In 1969, Wally Lowenfield bought the El Paso Auto Center with a dream to build a full-service automobile dealership that exceeded customer’s expectations, especially for service. With this purchase, Wally joined the Ford Motor Company as an auto retailer. Together with his son Clay, Wally earned loyal customers and helped grow the family-run auto dealership that prided itself on “Mi Casa es Su Casa.” Wally’s grandsons now run Casa Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, and Kia, an award-winning dealership for two decades, where special effort is still made to make you feel at home. Tom Lea’s art portrays the love for the region and joy in work – also Lowenfield family values.
The mission of Southwest University at El Paso is to provide exceptional career and technical training, promote intellectual growth, critical examination and informed understanding through general education and a commitment to educational excellence. Our mission is strengthened by quality instruction, creating a positive learning environment and integrating emerging technologies to enable students to achieve their potential, participate in new employment opportunities and continue to be lifelong learners. That is one reason we support the Tom Lea Institute because Tom Lea was a great example of a person who was a lifelong learner.
It didn’t take long for entrepreneurs Dan and Joann Longoria to decide to leave a thriving Houston market in 1997 to relocate to El Paso and the West Texas, New Mexico area. They opened their first store at I-10 and Viscount, then quickly added a second on Sunland Park Drive. “We had no idea what the border economy was like,” Dan says. “Levi Strauss had just closed, but we opened both stores to a great welcome.” The couple have grown Mattress Firm into a leading retail business in the El Paso area. What grew from modest beginnings is one of the most successful markets for the Mattress Firm chain. “We still feel today that El Paso is a unique city” and the Tom Lea Institute is vital to preserving the culture of the region, Texas and New Mexico.
The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department of the City of El Paso brings a colorful variety of events and cultural activities to El Pasoans. Since its inception in 2005, MCAD has provided quality cultural programming that highlights the region’s diverse cultures. Activities vary from public art, performing/visual arts, and cultural tourism in the El Paso area, keeping the border culture on the cutting edge of artistic performance excellence. MCAD has recognized the Institute’s vital contribution to arts and culture through its longstanding financial support.
First published in 1973, Texas Monthly is the state’s flagship publication for news, features, photography, politics, humor, and everything Texana in between. The magazine sets the tone for a type of communal voice to a state with major metropolitan areas, far-flung cities and country towns with a vast landmass that all comprise the Lone Star State. Texas Monthly has always kept an eye focused on the borderland, with ongoing coverage of everything from immigration to restaurant reviews. Tom Lea and his legacy also runs like a thread through the nationally known, award-winning magazine, in recognition of the artist’s standing as the foremost craftsman of the state’s visual landscape. In the August 1994 issue, Texas Monthly called Lea’s World War II Life Magazine work “the most extensive body of American art on World War II.” And that’s quite a fitting tribute from a publication also known as, “The National Magazine of Texas.”
The Rogers family has been committed to El Paso’s growth and prosperity for two generations. John Rogers, Dede’s father was a popular and effective mayor of El Paso. Dede has carried on his tradition of giving back to the community with her extensive support of numerous non-profit organizations, especially the El Paso Museum of Art. As her family has collected Tom Lea art over the years, Dede is committed to ensuring his legacy is perpetuated through the Tom Lea Institute.
The roots of EP Riverbend Development run back to the late 1880s, with founder and land developer Will P. Harvey. Today, Riverbend Development is still in the family, run by Will’s son, Will S. Harvey. The company specializes in real estate with a focus on developing neighborhoods, offices, retail, and self-storage. The Harvey family respects the value of the artistic genius of Tom Lea by incorporating art and artistic spaces in many of their projects.
GECU is a giant among today’s local financial institutions, with more than $2.6 billion in assets, 385,000 members, and 25 branches. Its stylishly designed offices stand out in the El Paso landscape, as GECU provides strong financial leadership to the borderland. Buying a car, house or starting a business is within reach with the financial skills and investment knowledge of GECU. Our financial experts can direct you to the best investment opportunities to help you both today and in the future. GECU attributes its success to the same values Tom Lea expressed in his writings about his love for the borderland and Southwest.
Nelson Puett Foundation
Originally founded in 1957, The Nelson Puett Foundation has been an enthusiastic supporter of educational projects and supporting students seeking higher education since its inception. From college scholarships to youth development to religious causes, the Foundation is dedicated to students of all ages and backgrounds. Headquartered in Austin, the Nelson Puett Foundation supports many philanthropic endeavors in Travis County and beyond. Paying tribute to the real estate background of its founder, the Foundation also supports affordable housing for the underprivileged. Nelson and Caroline are interested in today’s students being taught WWII history so as to continue to learn from our nation’s past and to honor the generations’ sacrifices that have gone before.
Walter Negley and the Brown Foundation
Betty Ruth Wakefield
5,000 members and above
Adobo Catering Tel. (505) 989.7674 Peter Dent
Eldorado Hotel Tel. (505) 995.4523 Dan Lisss – number unavailable
Hotel Santa Fe Tel. (505) 955.7835 Todd Glatz – number unavailable
Inn and Spa at Loretto Tel. (505) 984.7909 Leah Gallant
La Casa Sena Restaurant Tel. (505) 988.9232 Julie King- need to email sara
Rio Chama Steakhouse Tel. (505) 955.0765 Julie King
Walter Burke Caterers Tel. (505) 473.9600 Angela Reece