Fort WorthSteeplechase Ball’s 100th yearCelebrating 100 years, the Steeplechase Ball, set Nov. 9, will honor five debutantes and will return to River Crest Country Club after 50 years at Ridglea Country Club.As part of the special anniversary celebration, the event will also honor its most senior debutantes, the Golden Debs. “Our Golden Debs originally appeared at balls in years 1941 through 1952. There were no debs during WWII years of 1942, 1943, 1944, and 1945,” said member Patrick W. Ferchill. Serving on the 100th anniversary committee are Chairman Bill Ratliff IV, David M. Beyer, Patrick W. Ferchill, Joseph J. Minton and Charles H. Webster. Brooke K. Lively is in charge of the anniversary book. The Steeplechase Club, according to Ferchill, was founded in 1913 as a young, single men’s organization to honor the queen of the horse show with an elaborate ball at which daughters of prominent families across Texas participated as princesses in the queen’s court. Later, the Assembly debutantes were also honored at the event, a practice which continues today. Even though the horse show ended around 1930, the club continues to annually honor the Assembly debutantes. About 16 Golden Debs will be recognized at the 100th anniversary ball. Ferchill said a 100th year album is being compiled, and the original portraits of the Golden Debs showing the dress, hairstyle and flowers of the period will be included. “We hope to have about 6-10 of our senior ladies attend the ball. Unfortunately, some others have health issues that prevent long travel and appearances, but all have been very excited about their inclusion in the book,” Ferchill said.Congratulations to the board leaders recently chosen to serve: Watt Pendleton Stephens, president; officers Christopher Glenn Darden, Crawford Hearne Edwards, and Hunter Lansden Brown. Edward Cantey Ferchill will serve as chairman of the board .The names of this year’s debutantes will be announced later this year. To inquire, contact the debutante director Kay Murphey at 817-732-6144. A Wish With Wings exec goes globalCongratulations to Fort Worth-based A Wish With Wings Executive Director Judy Youngs on her recent election as president of the Association of Wish Granting Organizations (AWGO) at a meeting last month in Bethlehem, Penn.This is the first time a Fort Worth executive has held the office. Youngs said she is excited about serving in the role. Established in 1995, the AWGO sets standards for the efforts of independent wish-granting organizations around the world that serve those facing chronic, life-threatening and terminal illnesses.Youngs said, “Today, 18 organizations throughout the U.S., Canada and the UK are active members of AWGO … setting the standards of wish-granting throughout the world.” Learn more at www.awgo.org or for details about the local unit, visit www.awishwithwings.org or call Youngs at 817-469-9474. Northeast Tarrant County Haltom Back to School Fair Hundreds of Birdville district elementary and middle school students and their families will flock to the fourth annual Back to School Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 27 at Haltom High School. The family-friendly fair offers health screenings, food, music and more to guests at the festive event.Parks and Recreation Director Tom Henry said: “We will be offering low or no- cost immunizations this year for up to 200 children, along with free vision and dental screenings. And there are free hot dogs, drinks and chips to all attendees.”The first 1,000 elementary and middle school students through the door will receive free backpacks. And be sure to polish up those smiles because free family photos are available to all families attending. Guests at the fair always enjoy strolling through exhibits set up by sponsors, area businesses and social service providers to get important information on resources available to local families.There’s still room for exhibitors to sign up for the fair, but the deadline is July 17. A background check must be completed with the Birdville school district before the vendor application can be processed. The cost is $125 nonprofits and $250 for-profit. Call Christi Pruitt at 817-831-6471 to inquire.“Community sponsors are needed to provide these services and to provide every child a backpack and school supplies,” said Henry. Sponsoring one child costs $50, and additional sponsorship levels are available. Volunteers to assist at the event are also needed. To inquire, contact Henry at 817-831-6464 or email him at email@example.com. Arlington College Shower for Girls Inc. ScholarsThe folks at Girls Inc. of Tarrant County continue with their quest to make girls “strong, smart and bold” with the recognition of local high school students chosen as two of the 2013 Girls Inc. National Scholars. Each of the girls won a $20,000 scholarship to help her begin her post-secondary education.At a College Shower at Joe T. Garcia’s La Puertita on Aug. 1, the senior scholastic honorees will be feted with many of the essentials they will need as they head off to college in the fall.Girls Inc. spokesperson Carroll Burney says donations will provide the shower gifts. For example, a computer and software can be purchased with a $1,000 donation; or $500 will buy one semester’s books. A donation of $100 could buy dorm room essentials and $50 could go a long way in purchasing school supplies.In charge of the College Shower is Ellen Ray with help from Ginger Baker, Ann-Maree Harrison, Janee Harrell, Danielle McKinney, Sharon Mullarkey, Lisa Salinas, Deborah Su and a host of other committee members.There is no admission fee for the shower, but donations are requested to help build the Girls Inc. Scholarship Fund. To make reservations or make a donation, contact Amy Rasor at 817-468-0306.