Talk about hitting the finish line with success.The North Texas Walk for PKD benefiting the national PKD Foundation, which is dedicated to finding treatments and a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), was held recently at Rustin City Park in front of City Hall at Southlake Town Square. Carolyn Morris and a team of volunteers worked to make this year’s fundraiser a success. And it clearly paid off. A record-breaking crowd donated more than $79,000 to the cause, exceeding the group’s target goal. The money will be donated to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation for research, education and awareness. The disease affects 600,000 Americans and has no cure. Well done all.Celebrity ChefsGet your calendar out.The date has been set and co-chairs Tara Hutchins-Welsh and Katie White are getting down to work on the 8th Annual Mid-Cities Supporters of SafeHaven Celebrity Chefs 2014. The event is slated for 6-10 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Hurst Conference Center at 1601 Campus Drive, in Hurst. This year’s event, themed “Step Into New Lives,” will once again raise much needed money for the child victims of domestic violence. Honestly, this is one of my favorite events. And I have even been known to cut a getaway trip short just so I could be in town and not miss it. This event offers one of the best opportunities to enjoy the most delicious food prepared by many of the finest chefs in our area while helping victims escape the horrors of domestic violence.It may seem odd to be worrying about purchasing tickets to an event in January this early. However, this event is always a sellout. Why not get your tickets now? Then you will have it out of the way and can concentrate on the holidays. Tickets are $125 each and reservations are easy. Go to their website, www.celebrity-chefs.org, and click on “Here” located under “Reservations.” Shining StarsNow don’t forget, the 17th Annual Shining Stars Luncheon honoring many of our area’s outstanding volunteers is just around the corner. The event is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, in Hurst. Volunteers from 28 civic and charitable organizations will be recognized for their outstanding service to our community. I have heard that there are a handful of seats available, but don’t delay. Tickets are $65 each or $650 for a table of 10 and can be either purchased by going to www.shiningstarsartsleague.com and clicking on the “Buy Tickets” button on the left or by contacting Sharon Mayes at 817-835-0030 or by emailing email@example.com. Social columnist Larre Green welcomes your information and input on interesting stories and events. Contact him at Larre@societywriter.com.