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Grace Gala honoring Karen Turner

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Karen Turner

2019 Honoree

Karen Turner is a woman of outstanding achievement. The embodiment of a community volunteer, she successfully spreads her servant leadership throughout Abilene and, in turn, has touched and changed many lives and organizations in our community.

Karen lovingly taught history to children attending public schools for 27 years. She later transitioned to working with teachers through the Region 14 Education Service Center where she spent twelve years as a consultant and four years as an administrator.

After retiring from the education field, Karen took on many volunteer jobs, including various roles with The Grace Museum. She soon became an active member of the museum's Los Aficionados (LA) support group, where she served as a docent for school tours throughout the year. She stepped into the position of LA President from 2004 to 2006. In this role, Karen's leadership skills helped the group transition from a loose organization to one with specific purposes and fundraising goals that greatly impact the museum's operating budget.

Karen joined The Grace Museum's Board of Trustees in 2004. She served as Board Chair from 2011 to 2012, and has contributed to numerous committees, fundraisers, and museum programs over the years. She remains a vital part of The Grace Advisory Board today.

Karen has also enthusiastically served on other nonprofit boards and special committees in Abilene and Taylor County: Abilene Woman’s Club, AWC Foundation, Friends of the Abilene Public Library, Abilene March of Dimes, Abilene Retired Teachers Association, Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union, and Taylor County Historical Commission.

Karen received the 2006 Taylor County Historical Commission’s Maxine Perini Award for outstanding service to Taylor County in the preservation of its history and the promotion of historical events. Karen was also recognized in 2017 as a Woman of Outstanding Achievement by the American Association of University Women in Abilene.

Lloyd and Karen Turner were married on June 7, 1968 and are celebrating 51 years together. They have one daughter and son-in-law, Jarrett and Susan Coleman of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and two grandsons, Brett and Pearce.

It is our great pleasure to recognize Karen Turner as this year’s Grace Gala Honoree.


Tables of 10

All include acknowledgement in the Grace Gala program. Limited seating, please call to ensure availability.

  • PATRON/1st FLOOR: First floor seating in the Main Gallery or Ballroom for 10 guests with plated dinner.

  • ADVOCATE/2nd FLOOR: Second floor seating in the Galleries for 10 guests with buffet style dinner.

  • FRIEND/ROOFTOP: Rooftop seating for 10 guests with buffet dinner.

Individual Tickets*

  • $225 each – First floor seating in the Ballroom with plated dinner

  • $175 each – Second floor seating in the galleries with buffet style dinner

*For more information regarding the availability of individual tickets in the Main Gallery or the Rooftop, please contact Sheila Scevers at 325-673-4587 or


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Earlier Event: August 20
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