The Texas Tech Museum is giving the Lubbock community its own royal wedding.
Kay and Tommy Davis are organizing It's a Royal Affair, a gala to raise funds for the museum.
"It might be royal, but it's going to be fun," Kay said.
The fundraiser will include various events throughout Friday evening, and it will also honor Christine Devitt and Helen Jones. The CH foundation will also match $120,000 of the money donated to the museum at the fundraiser.
The gala will showcase the museum's exhibit of wedding dresses that date back as far as the 1840s, many donated by West Texas families, Kay said.
A royal wedding spoof will showcase hats designed by Sharon Holton, costume designer for the Texas Tech Opera Theatre and the Lubbock Moonlight Musicals.
The inspiration for the hats comes from the eccentric hats worn at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Holton said.
"Those hats were so bizarre and eccentric," Holton said, "especially the one worn by Princes Beatrice of York."
Making the hats has been a lot of fun and challenging, said Holton.
"I'm fascinated by the people who make those hats," she said. "It's not just a hat anymore - it's an engineering project."
The night will end with a spoof of the award-winning movie "The King's Speech."
In the "Queen's Speech," Marsha Sharp will play a queen who suddenly wakes up with a West Texas accent and has to get help to get back her British accent.
"This is a conglomeration of some of the best talent in Lubbock," said Justin Duncan, director of the play. "It has some of the best cultural stars in town."
But the show is all about promoting the arts and the cultural education the Tech Museum provides.
These type of events help the museum stay open and free for people who could otherwise not afford it, Tommy said.
"It makes a lot of difference on what the museum can do," he said.
The prices for a table range from $1,600 to $10,000. Individual seats can also be purchased for $225.
The gala will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Helen Devitt Jones Sculpture Court Auditorium Wing.
For reservations and more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 806-792-4363.