Saturday, November 18th, 2017
Hyatt Regency Austin | 208 Barton Springs | Austin, Texas 78704
Cocktail hour and silent auction begin at 6:30 pm. Dinner, live auction, and program to follow.
MEET THE BAGAN FAMILY, OUR 2017 RAGS TO WAGS CHAIRS
We are excited to introduce this year’s chairs, the Bagan family, who as long-time AHS supporters
have had a lasting impact on countless animals throughout the years.
The Bagan Family
“We are incredibly honored to be chairing this year's Rags to Wags Gala. Celebrating its 65th year makes it even more special and we are so grateful for all of the work they do in our community. AHS has had a very special place in our hearts for many years! We look forward to celebrating this exciting milestone amongst such amazing donors and supporters! ”
– Meredith, Jim, Grace and Saxton Bagan
MEET JIM SPENCER, yOUR 2017 RAGS TO WAGS emcee
KXAN’s Emmy Award-winning Weathercaster Jim Spencer has been forecasting Austin and Central Texas weather for 27 years, longer than anyone in the history of Austin television.
Jim grew up in Lindsay, Oklahoma, in the heart of tornado alley, to which he credits his life-long fascination with weather.
Jim joined KXAN in 1990, becoming the first weathercaster on Austin’s first hour-long morning newscast, News 36 Firstcast. In 1993, he became Chief Weathercaster, taking over the evening broadcasts, where he can be seen today. Prior to coming to Austin, he spent time at KADA-AM Radio and KTEN-TV.
Jim is a past recipient of the National Weather Association’s Weathercaster of the Year award. Jim has been awarded three Emmys and has been nominated for several more. He is also a five-time winner of the Texas Associated Press Best Weathercast award, and has been voted Austin’s Best Weathercaster 18 times by readers of the Austin Chronicle. He has been named TV Personality of the Year by Austin’s American Women in Radio and Television Chapter five times.
Jim has a long history of involvement in community and charitable organizations. He is on the board of directors of Service Dogs, Inc. He also serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Helping Hand Home for Children, where he has also served as a “buddy” to abused and neglected children served by the Home. Jim has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children of Travis County. He has been a mentor in Austin’s Communities in Schools program and was named Langford Elementary School’s Mentor of the Year.
Jim’s other passions include football officiating, which he’s done for 31 years. He also loves to spend time with, and brag about his nieces and nephews, Falicia, Krysta, Zach, Zak, Kandis, Joaquin, a.k.a. Broc, Jaxson, Braelyn, and Zoe.
We are proud to welcome back tonight’s Cowboy Auctioneer, Heath Hale. Heath and the Cowboys raise millions of dollars each year for charities in Texas and across the USA and they are grateful to be a part of our AHS family. When it’s time to bid, just look for the cowboy hats!