than 300 raffle tickets for a new Mercedes were sold, making this the earliest in the season so many tickets for the car had been sold.
Before the final drawing on the night of Black Tie Dinner, 20 tickets will be drawn and the winner will be selected from those finalists. The first ticket was drawn Thursday night from those first 300 tickets sold. Michael Robertson holds that ticket that was sold by Northaven United Methodist Church, one of the beneficiaries.
The car was donated by Park Place Motors.
Black Tie will participate in FashionProject.com to raise additional funds.
“Donate gently used designer clothes, select Black Tie Dinner,” Co-chair Debra Davis explained, “They send a pre-paid shipping bag. When the item sells, Black Tie gets 55 percent of the proceeds and after five donations, you get a $40 Nordstrom gift card.”
Davis and Morris also announced Throwback Thursday. Post old Black Tie photos and videos to the group’s Facebook page. The best will be shown at the Nov. 15 dinner.
In addition to announcing the event’s theme — Forward — Morris and Davis introduced Greg Cave whose Turtle Creek Solutions donated $100,000 to become the presenting sponsor of this year’s Black Tie Dinner.