The impact of the arts on our lives, and the connections made through art in a community – its ability to inspire and remind us that we are all creative beings, was a common thread Thursday at the sixth-annual Baubles and Bags fundraiser luncheon for the Uvalde Good Eggs Enterprises.
During the event, which included a silent auction of unique offerings, a plated lunch, and an award ceremony, attendees were treated to a performance by members of the award-winning Uvalde High School choir.
Following the opportunity to nosh and visit, the Uvalde Good Eggs recognized their 2019 fine arts scholarship recipient and this year’s honorary good egg.
Beginning the awards ceremony, Good Egg Jan Elliott addressed the crowd of over 100, taking a moment to laud past and present music teachers in Uvalde, by listing those she could recall one by one.
Members of the crowd chimed in, adding a few names to the list, allowing the discussion to take on a cathartic form.
“Bringing up names will help us realize how important each individual person is to someone’s life, said Elliot, adding, “for that, we thank you.”
Announcing Uvalde High School senior Jennifer Soliz as the $2,000 scholarship recipient, Elliott read aloud, quoting Soliz’s essay entry.
“For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by music and fine arts, … and I chose music because there is nothing in this world that makes me feel the way music does.”
Soliz is the daughter of Martha and Albert Soliz, and will be attending Texas State University majoring in music education.
She will be eligible for continued support from the Uvalde Good Eggs throughout her college career as long as she meets the eligibility requirements.
Elliott concluded by recognizing this year’s honorary Good Egg, Jama Brown, sharing “this year’s recipient is one who insistently gives her time, always there to help with any of our productions and performances,” and “she has done every dirty job that we have asked her to do, and we appreciate her so very much.”
Originally from San Antonio, Brown moved to Uvalde after finishing college at Sul Ross University in Alpine, and she and her husband of 56 years have lived here ever since.
In a tearful acceptance, Brown shared sentiments about living in Uvalde.
“Aren’t we lucky to live in a place where we can go and help out and in the community no matter who we are or what we do?” she asked.
Brown is the sixth recipient of this honor, joining Toni Hull, Jo Noble, Nell Kothmann, Mary Manry, and Ann Flemming. The award is bestowed to individuals for their steadfast support of arts in Uvalde.
Since its inception, the annual Good Eggs Enterprises, Inc luncheon has raised approximately $35,000.