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Social Eyes: Lots of opportunities to give back this month

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A night run has a certain mystique that’s very appealing. That’s why the Community Storehouse Run in the Dark has steadily grown in popularity for the past 13 years. A brand new and larger venue — Fort Worth Alliance Airport — will welcome runners and walkers for this year’s event Sept. 21.

The Community Storehouse invites families, schools, companies, church groups and other organizations to join the fun. The school with the highest attendance and participation will win the Storehouse Cup, and the largest team from a business or group will take home the coveted Community Cup.

The night promises lots of entertainment and activities even for those who don’t enter the 5K run or 1K walk. Attendees will enjoy strolling among the exhibits set up at the airport and have a chance to chat with representatives from various healthcare providers and hospitals, the Community Storehouse retail stores Upscale Resale and Hopes Closet and other vendors.

Live entertainment from Jason Nix and his band, All Is Beautiful, will be a big hit with the crowd. And food trucks Bombay Street Food, Life Is Sweet, What’s Cook-N-Chef, Sauzys and Suga Shack will serve up a variety of options for almost any taste.

Funds raised help Community Storehouse assist children in the Keller and Northwest school districts during times of crisis to provide medical care, clothing, shelter, literacy programs and counseling.

“Please come out and help support the children in our community. We are excited about the best route in 14 years including a leg on the Fort Worth Alliance Airport runway,” said Executive Director Barbara Board.

The 1K starts at 7 p.m., the 5K at 7:45. Food trucks begin serving at 5 p.m. An awards ceremony after the run will recognize top finishers in various age categories, and the first 1,000 finishers will receive a glow-in-the-dark wristband.

Register at www.communitystorehouse.org. Individual registration is $27 adults and $22 youths under 18. Teams with 10 or more members receive a discounted price of $20. Direct questions to 817-431-3340.


Revvin’ for the Ribbon

Mark the calendar for Sept. 21 at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie for a benefit concert to raise money for breast surgery patients.

Taking the stage will be rock band 360 South and popular disco band LeFreak. And a special guest appearance by Mrs. Texas International Michelle Berndt, a breast cancer survivor, is an added attraction.

The fun begins with a motorcycle rally through Dallas-Fort Worth. The finish line for riders is at QuikTrip Park where an expo featuring vendors in the breast cancer community will be set up before the concert begins. Other attractions are a silent auction and split-the-pot raffle. Music begins at 2 p.m., and the party winds down around 6 p.m.

The event is presented by the Ultimate Healing Kit, a nonprofit organization started by Mansfield businesswoman and TCU graduate Jenny Conrad. Her company, Conrad Creative, developed a kit to assist women and men preparing to undergo breast surgery to promote healing in comfort and dignity by having the proper equipment after their surgery. Funds raised help provide the healing kits to breast surgery patients.

Details at www.revvinfortheribbon.com or call 682-422-3973.

Fort Worth

Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure

For those who appreciate a beautiful ride, don’t miss the amazing car show set for Sept. 21 in downtown Fort Worth. A spectacular array of hot rods, street rods, exotic cars, trucks, customized rides, antique and classic cars, and motorcycles will line Main Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event promotes awareness of and a cure for prostate cancer. All proceeds are donated to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth to help fund its mobile testing units and to the University of North Texas Health Science Center to help fund research.

In the past 11 years, the event has provided free screenings and exams for more than 1,000 men attending the car show. Again this year, medical professionals will be on hand in the screening tents behind the stage on Fifth Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide free screenings.

Event organizer Chris Goetz and a slew of dedicated volunteers have lined up a day of live entertainment and other activities. Stick around for the awards presentation where the Best of Show will take home a $500 cash prize. Winners of the Mayor’s Choice, Fast & Furious and People’s Choice awards will also be announced.

To inquire, call Goetz at 817-336-3366 or visit www.cowtowncruisinforacure.org.

North Texas Giving Day is Thursday

Don’t forget to donate to your favorite charity on Thursday through the Communities Foundation of North Texas on North Texas Giving Day.

Since 2009, the nonprofit has given millions of dollars to charities through the Donor Bridge fundraising event, which lets contributors make online donations from 7 a.m. to midnight on a designated day.

Donations of $25 or more can be made to more than 1,000 certified nonprofits. According to the event website, “Those donations will be amplified by more than $1.5 million dollars in bonus funds and prizes.”

Go to www.DonorBridgeTX.org and type in the name of your organization or do a category search to help your favorite cause.

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