Inspired by the matchless music of the band Chicago, Theatre Arlington has themed its seventh annual gala A Night in the Windy City, and the headliner entertainment will be none other than the great Chicago tribute band 26 or 5 to 4. Its all set for April 12 at the Cacharel Grand Ballroom.The event planning committee, headed by Diane Kinzlmaier, unanimously agreed that last years gala smash hit performer, Michael Hix of Arlington Music Hall fame, should be invited back for an encore performance.When it was discovered that Hix heads a Chicago tribute band that could perform at the event, all the pieces for the party theme and entertainment fell into place. In addition to the great music of Chicago, the band plays a strong mix of classic rock and Motown, said Kinzlmaier.Guests in cocktail attire will enjoy drinks from a cash bar before a seated dinner prepared by the famous Cacharel chef staff. WFAA newsman Jim Douglas will be the host for an evening that will include a live auction.Auction bidders may face stiff competition as paddles are raised to place bids on such luxury items as a suite for a Rangers game, a package of tickets for various local entertainment venues, a package of restaurant gift cards, a wine and wine tasting package and drum roll here private performances by Hix and by Theatre Arlingtons own Todd Hart. Some lucky bidder is going to be a very popular host with this star-quality level of entertainment at his or her private party.Bittersweet is the fact that the gala will be the last one for Hart as executive producer since he leaves his post and relocates to be with family in Las Vegas at the end of April.Fund development officer Kim Lawson says the money raised by the gala help cover the operational expenses for the theater, now in its 40th season. Theatre Arlington is the second-largest and oldest community theater in Tarrant County and operates an outreach program for at-risk students at Thornton and Crow elementary schools along with a summer camp for children in the Arlington school districts Families in Transition Program. The organization produces nine main stage shows a year and operates a year-round theater school.Also serving on the gala event committee are Peter Scott, Shari Kay Bolding, and Beau and Dianne Browne.Reservations for the gala are due by Friday. Contact Lawson at 817-261-9628, ext. 15, or firstname.lastname@example.org to get tickets.Sorority meetingDont forget the information meeting for high school seniors and their parents set for Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Central Library, 101 E. Abram St., concerning sorority recruitment on college campuses.Arlington Alumni Panhellenic Association invites students in Arlington, Mansfield, Grand Prairie and Kennedale to attend. To inquire, contact President Barbara Strong at 817-714-5953 or Barbara348200@yahoo.com.Send RSVPs for the event to tinyurl.com/amrvgxy.Auction for GhanaGhana Initiative for Valued Education, an Arlington-based charity that benefits children in Ghana, West Africa, will have a fundraising auction April 11 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Pantego Lions Clubs Odis Pharr Community Center, 3535 Marathon Drive.GIVE was established in 2006 by Craig Powell, who says the group last year awarded 60 scholarships ranging from elementary school to university for the 2012-13 school year.He said the auction will offer artwork from local artists such as professor David Keens and students from the UT Arlington glass program; sports memorabilia from the Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars, UT Arlington, FC Dallas and Dallas Mavericks; as well as gift certificates from local businesses. Refreshments will be served.Learn more at www.giveghana.org or call Powell at 682-323-5450.Spring into styleA spring style show and luncheon hosted by the Methodist Mansfield Auxiliary is set for April 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Walnut Creek Country Club.The latest spring outfits from Pappagallo Classiques in Fort Worth and Childrens Place in Mansfield will be seen on the runway modeled by Janet Jiron, Sheri Wood, Vicki Scott, Jenny Conrad, Dr. Jeannine Hoang and 10 adorable children.Guests will enjoy a delicious lunch, music and a signature auction including a Las Vegas vacation complete with air miles, a private chef dinner for 10; a wine tasting with Wine Styles and a Studio Seven spa day. Linda Hopton-Jones is the event chairwoman and had lots of assistance from committee members Pam Rudnicki, Carol Romary, Carol Esstman, Lisa Beth Earnest, Dee Lemser and Mary Anne Moore in arranging a wonderful morning to raise money for womens services at the hospital. We are very excited to be hosting our first spring style show and luncheon, said Hopton-Jones. The support we have received from the community has been overwhelming.Get tickets ($30 each) at the hospital gift shop, 2700 E. Broad St., or email Hoptonjones@sbcglobal.net.
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