TESSA’s Annual Fundraiser

Once again, TESSA will tell our story through the arts — But in New and Surprising Ways.


September 15, 2018 | The Broadmoor

How do you follow a highly celebrated and applauded 40th Ruby Anniversary Gala? With an Encore, of course. Once again, TESSA will incorporate the arts to tell the story of domestic and sexual violence – and in new and surprising ways.

6 p.m. Art Exhibit and Cocktails
7 p.m. Dinner and Program

Cocktail/Black-tie optional Attire

40th Anniversary Ruby Gala 2017

Voted “Most Memorable Gala” for the Best of the Springs 2018

Months after this gala, many of the 750 who attended were still brought to tears or lumps in the throat remembering parts of an unforgettable evening. TESSA’s work is, by its nature, heartbreaking as it empowers victims of domestic violence and continues work to slow sexual assault. This anniversary acknowledged 40 years of work and the dream for a less violent future. Guests entered the gala through a forest of breathtaking hanging cheesecloth art panels by artist De Lane Bredvik, disguising the phases of domestic violence hiding just beneath the surface. Those who had survived domestic violence shared their stories and a poignant violin-cello “Candle in the Wind” paid tribute to those “In Memoriam.” All in all, a stunning presentation by Executive Director SherryLynn Boyles and TESSA.

2017 Gala Photo Gallery




  • Table for ten at the ENCORE dinner
  • Recognition in all ENCORE printed and digital communications





  • Stage Sponsor level recognition and seating
  • Complimentary VIP tickets and parking for (4) to the VIP reception
  • Passes for (4) runners in the 2nd annual Survivors’ Run
  • All other aforementioned benefits



  • Prominent seating for two tables of 10 and Director level recognition on signage/materials
  • Acknowledgement from the stage for sponsors
  • Complimentary VIP tickets for 10 table guests to the VIP reception with VIP parking
  • Sponsorship and passes for (6) runners in the 2nd annual Survivors’ Run
  • All other aforementioned benefits



  • Premium Producer level sponsor recognition on all event signage and materials and premium seating for two tables at 10.
  • Speaking role at the ENCORE dinner and acknowledgement from the stage
  • Special acknowledgement on social media and your name or logo, with link, on TESSA’s website for one year.
  • Premium sponsorship for 2nd annual Survivors’ Run with VIP passes for 10 runners
  • All other aforementioned benefits



Dr. Reagan Anderson

El Pomar Foundation

The Loo Family

Jerry and Pam Bruni

Director Sponsors

The Hernandez Family

Craig and Judy Carnick

Stage Sponsors

Ent Credit Union

Jeff Ahrendsen

Sidon and Dona Harris

Ray Shea

aRTIST Sponsors

Lenz Family Foundation

4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office

Howard Black and Janet Kerr

Dr. Thomas and Hon. Lisa Czelatdko

Tyrone Johsnon

Kathy Lightfoot

Anne and Rich Markley

Becky and Jon Medved

Molly and Doug Miles

Glenn Montgomery

Drs. Di and Todd Thompson

Jan and Mike Webber