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News Release: Back for third year, charitable celebration benefits Eiteljorg arts programming

Cowpokes & Cocktails April 27 with special guest Kristi Lee

INDIANAPOLIS — The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art again will host an unforgettable charitable event, the third annual Cowpokes & Cocktails, Saturday April 27. This year’s event takes place in a beautifully transformed barn in Zionsville. The evening promises to be an elegant, top-tier celebration with a Western flair. Proceeds will benefit the Eiteljorg’s education and public programs departments. In 2018, more than $140,000 was raised at the event.

Cowpokes & Cocktails is a high-end fundraiser that includes exquisite food, a cocktail contest and time to socialize, as well as a silent and live auction that offers an Indianapolis Motor Speedway “Month of May” package and dinners organized created by Eiteljorg President and CEO John Vanausdall. Longtime radio personality Kristi Lee of The Bob & Tom Show and host of Kristi Lee Uninterrupted podcast returns to serve as emcee and auctioneer.

Cowpokes & Cocktails helps sustain the Eiteljorg Museum’s educational efforts to bring arts-related programming to children, regardless of socio-economic status. Proceeds also allow the museum to provide art supplies for school groups and art-studio days, and to schedule artists for special weekend events such as Juneteenth and Day of the Dead celebrations. Proceeds also support hosting several Artists in Residence who interact with students in classrooms, and obtaining educational materials for the Resource Center in the museum’s interactive R.B. Annis Western Family Experience area.

“We re-imagined this fundraiser a couple years ago and the results were everything we had hoped for, from the money raised to the attendance and fun had by all,” said Nataly Lowder, vice president for advancement at the Eiteljorg Museum. “This is a milestone year in the museum’s history as it is our 30th anniversary. April 27 will be a great opportunity to celebrate that and will be an exciting night with a strong purpose. And while Cowpokes & Cocktails is a Western-themed event, a cowboy hat or boots are not required attire. This will be a memorable evening whose impact on our arts programming will be felt for a long time.”

Located at 1502 South 900 East, approximately a 10-minute drive from downtown Zionsville, the beautiful barn offers plenty of room under a large roof, with ample parking accommodations.

“We are extremely excited about this year’s venue,” Lowder added. “We are very grateful to our committee chair Cathy Turner for the generous use of her property to host the third annual Cowpokes & Cocktails at her transformed barn in Zionsville.”

Tickets to Cowpokes & Cocktails are $200 per person or $1,800 per table of 10. The event will take place from 5:30-10:30 p.m. April 27. Registration is required. Sponsorships are still available.

To purchase tickets go to You also may contact Mary Whistler, development associate, at (317) 275-1316 or More information can be found at For sponsorship opportunities, contact Nataly Lowder, vice president for advancement, at (317) 275-1311 or

About the Eiteljorg:
Celebrating 30 years of telling amazing stories in 2019, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the Indigenous peoples of North America. Located on the Central Canal at 500 West Washington St., the Eiteljorg Museum was named one of the USA Today Readers’ Choice 10 Best Indiana Attractions.




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