Whitney Miller, Gerry and Sally Solcher

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h, the humanities! Local lovers of great literature and art recently assembled to raise the roof and have some “funds.”

Philanthropist, conservationist and longtime San Antonio Public Library Foundation benefactor George C. “Tim” Hixon was honored by special guest speaker David DiBenedetto, editor-in-chief of the award-winning magazine Garden & Gun and author of “S is for Southern: A Guide to the South, from Absinthe to Zydeco.”

The Father’s Day Literary Luncheon at the San Antonio Country Club was in keeping with Hixon’s love of the outdoors, fishing, hunting and land conservation. It was moderated by professional wingshooter, sportsman and fellow Southerner Brandon W. Simmons.

Our condolences to Hixon’s family on his recent passing.

At the San Antonio Museum of Art, the opening night of the anticipated exhibition “Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid,” was inspired by our city’s Tricentennial.

Guests at the annual, black-tie Museum Ball were the first to view this stunning exhibition featuring paintings by El Greco, Velasquez and Goya, works that will be shown in the United States only at SAMA.

Proceeds from this elegant affair help support the museum’s vision to expand its outreach.

The black-lit evening was highlighted with amazing performances by glow-in-the-dark aerialists and LED dancers, neon photos, flash tattoos, custom cocktails, light bites, exciting raffle prizes and a pair of hot dance floors.

Meanwhile, exciting casino games, unlimited food, music, a live and silent auction, gaming prizes and $1,000 in gaming chips per ticket started the fun at Agapefest Denim and Diamonds Casino Night benefiting ACTS Ministries, or adoration, community, theology and service.

Cool cowboys, cowgirls and croupiers bet on a sizzling night of fun and games, and everyone came out a winner.

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