Company has big dreams for Fort Worth

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A Florida entertainment company is planning some fireworks for Fort Worth on Saturday — both liter-ally and figuratively.

The Dream Vision Co. will stage a concert with fireworks near the convention center to announce that it will build an 80,000-square-foot studio and office facility and relocate its 30-employee headquarters here from Orlando.

Company officials, who include former Walt Disney Co. executives, say they will also unveil plans for “expansive development” of family-oriented entertainment, including films, amusement parks and resorts, and music.

Rick Silanskas, Dream Vision’s CEO and founder, told us “the company was formed to return to a clear picture of family entertainment” with inspirational and “hope-based” themes.

Thus far, Dream Vision has had limited visibility in the market, with an animated short to its credit and various event productions. But Silanskas said the company has developed a proprietary animation technique that he calls “the next level” of computer-generated imagery, or CGI.

The company has received some financial backing from a group of Fort Worth investors, said Doug Jennings, a real estate developer with the William C. Jennings Co. He said he met Silanskas just over a year ago and is working to firm up Dream Vision’s plans for its facility, which he expects to take about another six months.

We’ll learn more on Saturday. The event, which is free, is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in the area north of the Fort Worth Convention Center arena. Several musical groups, including The Drifters, are scheduled, along with the fireworks, set to an original score composed by Silanskas.

Award for law firm

Kelly Hart & Hallman, a prominent Fort Worth-based law firm, will receive the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s Chairman’s Spirit of Enterprise Award.

It is the first time a law firm has been honored since the award was initiated in 1975.

“Kelly Hart & Hallman has stood with Fort Worth and Tarrant County through thick and thin, always bringing their considerable expertise to the public or private sector when legal help has been needed and serving as a model of civic involvement,” said Chamber President and CEO Bill Thornton, in a statement.

The law firm was founded in 1979 and has grown to 257 employees. It also has an Austin office. The firm represents many leading Fort Worth families and Fortune 500 companies.

Its lawyers are encouraged to devote 50 hours annually to pro bono work and to participate in charitable and civic organizations, the chamber said. Some of those groups have included CASA of Tarrant County, Downtown Fort Worth Inc., Habitat for Humanity, Leadership Fort Worth, Lena Pope Home, Safe City Commission, Tarrant County Women’s Center and the Van Cliburn Foundation.

Managing partner Dee Kelly Jr. said the firm is “excited, surprised and grateful” for the award.

“It means that we’re doing a few things right,” he said in a news release.

Added founding partner Dee Kelly, “We’ve been blessed to have wonderful clients and people from the very beginning.”

The firm will be honored at the chamber’s annual meeting Friday, June 14.

Camp El Tesoro renovations

On Saturday, Camp Fire First Texas in Fort Worth will unveil work that has been done so far under a $10.7 million campaign launched five years ago to renovate and rebuild its 80-year-old Camp El Tesoro in Granbury.

The group has raised $7.8 million through foundations and corporate giving. On Saturday, it opens a new, air-conditioned dining hall for 275 diners and will launch the public portion of the campaign to raise the remaining $2.9 million.

In addition to the dining hall, which has been built in the newly designated center of the camp, a health house, multi-purpose sports court and a new entrance and road into camp has been completed.

In 2010, a new high and low ropes challenge course was completed and last year, a 12,500-square-foot equestrian center was added.

Money has been raised to build eight cabins, a welcome and outdoor education center and an arts village. Christy Jones, Camp Fire’s marketing manager, said those projects will be started this fall following summer camps.

Also planned are an additional 15 cabins, pool expansion, staff housing road and hiking trail improvements and an office and camp store.

Camp El Tesoro is a 223-acre camp on the De Cordova bend of the Brazos River. Camp Fire first purchased 90 acres in 1934 and added the additional acreage after World War II.

Camps start June 9 and run for eight weeks.

The event starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. To attend make a reservation with Camp Fire at CampFireFW.org or at 817-806-5451.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 sabaker@star-telegram.com Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 jfuquay@star-telegram.com Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718 barry@star-telegram.com

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