an artists christmas

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Friday, November 19, 2021
Fort Worth Convention Center Ballroom
1201 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

5:30 p.m. Private VIP Reception with Emmitt Smith
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Silent Art Auction
7:15 p.m. Seated Dinner and Program

Relaxed Formal Attire

Keynote • Emmitt Smith
Honor Chairs • Evalis and Jay Chapa
Event Chairs • Linda and Jake Jacobson
Emcee • Deborah Ferguson, NBC 5
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Participating Artists

Tickets are no longer available for online purchase. If you wish to attend, please call Tamara Clement at 817-831-2111 ext. 161.

Emmitt Smith Head Shot

Emmitt Smith, keynote

Art lovers and Camp Fire supporters gather together for the 37th anniversary of An Artists’ Christmas this year starring three-time Super Bowl champion, Pro Football Hall of Famer, author and philanthropist Emmitt Smith. Patrons will socialize, expand their collection of original art, enjoy a seated gourmet dinner and bid on exotic live auction experiences at the elegant Fort Worth Convention Center Ballroom in support of the children of our community.

Camp Fire will continue to honor the tradition of offering original art in the silent auction by our extraordinary North Texas artists’ community, whose contributions have helped raise nearly $5 million for North Texas children and youth.

This year’s event features never-before-offered sponsor experiences! A private VIP Reception with Emmitt Smith complete with photo opportunities, dinner with Emmitt and guests for the Keynote Sponsor, local celebrity table host for the Gala Sponsor, complimentary valet, and a sponsor auction with exclusive packages from Emmitt Smith are just a few of the exciting experiences for sponsors.

At Camp Fire First Texas, we envision a community where every child has equitable access to the quality learning opportunities they need to succeed and thrive in a rapidly changing world. We invite you to share the evening with us by sponsoring Camp Fire An Artists’ Christmas: An Evening with Emmitt Smith. Purchase your table or tickets today.

Online Bidding Now Open

See the amazing list of participating artists, online auction ends November 19 at 9p.m.

Casa Castillo pool view
  • Autographed Emmitt Smith Helmet
  • Night on the Town for a Year
  • Dickies Arena Rodeo & Concert
  • TCU Football Legends Suite on the 45 Yard Line
  • Dinner For 10 in Your Home with Chef Juan Rodriguez
  • Napa Getaway for Two
  • 7 Night Mexican Luxury Vacation Home Getaway
  • Argentinian Dove Hunt for 4
See the Live Auction package details

Packages will be auctioned live at the gala on Nov. 19.

  • Autographed Emmitt Smith Football
  • Weekend at Lake Hamilton, Arkansas
  • Arts and Culture Package
  • Rod Stewart in Concert
  • Health and Beauty Package
  • Van Cliburn International Piano Competition & Dinner at Waters
  • Sports and Suds
See the Big Board package details

Packages will be auctioned at the gala on Nov. 19.

Purchase Raffle Tickets

$25 for 1 chance / $100 for 5 chances

Need not be present to win, restrictions apply. Drawing held Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

Questions? Contact us at or 817.831.2111, ext. 161

As we welcome you back to in-person events at Camp Fire First Texas, we will follow CDC guidelines to help protect against COVID-19. We strongly recommend the wearing of masks while in buildings regardless of vaccination status. Please maintain social distancing. If you have a fever or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please remain home and avoid public events or gatherings.

Committee Members

Evalis and Jay Chapa headshot
Honor Chairs • Evalis and Jay Chapa
Linda and Jake Jacobson headshot
Event Chairs • Linda and Jake Jacobson

Terri Hollander
Donna James-Harvey
Dr. Kellye Kirkpatrick
Erma Lee
Letha Maldonado
Lisa Mares
Lauren McDonald
Aileen Milton
Carley Moore
Amanda Plotnicki
Trudy Sanders
Bridget Shelton
Stephanie Sullivent
Lynda Tiedtke
Drenda Witt
John Witt

An Artists Christmas Art

Art Judges

Claire Barry, Director of Conservation- Retired, Kimbell Art  Museum 

Pam Campbell, Accredited Fine Art Appraiser and past Co-owner of William Campbell Contemporary Art

Jodie Utter, Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper, Amon Carter Museum of American Art 

2021 Sponsors

2021 Sponsorship and Underwriting Opportunities
Keynote Sponsor

Anne and Orlando Carvalho

Gala Sponsors

Anne T. and Robert M. Bass
Linda and Drew Springer

Experience Sponsor

Drenda and John Witt

VIP Reception Sponsor
bank of texas logo
Bidding Sponsor
Artists Sponsor
vincent genovese memorial foundation logo
Valet Sponsor
HUB Retirement and Wealth Management
Platinum Table Sponsor

The Virginia Hobbs Charitable Trust

Gold Table Sponsor

Ben E. Keith Company | BKD CPAs and Advisors | Evalis and Jay Chapa | Linda and Jake Jacobson | Thomas and Donna James-Harvey | Higginbotham Insurance | JP Morgan Private Bank | Kelly Hart | Mary Potishman Lard Charitable Trust | Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation | Tarrant Regional Water District | Don and Irene Wills 

Table of 8

Axcelora | Kim and David Berzina BSCO, Inc. | Empire Texas Equities | Freese and Nichols | IDEA Tarrant County | Erma Lee |  Luther King Capital Management | La Familia Mares  |  Carley J. Moore | Melissa and Rick Muller | Radiology Associates | Rogers Wealth Group, Inc. | Tarrant County College | Texas Christian University | Kay West/Brooke and Doug White

Star Guests

Marsha Clark & Associates | Valerie and Michael Mallick 

Media Sponsors
95.9 the ranch logo
92.1 hank fm logo
Fort Worth Magazine logo
AV Sponsor
Athans Audio Visual Logo