Russell Maryland, former Dallas Cowboys player and three-time Super Bowl champion, is the keynote speaker at the May 16 Champions for Kids noon luncheon at the Arlington Convention Center.Hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington, this is the fifth year for the annual fundraiser well known for featuring such celebrities as LaDainian Tomlinson, Nolan Ryan and Roger Staubach at past events.A big moment at the occasion is the presentation of the Champion of Youth Award, this year going to Burlington Northern Santa Fe for the extraordinary support the company has given to the youth served by the agency.In charge of the event is Mark A. Caffey with help from co-chair Steve Hambrick and committee members Gerald Alley; Amber Chacko; Linda Dipert; Don Illingworth; John Landry; Judy Rupay and Tamara Sample.“This is an opportunity to learn how important the Boys & Girls Clubs are in shaping the futures of these kids. I know it because I grew up in the Arlington Boys Club,” said Caffey.Individual tickets are $60 or sponsor a table for $1,000. To make reservations, call Michael Gonzales at 817-275-6551 x 228.AWARE banquetFifty-three outstanding educators will be honored at the AWARE Foundation banquet on May 9 at the UT Arlington Bluebonnet Ballroom.AWARE stands for Arlington Will Award and Recognize (Educational) Excellence, and the Foundation has honored more than 200 educators from Arlington schools during the past two decades with cash awards exceeding $350,000.The May 9 event will present a total of $15,000 in cash awards to five winners and five runners-up in various grade level categories from prekindergarten through high school.Each January, the Foundation invites anyone in the community to nominate an exemplary teacher to be considered for the AWARE Award of Excellence. The foundation then appoints a selection committee comprised of folks in the community to observe nominated teachers in their classroom to enable them to choose winners based on award criteria.According to selection committee chairwoman Jeannine Calhoon all 53 educators nominated this year will be recognized at the event.Always an audience favorite are the interesting presentations by last year’s award winners.“The involvement of this community in observing teachers and selecting our winners is awesome. It will be entertaining to hear last year's winners speak about what winning this award has meant to them,” said banquet chairwoman Ouida Garner.AWARE president Bonnie Harmon said the community is invited to attend and enjoy an event solely focused on highlighting great teachers. To make a reservation, call Garner at 817-277-5726. Learn more at www. awarefoundation. comBe Inspired at Hand in Hand LuncheonThe headline speaker is John O’Leary at the May 10 Hand in Hand luncheon at the Arlington Hilton Hotel benefiting Arlington-based agency Helping Restore Ability.O’Leary will have the audience spellbound as he tells his inspiring story of remarkable recovery from burns over 100 percent of his body and his journey through adversity to graduate from college and become a business owner, husband, father, and philanthropist.The winner of the Sam Provence Award for a person who has gone the extra mile in advocating for people with disabilities will be announced at the event. A silent auction also will offer lots of goodies including a weekend’s use of a Lexus; a $100 Neiman Marcus gift card; four Texas Rangers Suite tickets; and two weekly grounds season badges to the Crown Plaza Invitational Colonial Golf Tournament among other great gifts.Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck is chairman of the event with help from executive director Vicki Niedermayer; Linda Fulmer; April Harris; Corbett Nichter; and Donna Darovich to randomly name only a few from a large committee of dedicated volunteers.Tickets are $100 and funds raised help HRA continue to provide personal attendant care for people with disabilities. To make reservations, contact Jennifer Watelski at 817-469-1977.Learn more at www.hratexas.orgParade call for entriesWith a theme like “Emblems of the Land I Love,” who wouldn’t be inspired to do something patriotic? And there’s no better way to show that pride in your country than to enter the July Fourth parade. The deadline for early entries is May 16. June Owens, Fourth of July Association president, said this year’s parade is dedicated to the “Educators of Arlington.” A diligent group of volunteer organizers have been busy for months planning this year’s event, one of the largest in North Texas. Other officers are Mack McKee, Roxanne Thalman, and Dell Shilling.The entry fee is $25 for early entries received by May 16, and $50 for late entries (accepted May 17-June 1). Learn more by emailing email@example.com or get the scoop at www.arlington4th.org.
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