Downtown Sherman projects got a boost with the success of the recent Fall Into Christmas fundraiser, sponsored by the non-profit Women’s Gift Exchange. Proceeds went to the Downtown Sherman Preservation & Revitalization (DSP&R) program.

Downtown Sherman projects got a boost with the success of the recent Fall Into Christmas fundraiser, sponsored by the non-profit Women’s Gift Exchange. Proceeds went to the Downtown Sherman Preservation & Revitalization (DSP&R) program.


Grayson Hall inside Kelly Square came to life with 20 "tablescape" displays, created by local artisans, students and businesses. It was standing-room-only as the 200 attendees made their way through the tables which ranged from oppulent, golden finery to bright plaid country-style and "steam punk" metal to 1930s nostalgia. Austin College students created one of the most unique tables by making an actual tabletop of individual, artistic ceramic pieces which were then fitted together to cover the existing tabletop.


While viewing the tables, the lively crowd sipped on fluted libations, exchanged donations for chances on decor and gift items, and bid on silent auction items. Later, they were treated to a luncheon of squash soup, grilled chicken salad and mousse while viewing the latest in fall and winter fashions, modeled by Women’s Gift Exchange volunteers.


Money raised from what is hoped to be an annual event has already been presented to the DSP&R.


"Downtown Sherman Preservation & Revitalization is honored to be the recipient of the Women’s Gift Exchange’s tablescapes fundraiser," said Karen Tooley, executive director of DSP&R. "The City of Sherman has completed the first phase of major capital improvements to downtown with the planting of trees and motification of sidewalks, and these funds will enable DSP&R to kick-start their Phase II campaign, the planting of tree-form crepe myrtles around the square and along Travis Street."