When Dini Spheris began working with the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation (BCPACF), the vision and drive were powerful – revitalizing the heart of the San Antonio River Walk with a world-class performing arts center. With a $100 million bond referendum and a donation of the historic municipal auditorium, including the land and buildings valued at $41 million, the public funds provided a huge impetus for the project; however, there was no nonprofit organization, board of trustees, civic leadership committed to the project, development staff or plan in place for raising $54 million in private capital. Thus, BCPACF engaged Dini Spheris to help organize and drive the project through campaign planning and campaign counsel. Ultimately, BCPACF was able to reach its goal through The Tobin Endowment that made a $15 million challenge grant, which was met with more than $39 million in private funds committed.