Date: June 2, 2005
CONTACT: Sally Logue Post, sally.post@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – The chance to dig for buried jewels, experience a Lubbock Ballet performance and enjoy Spanish food by Chef Patrick Tarantino highlight the 2005 “Gypsy Nights” fundraiser for the Museum of Texas Tech University Association, 7 pm, June 17.

The benefit, to be held in the Sculpture Court of the Museum at 4th Street and Indiana Avenue, enables the association to fund traveling exhibitions, lectures and educational materials for children.

“The museum at Texas Tech is an incredible resource for our community and the surrounding area,” said Jennifer Whitmore, chairman of this year’s event. “The association helps to fund the wonderful traveling exhibits that come to the museum each year. This annual fundraiser also allows us to continue to support the arts and culture throughout the South Plains.”

The evening will feature wine and tapas -- small plates of various foods, both hot and cold, traditionally served in Spain -- prepared by Chef Patrick T. Tarantino. Tarantino is new to Lubbock, having previously served as a chef instructor at the Culinary Academy of Austin and the Art Institute of Dallas. Tarantino has owned two award winning restaurants in Dallas and has served as executive chef at a restaurant in La Jolla, Calif.

The Lubbock Ballet will also perform during the evening and guests will have the opportunity to purchase a chance to dig for buried treasure. Local jewelers have donated items that will be buried in a giant sand box.

Local favorites, the Kliffnotes, will provide music for dancing. A silent auction is also part of the evening’s entertainment. Casual dress will allow attendees to both dig and dance during the evening.

Tickets are $100 per person and can be reserved by calling the Museum of Texas Tech Association at 806-742-2443.