Opening Cocktail Reception

mosw preview16 137 800x534Opening  Cocktail Reception
with honored guest Sergeant First Class John Faulkenberry
Friday, January 19 | 6:30 PM
$125 per guest
Get tickets HERE

At the opening cocktail reception, you can be among the first to see a vibrant collection of oil paintings by President George W. Bush, that honor our servicemen and women. Enjoy an elegant evening with an assortment of heavy hor d'oeuvres, open bar and cocktails, live music, and good company. Our guest of honor Sergeant First Class John Faulkenberry will say a few words at 7:00 PM. SFC John Faulkenberry's portrait is one of the paintings on view in Portraits of Courage.

There will be an opportunity to purchase George W. Bush's book Portraits of Courage, and the proceeds go to the George W. Bush Presidential Center and its Military Service Initiative. Proceeds from tickets sales help the Museum of the Southwest continue its exhibitions, events and programs.

Cocktail Attire. Valet will be provided.

From the menu:

Greenberg Smoked Turkey, Honey Baked Ham, and Beef Tenderloin with rolls and condiments
Roasted Shrimp with Fred’s Remoulade Sauce
Bacon Wrapped Tamale Bites
Green Chile Cheese Squares
Hot Artichoke Dip with Chips
Fabulous Cheese Mold with Fruit and Crackers
Patriotic Lemon Curd tartlets
Almond Bars
Chocolate Crisps
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

About Sergeant First Class John Faulkenberry:

SFC Faulkenberry's portrait is one of the paintings displayed in Portraits of Courage. Former Midlander SFC John Faulkenberry joined the U.S. Army after graduating from Midland High School. He was assigned to Echo Company, 51st Infantry, Airborne, Long Range Surveillance out of Darmstadt, Germany. He was stationed in Darmstadt for five years and deployed to Iraq twice. He then deployed in 2007 with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan.

On July 27, 2007, outside a small village in the Korengal Valley, SFC Faulkenberry’s unit was ambushed from both sides of a river. During the ambush, SFC Faulkenberry was shot multiple times in the right upper thigh shattering three inches out of his femur, completely severing his sciatic nerve, lacerating his femoral artery, and blowing out most of his quad and hamstring. He underwent a limb salvage for almost three painful years, ultimately leading to a below-the-knee amputation. SFC Faulkenberry spent 10 months at Walter Reed undergoing surgeries and therapy before transferring to Brooke Army Medical Center where he finished his recovery.

In 2012, SFC Faulkenberry medically retired from active duty and graduated from Texas State University with a degree in exercise and sports science. He used his schooling and passion for fellow veterans while working at the Center For The Intrepid as a prosthetic technician. He then worked for Military Warriors Support Foundation running a mentorship program called Skills4Life to help our nation’s combat wounded veterans and Goldstar Families transition from military to civilian life. SFC Faulkenberry now works for NALCO-Champion supplying oilfield chemicals to fracturing companies in South Texas. He and his wife, Sarah, have been married for 12 years and have a 6-year-old daughter, Haley, and a 5-year-old boy, Jake.

Where To Find Us

Museum of the Southwest
1705 W. Missouri Ave.
Midland, TX 79701
432.683.2882