The Contemporaries have produced a major fundraiser each year since 1975, contributing over $2,183,411 to the Cultural Activities Center. The event was originally called “Tamasha,” and the first auction in 1975 raised $7,250. In combination with other fundraising efforts, in 2017, The Contemporaries donated $75,000 to the CAC. The Gala is the highlight of the year, which enables the members to provide on-going, dynamic support to the many programs and services provided by the group at the CAC.
The Gala celebrates the continuation of the arts in Temple and Central Texas. Guests will experience a seated dinner, followed by live entertainment and the chance to bid on many fantastic items of interest. The Gala is a glamorous and exciting evening, but more important, 100% of the funds raised the night of the Gala, are donated directly to the CAC.