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Colleyville Woman’s Club recognizes outstanding volunteers

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Northeast Tarrant

CWC = Caring With Commitment = Colleyville Woman’s Club

With 15 years of practice, the members of the Colleyville Woman’s Club are pros at shining a light on achievement at their annual Caring With Commitment luncheon. The focus at the May 23 event at The Colleyville Center was on awarding grants to local non-profits and presenting scholarships to deserving students. Equally important were the awards for volunteer service and saying thanks to supporters of CWC.

Master of Ceremonies Scott Murray hosted the occasion where more than $100,000 in grants and scholarships were presented to 25 area charities and nine outstanding students from five Northeast Tarrant schools. The club has raised more than $2.5 million to support worthy causes since it was founded in 1978.

In charge of the event was Sue Howery, while Amy Dowell led the committee in charge of grants and Nancy Coplen managed youth recognition.

Congratulations to Amber Friend; Anh Nguyen; Meghan Patel; Alison Janet Savage and Merideth Wiethoff on receiving the Circle of Hope Scholarships. Joseph Harler from Bridges Accelerated Learning Center received the CWC Dick Dennison Memorial Scholarship.

Kudos to these students who received the Spirit of Youth volunteerism grants for 4 years of exemplary volunteer service in high school: Derrick Cleveland; Amber Friend; Ritisha Gupta; Margaret Ruth Morris; and Lauren Waters.

Youth Volunteer Service awards went to 10 students who join the nearly 750 who have been recognized since the club established the award in 1995. The 16-city program is open to children ages 5-19 for exceptional hands-on, unpaid volunteer service.

CWC’s highest award for youth volunteerism is the President’s Award. Amber Friend, Grapevine-Colleyville Heritage High School, and Heather Meyer, L. D. Bell High School, recieved the award that is given in conjunction with President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award.

A video presentation highlighted 10 local businesses as representatives from each company accepted the Community Partner plaques on stage in recognition of their organization’s support and donations to CWC. The Member Partner award went to three club members for their company’s donations to the organization.

Paula McCollough received the annual Spirit of CWC award, which is given to recognize a member’s exceptionally positive presence within CWC and throughout the community. The Regency Award, honoring members for long-term service to the club, went to Deanne Brown, Kathy Hoshi, and Lee Koch.

Check out www.c-w-c.org to see the charities receiving grants and for details on how to apply for funds and other awards.

Southlake Chamber Celebrates MVPs

With a fun tailgate party theme, the annual Southlake Chamber Awards Banquet will be upbeat and casual. Slated for June 20 at the Marriott Solana in Westlake, the yearly party will present awards for Citizen, Volunteer, Small Business and Corporate Business of the Year.

Guests will enjoy dinner and cocktails while shopping at a silent auction. Prizes for the best athletic sports attire and for the best decorations on themed tables will be a highlight of the evening’s light-hearted festivities.

Featured guest at the event is Bob Ortegel, sports analyst for Fox Sports Southwest and veteran analyst for the Dallas Mavericks.

Tickets are $75 each. Contact the chamber office at 817-481-8200 to make reservations.

Fort Worth

More than a race, Joe’s Run offers a “parrot-dise” beach party after the 5K and 10K through the streets of downtown Fort Worth is over. And it’s for a good cause –the Samaritan House, which provides housing and resources for those living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs.

It all happens on Saturday at the Panther Pavilion located at the river’s edge at 395 Purcey St. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. until the races begin at 8 a.m.

After the run, thousands of participants will form a limbo line behind mascot Joe the Parrot in hopes of breaking the world record for the largest limbo dance. Event organizers say the existing Guiness record “stands at 1,208 people.”

According to a news announcement, “While the reggae band Watusi gets the party jammin’, runners will enjoy pineapple/mango sliders and breakfast burritos from Z’s Café, tamales from Padrino Foods, wine tastings from Rex-Goliath, and a few brews from the local Rahr & Sons Brewery.”

Join the fun wearing your tropical shirts, leis and bright running shoes as runners-turned-partygoers shake their tail feathers at this colorful island-themed summertime event. Details at http://www.joesrunfw.com or call 817-332-6410, x165.


Symphony Book Fair

A musical instrument petting zoo is part of the fun at Symphony Arlington’s Book Fair at the Barnes & Noble store located at The Parks Mall at 3881 S. Cooper on Wednesday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m.

Kids will also enjoy a story time before a professional symphony musician performs for the young audience. Barnes & Noble will donate a portion of the day’s book sales to Symphony Arlington. If you can’t attend, help out by visiting http://www.bn.com/bookfairsand enter ID 11050945 when you checkout with your purchase.

To inquire, contact Bethany Thomey at 817-385-0484.

HRA Names Award Winners

Congratulations to Doug Warner and Duy Le on receiving the Sam Provence Award from Arlington-based non-profit Helping Restore Ability at its annual fundraising luncheon last month. The agency provides in-home support for people with disabilities.

Warner coaches the seven-time world champion University of Texas at Arlington wheelchair basketball team. Le is the director of autism services and applied behavior analysis at the Child Study Center in Fort Worth.

The award is named for Sam Provence, the primary founder of Helping Restore Ability, who is recognized for advocating for people with disabilities.

Warner’s research on the benefits of sports participation for students with disabilities and the free sports clinics he established for children with disabilities were noted in his nomination.

Securing millions of dollars in grants to provide therapy for low income children and his research on problem behaviors were cited in Le’s award.

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