A Storybook Gala

Event Specifics

When: Thursday, November 2, 2017

Where: The Civic Center 

Dress: Cocktail Attire, or After Five

The night begins at 5:30 with our Village Marketplace. Villagers work diligently throughout the year carefully producing handmade items for this night. 

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Keynote Speaker Ron Suskind

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Author

Ron Suskind is the author of six best-selling books, the most recent of which — Life, Animated, A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism — documents his family’s two-decade struggle with regressive autism. Using a technique called Affinity Therapy, the book recounts how the Suskinds broke through to their autistic son Owen by exposing him to Disney movies, which Owen memorized and used as a pathway to communication. Ron’s technique was demonstrated onstage at Comedy Central’s autism fundraiser, Night of Too Many Stars, where Owen memorably acted out scenes from Aladdin with Gilbert Gottfried.

Ron’s sixth book, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism, examines his family’s twenty-year struggle with its youngest son, Owen, who is on the autism spectrum. Having lost his speech at age three, Owen seized upon a particular interest in the form of animated Disney movies, which helped him make sense of himself and the world. By memorizing these iconic movies and parroting their dialogue, he learned how to communicate and express himself, prompting his family members to create elaborate stage sets in the Suskind home to re-enact these films and speak Disney along with him. Owen emerged as a teenager with a unique skillset; along the way, he may have created a method for other parents and medical experts to reach autistic kids by following a similar model of emulative expression. This deeply personal but universally resonant presentation is an adventure story of the human heart in which Ron shares stories of Owen’s unique transformation from quiet solitude to animated communication — culminating in a memorable father/son appearance with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s annual autism fundraiser, Night of Too Many Stars, where Owen, so long a silent child, joyfully outshines America’s biggest stars. The Suskind motto – your passion is your pathway – now guides educators, therapists, and parents in tapping deep potential in us all.

Life Animated in the Media

Finding Owen: A Boy’s Story

Autism Documentary Falls Short Of Academy Award

‘Life, Animated’ director reveals real-life inspiration behind film’s animation

Our 2016 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

ARMtech Insurance Services

Garrison Family Foundation

Peoples Bank

SS Foundation

Silver Sponsors

Suzanne A. Beck, MD
Allergy and Asthma Clinic of West Texas

Betenbough Homes

Bob and Beverly Freeman

Bronze Sponsors

Jim and Jere Lynn Burkhart
for the Burkhart Center

Damron Property Investments, Inc.

Tom and Annette Debinski

FirstBank & Trust

Madera Companies

Bradley and Karon Pettiet


Village Partners

Act Now/Southcrest Baptist Church

AgTexas Farm Credit

American National Bank


Balco Systems

Behavioral Innovations 

Mr. and Mrs. Ricky L. Bryant

Dr. and Mrs. Michael Calmes

Catholic Diocese of Lubbock

Center of Meaning in Health and Disease
Dr. Andy Shaver

City Bank

Comet Cleaners

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Critz

Culligan Lubbock

Mr. and Mrs. Calvin and Renee Davis

Fiber Brite, LTD

Field, Manning, Stone, Hawthorne, & Aycock, P.C.

First Financial Trust

Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers

Dr. and Mrs. Clint Gregg

Happy State Bank


Joe and Christy Hurst

Hurst Farm Supply, Inc.

The Lowe Family

Lubbock Electric Company

Lubbock Professional Fire Fighters Association

Maple Cooperative Gin

Craig and Ann McDonald

McGavock Nissan & Infiniti 

Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Miller

Medical Management Solutions

MWM Architects, Inc.

Pennington Bass & Associates

Dr. Billy Philips

Rose-Text, Inc. Electronic Health Records

Dr. Jane Rowley

Scarborough Specialties, Inc.

Scoggin Dickey

Senator Charles Perry

The Shropshire Agency, Inc.

The Sleep Shop

Smith/Harris Family

Bobby and Sabrina Smith

South Plains Compost, Inc.

South Plains Electric Cooperative

Dr. and Mrs. James St. Clair

Dean and Krista Tankersley

Joel and Sallye Tankersley

TTUHSC, School of Medicine Dean

United Cotton Growers Cooperative

The United Family

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Upp

The Williams Family

Bernadine Wilson