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Social Eyes: Boxing at the Ballroom will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs

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A Fort Worth summer tradition since 2000, the 14th edition of Boxing at the Ballroom is set for Friday in the beautiful grand ballroom at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel.

Elegantly attired guests will arrive to valet parking and be ushered upstairs for a gracious welcome by the hosts, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth.

Ladies, don’t assume that you wouldn’t enjoy a party that includes people throwing punches. And gentlemen, don’t make the mistake of thinking the lady in your life won’t like an event that includes a fight card. I can say from experience that the novelty of this event is what makes it surprisingly fun and exciting.

Ringside seating will give everyone a good vantage point to see the professional pugilists in a slugfest. They might be on the ropes or down for the count, rolling with the punches or getting a knockout (oops … jargon overload). Cocktails, a fabulous steak dinner, a separate area to enjoy hand-rolled cigars and a chance to visit with friends are also on the agenda.

The “$5,000 Knockout” will keep guests on the edge of their seats as they continue to check the video screens to see whether their number has been knocked out of the competition. Entries cost $50.

A hilarious part of the night is when the guests holding the last five numbers come onstage and negotiate whether to split the pot or let the winner take all.

Live auction swag includes a Harley-Davidson bike, a jukebox, a week’s stay in a Florida vacation home, a Fox Sports Southwest behind-the-scenes Rangers package, a WinStar golf/casino package and overnight stays at Horseshoe Bossier City in Louisiana and Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla.

A silent auction will feature stays at the Omni and Worthington, dinner at Del Frisco’s, an original Sky Jones painting, Bass Hall tickets, sporting event suites and sports memorabilia including an Emmitt Smith-autographed Hall of Fame photo.

A large committee headed by Scott Price includes Catherine Almaraz, Ish Arebalos, Robin Coleman Mitchell, Stuart Denyer, Cedric James, Jim Odom, Harriet Burrow Shields, Christ Steele, Jay Stegall and Daryl Walker to randomly name a few.

“I’ve been proud to chair Boxing at the Ballroom for the past few years,” Price said. “The event has raised millions for Boys & Girls Clubs, an organization that is close to my heart. This year’s event is special as we are remembering Mr. Scott Sherman, a Boxing at the Ballroom founder and a former boxer and member at the club. Mr. Sherman helped shaped the event into what it is today.”

As Jeff Zimmerman wrote for Boxing News: “Knockout artist and rising Dallas star light welterweight Maurice ‘Mighty Mo’ Hooker (10-0-1, 8KO) will headline Paulie Ayala Productions ‘Boxing at the Ballroom.’ Exciting super middleweight Samuel ‘The Main Event’ Clarkson (7-2, 5KO) will fight in the co-main event.

“There will be one MMA fight on the card that will showcase John Paul Bonansinga vs Joshua Coronado. Other notable boxers include Bryan Jones, Atlay Miranda and De Anthony Bonner plus female Leticia Price in separate bouts.”

Tickets are $300 each and tables of 10 start at $3,000. Funds raised will help the Boys & Girls Clubs continue programs serving economically disadvantaged youths.

To make reservations, call Christi Langas at 817-834-4711 or visit www.FortWorthKids.org.

Women’s Equality Day luncheon set for Friday

To celebrate the phenomenal progress of women in politics since that important date of Aug. 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment was ratified and gave women the right to vote, a Women’s Equality Day luncheon is planned.

The event Friday at the City Club, 301 Commerce St., will be presented by the Tarrant County League of Women Voters and hosted by Shivaun M. Palmer, founder of the Women’s Broadcasting Network, a multimedia company producing programming for women.

A panel discussion will feature Eva Bonilla (Hispanic Women’s Network), Deborah Peoples (chairwoman of the Tarrant County Democratic Party), Jennifer Hall (chairwoman of the Tarrant County Republican Party) and Mary Beth Garcia (women’s-rights activist).

Reservations are due today. Tickets are $35 each or $300 for a table of ten.

Call 817-348-8683 or email lwvtarrantcounty@sbcglobal.com to inquire.

Brothers’ photos on display in Northeast Tarrant

Tarrant County’s “first family” of photographers, the Swartz brothers — David, John, and Charles — captured thousands of images of Fort Worth life from 1880 through the early 20th century. An exhibit of their work is on display at the Haltom City Public Library all month.

Noted historian Richard F. Selcer and genealogist Donna Donnell have collaborated to assemble an exhibit of nearly 50 photos by the brothers.

Perhaps best-known in the Swartzes’ collection is the photo of the Wild Bunch picturing Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

A special Night at the Library at 7 p.m. Thursday will feature a discussion, book-signing and exhibit tour led by Selcer. The event is presented by the Friends of the Library.

To inquire, call the library at 817-222-7787. The library is at 4809 Haltom Road.

Arlington Back-2-School Barbershop Bash

The ninth annual Back-2-School Barbershop Bash benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Art of Barbering & Beauty Salon, 1100 E. Bardin Road.

The mission is to provide backpacks, school supplies and free haircuts to kids who are part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program (either actively or on a waiting list) and attend school in the Arlington or Mansfield school district. Siblings and friends are also welcome.

RSVP is required. Contact Geoffrey Mitchell at 817-692-0288 or geoffrey@mpacgroup.com.

‘I Have a Dream’ 50 years later

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, an event at is planned for 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at First Christian Church (910 S. Collins St.).

Guests will see a replay of King’s speech and enjoy a panel discussion featuring W. Marvin Dulaney, history professor at the University of Texas at Arlington; Keri Day, theology professor at Brite Divinity School at TCU; and Jeanne Muldrew, Arlington school district discipline coordinator.

First Christian Church musicians and singers will provide music.

To inquire, contact Senior Pastor Andy Mangum at 817-277-2634.

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