As our community’s only non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown area, Heart of Tyler Inc., is a volunteer driven organization that partners with the city of Tyler, Heart of Tyler members, business owners, property owners, community agencies, and others to reinvest in downtown Tyler. Thousands of hours of volunteer time are dedicated annually to projects such as arts development, business assistance, design projects, and special events. Since the 1980s, Heart of Tyler has spearheaded projects totaling more than $150 million in reinvestment in downtown and encouraging forward-thinking economic development in an historic preservation context so this community asset and legacy can be passed on to future generations.
On Saturday, August 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at downtown Tyler’s Fair Building, Heart of Tyler will host its sixth annual Black Tie Bingo, Bourbon Street Bingeaux. This event will feature the revelries of the New Orleans’ French Quarter and include four “high stakes’ bingo games, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, spirits, a silent auction, games, beads, dueling pianos, and more. Proceeds from this event will benefit Heart of Tyler.
As a member of the Heart of Tyler board of directors and the sponsorship chairman for this year’s event, Garnett Brookshire encourages the community to attend the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.
“The event promises to be a great time, and the committee has been hard at work developing creative ways to illustrate the theme and make the evening extra special,” Mr. Brookshire said. “Be sure to wear your black tie attire, beads and masks, and you just might be crowned the king and queen of Mardi Gras.”
Mr. Brookshire focuses his volunteer efforts with Heart of Tyler and has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Salvation Army.
“I feel incredibly blessed by the support the Tyler community has shown over the years, and I am compelled to reciprocate in ways that I sincerely hope our town, and those who are less fortunate, can benefit,” Mr. Brookshire said.
Born in Tyler, Mr. Brookshire has resided in our community for three years. He is a graduate of the Trinity School of Texas in Longview and earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas. He is employed as president of the People’s Petroleum Building. Mr. Brookshire is a member of Marvin United Methodist Church.
“I have a great appreciation for the value that our community places on local organizations, both charitable and business-oriented,” Mr. Brookshire said. “I strongly support Tyler’s emphasis on unity, support of our neighbors, and its dedication to our deep-rooted Christian values and principles.”
For more information about Heart of Tyler’s sixth annual Black Tie Bingo, Bourbon Street Bingeaux, please call 903-593-6905, or visit www.heartoftyler.com.