Eiteljorg Musuem Blog

Buckaroo Bash: Your ticket to a one-of-a-kind experience

by Tamara Winfrey Harris, Eiteljorg vice president of communications and marketing | Oct 24, 2013

Buckaroo Bash co-chair Cathy Turner

“We are lucky to live in a city that offers several really enjoyable annual events that benefit community institutions, but there is nothing, NOTHING else like the Eiteljorg Museum’s Buckaroo Bash,” says Cathy Turner, who for eight years has helped lead the dedicated committee who makes the museum’s annual fundraiser happen. Buckaroo Bash, presented by Curtis Publishing, returns to the Eiteljorg Museum on Friday, Oct. 25, with the theme “Carats, Corsets and Cowboys.” 

The event, which raises money for the museum’s educational programs, is the only place in Indianapolis where you can get expert instruction in line dancing with a modern twist; watch talented chefs face off in the dessert battle to end all battles and bid on high-end items and unforgettable experiences (How does a shopping trip in the Big Apple grab you? Dinner prepared by the Eiteljorg Museum president and CEO John Vanausdall? How about tea for two at American Girl Place in Chicago?).

Party-goers will also enjoy live music from The Endless Summer Band, a raffle of fine jewelry courtesy of G. Thrapp Jewelers, a silent auction and a surprising menu by Kahn's Catering.

Lisa Staley, who works alongside Turner as Bash co-chair says, “This year’s Bash is something completely new. If you’ve been coming for years, get ready to be surprised. If you’ve never joined us, you’ll want to get your ticket today!”

Tickets to Buckaroo Bash are $200 per person. Attendees not only get an unforgettable evening, but also have the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping the museum reach more than 24,000 students each year with experiences, including one-on-one interaction with Native artists, gallery interpreters and in-classroom storytelling that reveals the diverse stories of the West.

“Bash is a lot of fun to be sure,” says John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg president and CEO. “But it is also one of the most important things we do each year. Education is the backbone of our mission and Buckaroo Bash helps ensure that we can continue to successfully enact that mission.”

This year, buying a ticket and registering for silent auction express check-out is even easier. You can do it right online at

For more information, contact Sarah Farthing at 317.275.1333 or

Special thanks to Co-Chairs:
Cathy Turner & Lisa Staley

Honorary Chairs:
Joan SerVaas & Larry Roan

Co-Honorary Chairs:
Burke Eiteljorg & Carlie Irsay-Gordon 

Cindy Hoye
Carrie Kirk
Melissa Mau
Dona Stohler
Jana Varanka
Myrna Ware 

With additional support by:
Citimark Management Co., Inc.
Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Centers
G. Thrapp Jewelers
The Chef's Academy


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