No photo finish necessary here, this event was definitely a winner!May 4 was the annual Triple Crown Affair at Lone Star Park benefiting the Arts Council Northeast, and clearly if you couldn’t make it to Churchill Downs this was the place to be.Just like at the Kentucky Derby, hats were the preferred accessory. From the classic straw to the elaborate ones decorated with feathers and such.Fonda Martin showed her support for the day by sporting a full brim chapeau with a rhinestone “F” prominently displayed on the brim while Earlene Garvey went for the full fashion experience wearing a beautiful green hat adorned with flowers that would have made any milliner jealous.Rebecca Barksdale proved that this event wasn’t just about being stylish from the top down; she started with her toes by showing off her Turkish green nail polish that was a perfect match to her shoes and dress. Now that took some shopping talent!This event is about more than showing off your flair and watching horses run for prize money, this was about raising money that helps to bring the more than 80 free MasterWorks programs to the area, as well as helping fund the more than 295 full and partial scholarships to Summer Arts College. Then there is the more than $1.4 million that the Arts League, in partnership with the Texas Commission on the Arts, has given away in grants to various organizations and individuals in our area.This event is about serious fund raising and by the abundant silent and live auction items; this organization showed it wasn’t new at this.More than 300 attendees wined and dined — then wined again (my kind of event) — as they bid on auction items and bet on the ponies. Clearly by the laughter and the cheering in the room, many of those bets paid off. However, I must add that anyone who attended this event walked away a winner. It was that good.Talk about being off and running!Colleyville resident Valerie Holloway Skinner is helping launch the new Laureate Society of the Tarrant Area, an exclusive organization of the American Cancer Society.Ms. Skinner is serving as the first-ever chair of the group, which honors major individual contributors who have invested in the organization. Other area residents who are members include Ms. Skinner’s husband, Mark Skinner, Debbie and Steve Bryant, Ellen and Steven Sterin, and Zoe and Mark Kirby.The group toasted the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday at a recent private reception in the Fort Worth home of fellow members, Margaret and Darrell Hawkins, with Dr. James K.V. Willson, director of the Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center. The American Cancer Society, known as the Official Sponsor of Birthdays, will celebrate its 100th on May 22.For information on joining the Laureate Society, named for the 46 American Cancer Society-funded researchers who have won the Nobel Prize for their work, call Larry Mundt at 817-570-0614CQ or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.