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Social Eyes: Luncheon will honor women who volunteer

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Northeast Tarrant

The star power of 28 distinguished women will illuminate the amazing accomplishments of volunteers working for area charities at the Shining Stars luncheon hosted by the Arts League on Oct. 25.

Hundreds of people will gather at the Hurst Conference Center for the event, where Nashville recording artist Amy Wilcox will perform during the luncheon. Beforehand, guests will mingle at an elegant reception sipping on cocktails while they browse an exhibit of beautiful original artwork created by local artists and decide which piece will get their bid.

Art collectors, this is a chance to make some nice acquisitions. The 30 pieces can also be previewed online, and advance bidding is available.

According to spokeswoman Candace Hutto, there’s also a small, exclusive silent auction planned with unique items from arts patrons and fine retailers in the community. Bidders can choose from items such as Coach and Michael Kors designer handbags and a Dallas Cowboys helmet autographed by Roger Staubach.

League members Tammy Nakamura and LeAnn Brown have secured five exciting raffle items for the event. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20 — purchase in advance or at the event.

In charge of the event are co-chairwomen Jean Lewis and Judy McClellan and a large supporting cast including Renova Williams, Sharon Mayes, Connie Nichols, Darla Dennison, Lynn Stillman, Suzanne Harrington and Rozanne Holt, to name only a few.

“The Shining Stars Luncheon honors 28 women who have dedicated themselves to volunteerism. It is our pleasure to honor them at this special event,” Lewis said.

After lunch, a live auction will give bidders a chance to buy a cruise, a dinner party on a private rail car, a gold and diamond necklace, a year’s worth of dining at Roanoke’s Classic Cafe, a dinner party catered by Mac’s Steaks & Seafood, or a week’s vacation in Mazatlan, Mexico.

A pre-event champagne and dessert reception for sponsors and honorees is planned for Oct. 20, hosted by sponsor Macy’s at North East Mall, where the art will be on display and juried artist awards will be presented.

The Arts League’s main purpose is to help the Arts Council Northeast fulfill its mission of providing artistic, cultural and educational opportunities for folks living in Northeast Tarrant County cities.

Tickets are $65 per person. Buy in advance at www.shiningstarsartsleague.com/buy-tickets.aspx or contact Sharon Mayes at 817-835-0030 or sharonmayes20@sbcglobal.net.

Welcoming party for historical house in Keller

Hats off to the newly established Old Town Keller Foundation for preserving a piece of the city’s history by getting a 90-year-old house that was donated to the group relocated and repurposed.

The structure, known as the Jarvies House, was on Main Street in the heart of Old Town Keller and was donated to the foundation less than a year after the group formed with the condition that the house be moved by the end of September.

A lot of determination and hard work paid off. The house was moved Monday to Bates Park. Plans call for the house to be named the Wild Rose Heritage Center and to be used as a visitor information center, community event center and museum for area artifacts and history collections.

A house welcoming event at the new location, 133 Bates St., is set for 1-3 p.m. Oct. 20 to raise money and awareness for the project.

Foundation board member Peggy Harrison says: “It will be a casual picnic style event with hot dogs, a variety of salads, drinks and homemade desserts. All of it will be prepared and served by the three ‘Tea Room Divas,’ as we’re being called, from Texas Harvest Pie Co., Rosemary and Thyme and from Cinnamon Sticks.”

People can also bring their own picnic lunches, she said. The cost of the food and beverages is a donation to the foundation, she said.

In the meantime, look for the foundation’s booth at the Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in front of Keller City Hall.

To inquire about the Oct. 20 fundraiser, contact Harrison at 682-225-4551 or peggy@treent.com. Learn more at otkf.org.

Forth Worth

Cowgirl Up

A luncheon and ceremony on Oct. 24 will honor this year’s four inductees into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Pam Minick, herself a Hall of Fame member, will emcee the event at the Will Rogers Memorial Center’s Round Up Inn.

Guests at the luncheon will enjoy a champagne reception while they view a festive bazaar of Western clothing, accessories and gifts. And don’t miss seeing the stunning Western-style centerpieces created by 80 talented designers.

“These inspiring role models are fitting additions to the other 211 extraordinary honorees in the Hall of Fame,” Patricia W. Riley, executive director of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, said in a statement.

The National Cowgirl Museum in Fort Worth honors “women whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience and independence that helped shape the American West.” This is the 38th year for the induction ceremonies.

This year’s honorees include Dr. Eleanor Green, a pioneer for women in equine veterinary medicine; Cathy A. Smith of Santa Fe, N.M., an Emmy-winning costume designer and artist; Mary Walker of Ennis, a champion barrel racer who overcame a life-shattering tragedy and a debilitating injury to become the second-oldest woman, at age 53, to win a world title; and Elizabeth “Lizzie Johnson” Williams (1840‒1924), a rancher and pioneer in bringing women into the cattle-trading world.

Rancher Missy Bonds of Saginaw will receive the Mitzi Lucas Riley Award, which recognizes young professionals who promote and preserve Western heritage in the community through education and volunteerism.

Proceeds benefit the museum. Individual tickets are $125. Make reservations at www.cowgirl.net, or call 817-336-4475.

Kitchens Tour

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, so don’t miss a chance to visit six Fort Worth kitchens whose owners have opened their hearts and their homes to help A Wish With Wings as the organization hosts the second annual Kitchens Tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the exclusive Rivercrest neighborhood.

The beautiful homes on the tour are on Carlton Avenue, Crestline Drive and Alta Drive. Guests will enjoy gourmet tastings from elite eateries and a chance to meet some of Fort Worth’s most famed chefs.

“We are grateful to our generous sponsors, gracious homeowners and acclaimed chefs for making the second annual Kitchens Tour possible. Special thanks to committee chair Laurie Brants and presenting sponsor Brants Realtors for their continuing support,” said Judy Youngs, executive director of A Wish With Wings.

Kitchens Tour’s featured chefs and restaurants include Bistro Louise Catering, Del Frisco’s, Ellerbee Fine Foods, Chef Louise Lamensdorf, Capital Grille, TCB Catering, McKinley’s, Bonnell’s/Waters, JR’s, 360 Catering and Events, Grace, Curren Dodds-Let’s Eat and Michael’s.

All proceeds from this event benefit A Wish With Wings and its mission to grant wishes for Texas children with life-threatening conditions.

Tickets may be bought in advance for $20 each or $25 the day of the event. Make reservations at www.awishwithwings.org or call 817-469-9474.

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