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A delicious meal to support a charity that focuses on nutrition

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Fort Worth

Dinner Party for Life

Here’s a winning combination: a dinner party with a six-course gourmet meal prepared by renowned chefs benefiting a charity that makes nutritious, delicious food available to people combating disease. That’s what the local nonprofit Cuisine for Healing will accomplish with the Dinner Party for Life on July 14.

Guests will gather at the lovely Acme Brick corporate campus to dine on dishes created by top chefs from the area that follow Cuisine for Healing certification guidelines for healthy eating.

Celebrity chefs include Felipe Armenta (from The Tavern and Pacific Table), Curren Dodds (chef at Let’s Eat), Jerrett Joslin (chef at The Wild Mushroom), Kevin Martinez (Toyko Cafe), Brian Olenjack and Ryan Gallagher, (chefs at Olenjack’s Grille) and Sally Schwartz (pastry chef for Tim Love). As each chef’s course is served, it will be paired with a select wine.

Rosie Moncrief is honorary chairwoman of the event. The Star-Telegram’s Bud Kennedy and wife Shelly Seymour will keep things moving as emcees for the evening. Classical guitarist Kevin Townson will entertain guests and keep things festive. Guests can relax in an informal atmosphere and visit with the chefs as well as chat with representatives from Cuisine for Healing to learn more about the outreach food programs.

There’s no auction at the event, but a fun part of the evening comes during a table challenge to see which table can raise the most money during an appeal for anyone wishing to donate to the cause. A terrific prize goes to the winning table. Last year’s winner received an amazing bottle of wine, so the bar has been set high for this year.

Top sponsors of the event are USMD Hospital at Arlington and Whole Foods. “We are so thankful for the ongoing support of Fort Worth’s chef community, our sponsors and all who are taking part in this event to help Cuisine for Healing feed more cancer patients in need,” President Sue Austin said in a release.

A limited number of tickets are available at $125 each. Buy online at www.cuisineforhealing.org/dinnerparty.htm or contact Austin at 817-231-2377.

Northeast Tarrant County

Spirit of philanthropy

Hardworking members of the Greater Keller Women’s Club celebrated the fruits of their labor when they distributed more than $108,000 in grants to Northeast Tarrant nonprofits and scholarships to students at the annual dinner last month at Sky Creek Ranch.

Club President Beth Murray and club foundation president Jana Clarke presided over the happy occasion, where 16 local groups received funding. Charities apply for the grants through the GKWC Foundation, and money is awarded to qualifying organizations.

Congratulations to Advent Urban Youth Development, Battered Women’s Foundation, CASA, Christ’s Haven for Children, Community Enrichment Center, Community Storehouse, Friends of the Keller Library, Holly Bowden Scholarship, Junior Achievement of Chisholm Trail, Love Never Fails International, Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County, Metroport Meals on Wheels, Neuro Assistance Foundation, Safe Haven of Tarrant County, Summer Santa and the Parenting Center.

The crowd cheered loudly for the 14 students from the Keller-area high schools as each was presented a scholarship.

In 18 years, the club has funded grants and scholarships totaling nearly $950,000. Its Garden of Roses spring fashion show, which earned $85,000 this year, is the primary fundraiser and enables the club to continue its philanthropic efforts.

Awards presented to members included the Gladys Barrett Award, which goes to a member for exceptional service. It went to Beth Murray this year.

Always a big moment at this occasion is the announcement of the annual Shining Star, the member who will be honored at the fall Arts League luncheon along with honorees from other local charities. Betsy Thurston is the 2013 Shining Star.

At the ready to guarantee next year’s philanthropy are Gayle Clark and Mimi Catanzaro, who were announced at the 2014 chairwomen of the fashion show.

To learn more about the Greater Keller Women’s Club, visit http://gkwc.org.

The Empowered Woman

Billed as a “power luncheon,” the annual summer event presented by Colleyville Chamber of Commerce is set for July 17 at the Colleyville Center.

It is a chance for local businesswomen to meet and set up displays from their company. Guests love strolling through the exhibits — many of them selling merchandise and services — to get a snapshot of what the Colleyville business community has to offer. Teresa Rutherford is in charge of the event.

A delicious lunch catered by Trio New American Cafe awaits the women as they catch up with friends and colleagues at this fun summer outing. Don’t miss getting a raffle ticket for a chance to win designer handbags, beauty baskets and more.

Guest speaker is Sharon Schieffer Mayes, a director of the Penrose Foundation and retired school administrator. Mayes will “share her life story growing up with brothers Bob and Tom Schieffer and how education empowers women.”

Visit colleyvillechamber.org to make reservations. Tickets for chamber members are $35 and $40 for nonmembers. Call Erin Pedersen at the chamber office at 817-488-7148 with questions.

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