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Caftans & Casseroles

​Marfa Live Arts Benefit Picnic

with performance by La Banda

Monday, July 4, 2016


home of Sabrina Franzheim


Marfa Live Arts invites you and your friends to spend your Independence Day afternoon with us before heading out for fireworks. On Monday, July 4, 2016 we will host our first Benefit Picnic. The theme is Caftans & Casseroles and guests are invited to lounge by the pool at the home of Sabrina Franzheim in their very best Nomad chic attire while enjoying food by Ranch 616, Black Iron BBQ by Texas BBQ Pitmasters Will Fleischman and Eric Perry, and spirits by Pura Vida Tequila. The evening will conclude with a lively performance by La Banda, a student assemble that debuted at the end of our music summer camp in June under the guidance of their music teachers Juan Tarango Martinez, Manuela Martinez, David Beebe, and Primo Carrasco.


The funds raised from this event will provide essential support for our future programs. In 2014 the Marfa Live Arts board mandated that all public programs be presented without admission fees and all programs for the public schools are free to both Marfa Independent School District and their students. Without the financial support from our loyal and new enthusiasts, like you we won’t be able to keep doing what we do. Your support for Marfa Live Arts matters and helps us bring new and important arts and education initiatives to West Texas. Marfa Live Arts distinguishes itself by focusing on both live performing arts events and innovative education programs, placing equal priority on both aspects. We have a long history of hosting local, national, and international artists in performance, and we give filmmaking, songwriting, playwriting, and theater workshops in the public schools in collaboration with Marfa ISD. Marfa Live Arts also donated violins, accordions, a cello, and an assortment of percussion instruments to the schools through our instrument donation program.


Our organization strives to be inclusive, so in that spirit, we are keeping ticket prices for our Benefit Picnic nominal (with special pricing for locals) as well as encouraging patrons, especially those of you out of town and not able to attend, to sponsor seats or an entire table for our artists, students, parents, and the educators we work with at Marfa ISD.



    Table for ten: $1,000 (with recognition as event underwriter)

    Sponsor a Table for 10 for artists/educators/students: $1,000

    Individual ticket: $75

    Sponsor a seat for artist/educator/student: $75

    Locals ticket: $50 (Limited Supply)


Download the Caftan & Casseroles Picnic Donation Form and support Marfa Live Arts Today!

This fundraising event would not be possible without the incredible efforts, tremendous generosity, and in-kind donations from Sabrina Franzheim, Kevin Williamson of Ranch 616, Stewart Skloss of Pura Vida Tequilla, Lisa Oldham of Full Sleeve Communications, Emily Keeton, Linda & Don Shafer, Juan Tarango Martinez, and Lizzy Wetzel of Magic Hour Marfa. Illustrations by Adeline Schowengerdt. Special thanks to Jessica Allen, Julie Bernal, Tim Crowley, Robert Saltonstall, Dan Shiman, Cory Van Dyke, and Sarah Vasquez.

EVENT UNDERWRITERS: Virginia Lebermann & Rocky Barnette, Janie & Dick DeGuerin, Shelley & Harry Hudson, Tom Jacobs & Vilis Inde, and Chris Lyons.


DONORS: Jeff Beauchamp, David Beebe, Rachel Beitz, Ryann Bosetti, Mary Baxter & Neil Chavigny,  Leana & Glen Clifton, Gretchen Coles, Lisa & Jack Copeland, Mary Crowley, Kay & David Crum, Karen Crenshaw & Paul Dunham, Mary Farley, Laura Copelin & David  Fenster, Lauren & John Fowlkes, Glen Hanson, Libby Tilley & Brooks Hogg, Kim & Kyle Huges, Alice & John Jennings, Tim & Caitlin Johnson, Roseland Klein, Melissa McDonnel & Carlos Lujan, Susan Kirr & Rusty Martin, Howard McLaren, Jennifer Miller, Sarah  Melendez, Rachel Monroe, Lindy Thorsen & Terry Mowers, Ester Partegas & Stephan Pascher, Carolyn Pfeiffer, Pat Quinn & Thomas Schmidt, Cindy Taylor & Jayson Seidman, Julie Speed & Fran Christina, Hillary & Robert Summers, Susan Sutton, and Laura Tucker.

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