By Emily Stifler Explorebigsky.com Managing Editor

BIG SKY – More than 100 people attended the Arts Council of Big Sky first fundraising gala at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center on March 30. Themed ‘crawfish and cornbread’ – and complete with cajun food, music, decor and raffle prizes – the event “turned a new leaf for the Arts Council,” said ACBS board chair Tallie Jamison.

Local realtor Michael Thomas won the grand prize, a trip for two to the New Orleans Jazz Fest, and in a full circle kind of gift, gave it to Roger and Margie Schwer, who endow the ACBS Peggy Dicken Schwer Memorial Fund Dinner Concert series.

ACBS auctioned off $23,250 in Montana artwork, raising about $15,000, for the organization. Several local businesses helped support the event, with Buck’s T-4 donating catering and Bozeman Audi sponsoring Eden Atwood and the Bridger Mountain Big Band.

“It fired up our members for what’s to come,” Jamison said. “We’re already planning next year’s event for Friday, March 28!”