After a dozen successful years of raising money for nursing students, the UT Arlington College of Nursing will again host donors and supporters at the 13th annual Dream Makers Scholarship Luncheon on March 3 in the Bluebonnet Ballroom.The Dream Makers event is aptly named because the scholarships make dreams come true for scores of promising nursing students. It celebrates future nurses so they can “improve the lives of their patients, affect change in the health care industry, and positively impact their communities and the world.”The program has raised more than $2 million for scholarships since 2002. Interim Dean Jennifer Gray said the rapid growth of the nursing program means scholarships are a priority.“UT Arlington College of Nursing has a highly qualified applicant pool with competitive admissions. We are pleased to be able to increase the number of scholarships because we continue to receive strong support from the community,” she said.Attendees will hear a keynote address from UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari. Guests will also enjoy a message from nursing student Carol Howe.The luncheon steering committee includes Tim Armes, Jean Ashwill, Donna Bertram, Doreen Bruner, Roger Moore and Mary Ann Van Siclen. Previous scholarship winners will be seated at each table so that guests can chat with them about their education and career plans. Approximately 350 guests are expected at the event, about a third them scholarship recipients. Tickets are $75 each, or host a table for $600. Make reservations through Sandra Golightly at 817-272-9082 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Enjoy a meal to help less fortunate enjoy many mealsHow does a steaming bowl of homemade cowboy stew or shrimp bisque sound? If it tickles your fancy and your taste buds, then you’ll love the annual Soup & Salad Dinner hosted by Arlington Charities on Feb. 21 at Odis Pharr Community Center, 3535 Marathon St. in Pantego. Executive Director Melanie Gibson said the all-you-can-eat meal will include not only the stew and the bisque but a variety of homemade soups along with lots of salads to complement the soup. The big finish is a dessert buffet with some amazing sweet concoctions provided by the board of directors, which includes President Cal Kost and officers Mike Stumbaugh, Nancy Sides, George Morey and Ann Scarr. Be sure to enter the drawing to win $300 cash as first prize and several other nifty gifts. Drawing tickets are $5 each or three for $10. The dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12 and free for the little ones 6 and younger. Tickets are available at the door, but advance purchase is advised because this is an extremely popular event. You’ll leave happy because of a good meal, good fellowship and the satisfaction of helping Arlington Charities continue to provide food, clothing and school supplies to Arlington families in need. Contact Gibson at 817- 275-1511 with questions.Pancake Day: Going strong since 1959If another fundraiser has been around longer than the Kiwanis Club Pancake Day, I would be surprised. Feb. 22 will mark the 56th year for this venerable Arlington tradition whose popularity never seems to fade.Those enthusiastic Kiwanians will once again serve up all the hot pancakes you can eat along with sausage and tasty breakfast beverages at First United Methodist Church of Arlington, at 313 N. Center St. Attendees will visit with friends over breakfast and while perusing hundreds of exciting items up for bid in a silent auction. Event chairman and President-elect Al Becker said the auction raises thousands of extra dollars for Kiwanis projects. “When you buy a Pancake Day ticket, purchase a silent auction item or become a sponsor, you really are making an investment in our community and most especially in our most precious resource: our children,” said Kiwanis Club President Jeremy Normand.Becker said the event has raised more than $700,000 in its 55-year history to help Kiwanis advance its work with children and assist a wide range of local causes and charities, including Safe Haven, Arlington Alliance for Youth, Arlington Life Shelter, Arlington Urban Ministries, Arlington Boys & Girls Clubs and Arlington Salvation Army.Funds raised also provide scholarships for high school students and the Kiwanis’ annual teacher of the year awards in the Arlington school district.Kiwanis also sponsors Key Clubs at five high schools, a Builders Club at Ferguson Junior High, K-Kids clubs at several elementary campuses and a Circle K Club at UT Arlington. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance from any club member or at the door. Contact Becker at 817-496-1250 or email@example.com.
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