Ucross Announces Inaugural Founder's Dinner

Ucross, an artist residency program and creative laboratory for the arts has announced an inaugural Founder's Dinner & Benefit to honor the legacy of Raymond Plank, founder of Ucross.

The dinner will be held on Nov. 2 in Houston, Texas. Plank lived and worked in Houston after moving Apache Corporation to Texas in the mid-1990s.

A World War II bomber pilot, business leader and philanthropist, Plank established the Ucross Foundation in 1981 to foster the creative spirit by providing artists with uninterrupted time, studio space, living accommodations and the experience of the High Plains on his historic 20,000-acre ranch in Ucross. The program welcomed the first group of artists in 1983 and has since been the creative home to more than 2,100 artists.

Actress Elizabeth Bunch, a member of the Houston-based Alley Theatre's Resident Acting Company, will be host at the Founder's Dinner, and the night will feature performances by Ucross alumni and special guests.

Ucross will also present the first ever Raymond Plank Award for Visionary Leadership, designed to honor and celebrate business leaders, philanthropists and innovators who have forged their own path and had an enduring impact on business, the arts or land stewardship.

The Founder's Dinner & Benefit, which is the Ucross organization's biggest fundraiser of the year, will also feature a live auction.