28 honored at Shining Stars Awards Luncheon

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Let’s just call this a red carpet list of outstanding women!

On Oct. 25, The Arts League, the auxiliary arm of the Arts Council Northeast, held its annual Shining Stars Awards Luncheon. And, although the event has garnered mixed reviews, I want to focus on the high points.

First, the ultimate high point was the 28 amazing women who represented many of the amazing non-profit organizations in our community. Each and every honoree was honored for the countless hours, volunteering their time to make lives better.

Honorees were: Carla S. Helstrom from Altrusa International Inc. of DFW; Dixie Christian from American Association of University Women Northeast Tarrant County Branch; Joan Matzke from Arts Council Northeast; Willie T. Montgomery from Christmas is for Children;

Susan McDonald from Circle Of Friends; Kathryn Bradford from Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce; Vivian Quatro from Colleyville Woman's Club; Carolyn Sims from Community Enrichment Center; Julie Sizemore from Community Storehouse;

Dr. Linda Thompson from Cook Children's Health Care System; Stephanie Pennington from GRACE (Grapevine Community Relief & Exchange); Nancy Reid from Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation; Betsy Thurston from Greater Keller Women's Club; Patti Bomer from Greater Southlake Women’s Society;

Sandee Treptow from Hurst Euless Bedford Chamber of Commerce; Kathy Newton from I Can Still Shine; Becky Cole from Kids Matter International; Kim Lufkin from Kiwanis Club of Southlake Foundation Inc.; Jan Henning from Metroport Meals On Wheels;

Fonda Martin from Mid-Cities Supporters of Safe Haven of Tarrant County Inc.; Tricia Pryor from North Texas SNAP (Special Needs Assistance Partners); Karen Anfin from Rocky Top Therapy Center; Cheri Ross from Southlake Newcomers Club;

Kathy Talley from Southlake Women's Club; Cheri Hendrickson from Summer Santa; Earlene Garvey from The Arts League; Sandra Moody from The Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce; and Anita Hale from Trinity Arts Guild.

A standing ovation to you!

The second high point was the giving of the Orion Award, which is presented only when an individual truly rises above and has a significant impact on the arts.

Only a select group knows if an award will be presented, as well as who will receive it. Nothing is ever revealed until someone is sent into the audience to get the recipient moments before the audience is told that the award is going to be presented and a name is announced.

This year was one of those rare years. As the announcement was being made that this year an award would be presented, it was Lynda Railsback whose back was tapped to get up. With a teary-eyed audience standing, Railsback, also teary-eyed, made her way to the podium.

What makes this even more special was the fact that not only was Railsback’s late husband, Leighton Railsback, the very first recipient of this prestigious award, her granddaughter, Amy Wilcox, was the luncheon’s entertainment and was there, in addition to many other family members, to see her grandmother recognized.

In my opinion, this event ran way too long (which is why I have heard such mixed reviews). Last year’s event ended before 1:30 p.m. with two more awardees, while this year’s lasted long past 2 p.m.

It doesn’t sound like much time, but if you have been at an event since 10:30 a.m., 40 extra minutes is the difference between smiling and wanting to cut your wrist with a butter knife.

Finally, I have heard, with numbers still being tallied, that this year’s event will be a record-breaker for the checkbook. Now that is truly a Shining Star’s accomplishment!

Congratulations to everyone!

Social columnist Larre Green welcomes your information and input on interesting stories and events. Contact him at Larre@societywriter.com.

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