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Eiteljorg’s Re-Imagined Buckaroo Bash Fundraiser to Feature Food is Art Competition

by Hyacinth Rucker | Oct 02, 2015
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Eiteljorg’s Re-Imagined Buckaroo Bash Fundraiser to Feature Food is Art Competition
How the West Was Won-themed party marks a brand-new take on the Museum’s iconic fundraiser

INDIANAPOLIS— (Sept. 25, 2015) The spirit of a classic Western and exciting new traditions will come together at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art’s 2015 Buckaroo Bash on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 7 p.m. to midnight. With inspiration from the film, How the West Was Won, this year’s Bash promises a fresh take on one of the city’s most anticipated events of the year.

“Going into its 18th year, the annual Buckaroo Bash is the Eiteljorg’s largest fundraiser,” said Susie Maxwell, the museum’s vice president for development. “Over the years, the Bash has raised more than $1.3 million for the museum. And just as the museum is always evolving, the Bash is evolving. So our committee has worked to plan an unparalleled evening of fun, with some new twists and a few a surprises.”

This year’s Bash will feature a one-of-a-kind Food is Art competition in which some of the city’s top chefs, caterers, and restaurants will battle it out to wow attendees with innovative samplings presented in an artistic manner. Also new to the Bash this year is  a larger-than-ever silent auction and electronic bidding. Among the many valuable items up for grabs are an Indianapolis Motor Speedway anniversary VIP experience, an Apple Watch, and art from official Indian Market & Festival artists. 

In keeping with the How the West Was Won theme, attendees are encouraged to step back in time and dress as a marshal, settler, cowboy, cowgirl, plainsman or saloon girl. For Western-themed attire, the Bash’s official outfitter partners (Vintage Western Wear, Dakota Grizzly, and the Frank and Katrina Basile Museum Store) are offering in-advance discounts.

Bash attendees will enjoy live entertainment (including Henle and the Loops); an outdoor hog roast on the museum’s front lawn courtesy of North End; brandy and cigar sampling; a large watering hole with complimentary beverages from area distilleries and breweries; and an after-party with some of the city’s top dessert vendors and brandy tasting “Under the Sails” along the canal.

Proceeds from the Buckaroo Bash go toward educational programming for the more than 24,000 school-aged children the Eiteljorg serves annually. The funds raised support complimentary admission for about 70 IPS and IUPUI students each operating day--students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience Native American and Western art and culture.

“Each year, the Bash attracts hundreds of excited and enthusiastic attendees,” said Maxwell. “They enjoy a Western-themed evening of live music and entertainment, while supporting the unique work of the Eiteljorg.” 

Tickets for the Buckaroo Bash are now available at three experience levels.  To purchase tickets, visit: For a complete schedule of events and details on discounts from official Bash outfitter partners, visit:

About the Eiteljorg
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Eiteljorg is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN  46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit

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