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. 

Be a Sponsor for The Storybook Gala

For questions about becoming an official event sponsor call the office at 806-698-0015 and ask for Lori.

Individual tickets are now available! Click the link below to purchase.

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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 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 2017 Sponsors

Major Event Sponsor

Craig & Ann McDonald

Gold Sponsors

ARMTech Insurance Services

Garrison Family Foundation

SS Foundation

Silver Sponsors

All State Fence & Supply

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

Burkhart Center for Autism Research and Education, Jim & Jere Lynn Burkhart

Bob and Beverly Freeman

Peoples Bank

Bronze Sponsors

Blue Star Endowment

FirstBank & Trust

Lockton Companies

Madera Residential

Bradley and Karon Pettiet


Village Partners

Act Now/Southcrest Baptist Church

AgTexas Farm Credit

American National Bank


Behavioral Innovations

Butch’s Rat Hole & Anchor Service, Inc

Caprock Home Health

City Bank

Cornerstone Audiology

Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Critz

Culligan Water Conditioning 

Davis Hutton Investments, LLC

Tom and Annette Debinski

Richard Edwards

Fiber Brite, LTD

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

First Financial Trust & Asset Management

Dr. & Mrs. Clint Gregg

Happy State Bank

Hi-Fidelity/David Taylor

Hurst Farm Supply, Inc.

Lone Star Commodities

The Lowe Family

Lubbock Aero

Lubbock Electric Company

Lubbock Professional Fire Fighters Association

Maple Co-Operative Gin

McGavock Nissan & Infiniti

Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Miller

Moxie Healthcare Solutions

Pennington, Bass & Associates

Senator Charles Perry

Dr. Billy Philips

Rose-Text, Inc.

Dr. Jane Rowley

The Salty Eight Bunch

Scarborough Specialities, Inc.

Dr. Andy & Beverly Shaver

The Shropshire Insurance Agency

The Sleep Shop

Bobby & Sabrina Smith

The Smith/Harris Family

South Plains Electric Cooperative

Joel & Sallye Tankersley

Texas Tech Credit Union

TTUHSC, School of Medicine Dean

United Cotton Growers Cooperative

The United Family Wall Family

Sandy Wall and Susie Sweenhart

WWAARR Group Construction

Westwind Distributors

Bernadine Wilson