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Social Eyes: Carroll Education Foundation has new date, venue for Culinary Celebration

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Changes in day, date and venue — all at once — usually make event planners nervous. For mature and popular events, the conventional wisdom says to keep repeating what works.

Fearless, the Carroll Education Foundation has chosen Sept. 7 as the date for this year’s Culinary Celebration. Unfazed that they were moving from a Sunday to a Saturday and a month earlier than before, organizers also boldly chose a new site: the Hilton in Southlake Town Square.

Foundation Executive Director Kacy Hankins says guests will love the change and will enjoy the new timing and location. “We are so excited to have it in Southlake this year. We’re kicking off the school year with the CEF event,” Hankins said.

All the traditional offerings of the Culinary Celebration will still await guests, who can expect to enjoy another marvelous evening of fun. After cocktails, they will face the challenge of choosing which among the scrumptious specialty entrees prepared by more than 20 chefs from upscale restaurants that they will sample. I shamelessly confess that I usually enjoy a serving from every single one.

Kim Villanueva is in charge of the event with help from committee members Mimi Tran, Shelly Powell, Chuck Koskovich, Sarah Mason, David Parrish, Lisa Quinn, Sheila Halliman, Danny Gilpin, Dana Lewin, Mike Hutchison and Kimberly Orosco. They’ve chosen green, black and white as the backdrop for the Southlake Dragon theme.

A dazzling assembly of restaurants will have top chefs serve a signature dish at each station around the room. They include Aleda’s Pizza, Bayou Jack’s Cajun Grill, Brio Tuscan Grille, FnG Eats, Forest Park Medical Center Cafe, eatZi’s, Great Wolf Lodge, Jack & Grill, Kirby’s, Mi Dia From Scratch, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Patrizio’s, Rockfish, Silver Fox and Truluck’s.

Auctioneer Bill Vaughn will guide bidding on impressive live auction items including a lease of a different Lexus each month for a year. Title sponsor Park Place Lexus has donated the cars. A wine country vacation with golf in California will be another item to get bidders excited.

Guests will have a busy night as they participate in a wine pull, a jewelry pull hosted by Grayson Allen Fine Jewelers and a silent auction.

On the big board, bidders will try to win private dinner parties with wine pairings donated by the chefs along with sports memorabilia, concert tickets and weekend getaways. The lucky winner of a raffle will win a $1,000 shopping spree at Southlake Town Square. Rick Kolster will do the honors as emcee.

This is the 17th year for the event, which raises money to support students and teachers in Carroll schools. “Teachers receive grants from CEF for innovative ideas that will enhance the learning experience of students. Students can also receive scholarships their senior year from CEF,” said Hankins, reporting that last year’s event raised more than $220,000.

Tickets are $100 each or $150 a couple. Get them at www.southlakecef.org/tickets.aspx or at any Carroll school or the door. Questions? Call Hankins at 817-949-5982.


Health & Wellness Girls Night Out

The Women’s Alliance of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Girls Night Out on Sept. 10 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and is inviting all businesswomen in the community.

Alliance member Beth Owens said, “It is not limited to chamber members and will be a wonderful evening of networking, tips on health and wellness, and then we take our seats to enjoy the Rangers together.”

Registration and networking begin at 3:30 p.m. Participants will have a chance to meet representatives from companies including Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, Medical Center Arlington, Women’s Health Services, Kleiman/Evangelista Eye Center, Rodan & Fields Dermatologists, aRoundJoy at the HoopShack, Arlington Cancer Center, Baylor Outpatient Rehabilitation, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, Joanie Pace DynaMaxx and SafeHaven.

Guests will enjoy presentations at 4:30 p.m. by Dr. Keith Meister, Rangers team physician and director of sports medicine at Medical Center Arlington, and Dr. Kiran Nangrani, OB-GYN at Women’s Health Services and Texas Health Arlington Memorial.

A lovely dinner will allow time for more networking from 6 till the Rangers take the field at 7:05 p.m. to play the Pirates.

Alliance member Letatia Teykl said: Wear a tiara, and you might get on TV and on the [giant video screen] at the ballpark. We will have a ball.”

Abbi Miller is in charge of the event. Call her at 817-472-4944 with questions. Tickets for dinner, game and all activities are $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers. Supply is limited, so reserve early.

To register, call the chamber office at 817-275-2613 or go to www.arlingtontx.com.

Fort Worth

The heART of Gold awards

The Arts Council of Fort Worth announced that it will honor a man and woman with the heART of Gold award for outstanding achievements and contributions to the Fort Worth arts community at a luncheon Sept. 18 at the Fort Worth Club.

“As part of the arts council’s 50th-anniversary year, the board decided they would like to launch the organization into the next 50 years in ways that celebrated where we had come from and all of the important people in Fort Worth who have worked and supported the arts all these years,” President Jody Ulich said.

Nominations were submitted in July for people who have a history of involvement in local arts and cultural activities. The winners will be announced at an award ceremony after the luncheon.

Funds raised will enable the council to continue grants to arts organizations in Fort Worth. Tickets are $75; reservations are due by Sept. 12.

Contact jody@artscouncilfw.org or visit www.artsfortworth.org.

The Main Table

No better time of year than September to dine alfresco, and it only gets better when the dining table stretches three full blocks down the middle of Main Street in downtown Fort Worth.

On Sept. 8, a cozy little group of 500 will gather to enjoy an endless steak dinner on Main between Sixth and Ninth streets. The matchless fun and ambiance will be splendidly complemented with mouthwatering selections from flagship eateries Del Frisco’s, Grace, Reata, Ruth’s Chris and the Capital Grille.

Making all the arrangements are Steering Committee members Henry and Becky Borbolla, Greg Kalina, Adam Jones, Bill Curci, Gloria Sterling and Mike Micallef.

Proceeds will support Downtown Forth Worth Inc.’s downtown advocacy efforts, research publications, the 10-year strategic action plan and special events.

Tickets are $125 per person; reservations are due by Sept. 2. Call Becky Fetty at 817-870-1692 or email her at beckyf@dfwi.org.

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