The American Heart Association invites the community to get all gussied up and kick up its heels for heart health at the Big Heart Ball in Cowtown on April 12 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. Guests will enjoy an evening of fun and passion as they join the fight against heart disease, with a particular focus on how the deadly disease affects children.The evening will feature a concert by six-time Grammy award-winner Asleep at the Wheel, often referred to as the “Kings of Texas Swing.” Along with the spectacular music, gala attendees will experience fabulous live and silent auctions and dine on a gourmet dinner. At the helm of this year’s gala are native Tarrant County residents and business leaders Judy and Colby Siratt. Honorary chairmen are Gloria and Don Siratt. The Siratts are generous philanthropists in Fort Worth and some members of the family have experienced the devastating effects of heart disease. You don’t find auction swag like this very often: a vacation condo in Puerto Vallarta, a TCU tailgate catered by Michael’s Restaurant paired with premium tickets to the game against Kansas State, a New Year’s stay at the St. Regis Aspen resort and the chance to drive a beautiful Cadillac for a year, just to name a few. Again this year, the ball will feature an inspiring survivor story: 12-year-old Chase Sayles was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect early in his life, and after treatment at Cook Children’s Medical Center, he has passed all cardiac testing and now thankfully leads a normal life. Tickets are $500 each and will help the American Heart Association fund 194 pediatric and congenital heart-defect-related research grants this year, worth almost $35 million. Make reservations by contacting Mary-Jane Stephenson at 817-698-5411 or MaryJane.Stephenson@heart.org or visit www.tarrantcountyheartball.heart.org.Boots, Bags and Bling to help fight childhood cancerA brand new event set for April 10 at Colonial Country Club will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Irving.Themed “Boots, Bags, & Bling,” the event will offer guests a lovely luncheon and a show featuring spectacular fashion accessories. A silent auction will showcase boots, bags and bling donated by designers, local stores and boutiques. The audience will hear from Jennifer Bates, whose son Tyler was treated in 2010 at St. Jude for a rare and aggressive brain tumor and is now cancer-free.“We are excited about this Inaugural event in Fort Worth,” writes event co-chair Michelle Gregory. “It will be a wonderful day celebrating the life-saving research and treatment being doing at St. Jude. We greatly appreciate the Fort Worth community joining us in our efforts to find cures and save children with deadly childhood diseases.”Tickets are $150 per person. Purchase online at: www.stjude.org/fortworth. Contact Bonne Whittaker at 972-594-8080 with inquires.Northeast TarrantDeadline for students in Art in the Square nearsStudent Art in the Square provides aspiring high school artists in Northeast Tarrant County with a chance to exhibit and learn about a large art festival via the Southlake Woman’s Club Art in the Square festival coming up April 25. Interested students can submit their art for juried consideration by completing an online application at www.artinthesquare.com/for-artists/youth-art-in-the-square/youth-art-application.Those chosen will have their work exhibited in a special Student Art tent, and some artists will receive awards, including cash prizes, for their achievements.New this year is the Lone Star Artist Award. The winner will have artwork displayed in the rotunda of state Capitol. In addition, $500 in cash prizes will be given to other outstanding entries.April 4 is the deadline for entries. Details at www.artinthesquare.com.‘And They’re Off’ at the Triple Crown AffairIt’s year three for the Kentucky Derby-themed event benefiting Arts Council Northeast. Set for May 3 in the Alysheba Ballroom at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, the party will offer live racing all day, along with viewing the Run for the Roses on the big screen, coupled with a lavish buffet and open bar. Lee Koch, executive director of the council, said the party will celebrate the heritage, traditions and style of the Kentucky Derby with Southern hospitality. For the traditional good luck, don your derby-style headwear because the guests sporting the best hats will win some nice prizes. “Guests will pick their horses, place their bets and cheer on their favorites in a day no one will soon forget,” said Koch.Chairing the event is Joan Matzke with help from committee members Marti Andring, Rebecca Barksdale, Carmen Evans, Jessica Farrell, Joan Lanford, Candy Letica, Fonda Martin, Ruth Ann Meek, Cecilia Monacelli, Jodie Munsie, Karen Parsinen, Marty Reiswig, Gail Santora and Linda Timmons. According to the event planners, “A silent auction will offer the chance to bid on a fabulous array of items, and the live auction will be an exciting culmination to the day, featuring one-of-a-kind trips and tempting luxuries.”Proceeds benefit Northeast Tarrant community arts programs, grants, summer arts camp for children and the free MasterWorks Concert Series. Learn more at www.artscouncilnortheast.org.Tickets are $150 each. To make reservations, call 817-283-3406 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.ArlingtonFundraiser for special-needs athletesAdvocates for Special People, a support group for parents and families with older children who have mental and physical disabilities, will host a Barbecue Dinner and Auction on April 5 at Epworth United Methodist Church, at 1400 S. Cooper St. The event is raising funds to help the group’s unified volleyball team, the Arlington Eagles, pay for a trip to the USA Volleyball Open National Championships in Phoenix this spring. The team was selected as one of only 14 nationwide to participate in the Paralympic games at the championship event.“In addition to the dinner, there will be a sealed-bid auction and musical entertainment by solo artist Dene Colwill,” said parent Lawrence Odom. Auction items include a weekend getaway at a lovely house on Lake Fork and a custom-built Telecaster guitar made by delegation head Ron Morris.Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids age 10 and under. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations are advised. Call Morris at 817-798-5494 or Odom at 817-261-8523.
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