The American Cowboy Gala, benefiting the Fort Worth Herd and Cowtown Coliseum, took place July 24 in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The evening included dinner, auctions, a wine toast and live entertainment by country singer Whitney ONeil.
The 2014 Arlington Museum of Art Gala took place June 28 at the museum. The event, which was themed An Evening at the Sands Hotel and Casino, included cocktails, dinner, casino games, auctions and live entertainment.
Presented by the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Empowered Woman Luncheon took place July 16 at Piazza in the Village. The annual networking event included shopping, lunch and a silent auction. Guest speaker was Colleen Walker, CEO of Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
Benefiting arts education and outreach, the 2014 Casa Mañana Gala took place May 30 at Casa Mañana Theatre. The evening included cocktails, dinner, auctions, a performance of Always ... Patsy Cline and an after-party. Among the items up for auction were a wine dinner for eight, a football autographed by former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and a his-and-hers cowboy package with boots, hats and a saddle.
The Boys & Girls Club of Arlington hosted its 24th annual Par for the Kids golf tournament June 23 at Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield. In addition to golf, the all-day event included a silent auction, dinner by Saltgrass Steak House, a helicopter ball drop and a long-drive contest.
The annual Evening of Hope gala, benefiting the programs and services of the AIDS Outreach Center, took place May 31 at River Crest Country Club. Guests sipped cosmopolitans one of which held a glittering diamond, donated by Kubes Jewelers while enjoying a fashion show, a lip sync show and a model-led conga line.
The 2014 Cliburn Gala took place May 2 at Ridglea Country Club. To fit the art deco “Classically Cliburn” theme, the country club was decorated with black and white decor and linens. Before dinner, a “flash mob” of six pianists, including two Cliburn competition gold medalists, played a rousing Stars and Stripes Forever. Guests dined on beef tenderloin, poached salmon and a cake in the shape of piano keyboards created specially for the event. After dancing to Big Blast and the Party Masters, patrons gathered on the patio for hand-rolled cigars and port.
The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation held its 17th annual Cigar Smoker Benefit on May 7 at the Fort Worth Club. The evening began with a cocktail reception featuring a selection of premium cigars, fine wines and spirits. The event also included dinner, a raffle and live and silent auctions. Among the auction items were a child-sized Porsche and a trip to a luxury resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
The Colleyville Woman’s Club hosted its 16th annual Caring with Commitment Celebration on May 22 at Colleyville Center. After a reception of juice and mimosas, the event continued with lunch and a special program recognizing exceptional individuals, organizations and businesses in the community.
The most exclusive event of the inaugural Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival, Tastes of the World, took place March 29 at Bass Hall. Guests were treated to a multicourse lunch prepared by chefs Stephan Pyles and Jon Bonnell and served on the concert hall stage. Emcee Quentin McGown explained the culinary roots of each dish, and master sommelier Guy Stout introduced pairings of rare wines. Guests also enjoyed entertainment provided by Fort Worth Opera, the Cliburn, and Texas Boys Choir, and a fashion show by designer Shawn D. Florence.