Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin will be the special guest at the Hand in Hand luncheon on June 27 hosted by Helping Restore Ability, an Arlington-based nonprofit. The annual luncheon is the signature event for the nonprofit and raises money for its programs, which benefit impoverished people with disabilities. A new venue, the Dallas Omni Hotel, will be convenient for guests across the Metroplex.Guests at the luncheon will enjoy a delicious meal after browsing a silent auction and visiting with friends during an opening reception. “We are coming together to honor those who are advocates for persons with disabling conditions and to celebrate the diversity and perspective that they offer to our communities,” said Paul Gravley from Helping Restore Ability. “We walk together, hand in hand, hoping to make this a better city, community and state for those who are disabled.”An auction of Hall of Fame sports memorabilia including Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks items will undoubtedly make bidding competitive. And be sure to get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a lovely diamond bracelet. Dawn Neufeld of KTXD/Channel 47’s The Broadcast will be master of ceremonies. The program for this event is always very moving, so bring your hankies.Deaf since she was 18 months old, Matlin has had a remarkable acting career, and her autobiography, I’ll Scream Later, was published a few years ago. Her powerful story about her struggles with her disability will keep the audience spellbound.Sam Provence was the founder of Helping Restore Ability and a tremendous advocate for people with disabilities, and annually the agency presents the award named in his honor to someone who has gone above and beyond in advocating for those who are disabled. The 2014 winner will be revealed and introduced at the luncheon.Tickets are $150 each. Make reservations online at www.HRATexas.org or contact Sarah Collom at 817-635-6020.Fort Worth ‘Grease’ is the word at Sing-a-Long June 21Throwback Thursday doesn’t have to happen just on Facebook. Come enjoy a belated one in person on June 21 at the Ridglea Theater with a flashback to Rydell High School during special screenings of the original 1979 version of Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The Sing-a-Long event benefits Historic Fort Worth.“With songs like Summer Loving, Greased Lightning, Hopelessly Devoted to You and You’re the One That I Want, kids of all ages will be singing at the top of their lungs,” writes special events director Suzy Coleman of Historic Fort Worth. “Costumes are highly encouraged — so dust off your leather jacket, saddle shoes and poodle skirts.”Lyrics on the screen will make it easy for everyone in the audience to join in, and a costume contest along with a fun vocal warmup session will precede all three screenings, at 2, 7 and 10 p.m. The 10 p.m. show is for adults only. Concessions and beverages will be available, and spirits will be sold for the late show.Proceeds from this family-friendly event benefit the programs of Historic Fort Worth, including Thistle Hill and McFarland House.General admission is $10. Buy tickets in advance at www.historicfortworth.org or on June 21 at the box office providing they are still available. Ridglea Theater is at 6025 Camp Bowie Blvd. Contact Coleman at 817-336-2344 with questions.Northeast Tarrant County$93,750 in scholarships and grants awarded by Colleyville Woman’s ClubAsk anyone who lives in Colleyville what the initials CWC mean, and many will quickly tell you it is the abbreviation for Colleyville Woman’s Club. Capitalizing on that familiar brand, it is no wonder the organization chose the same initials for its annual awards event, the Caring With Commitment luncheon. More than $93,000 in student scholarships and grants to local nonprofits were handed out at the recent luncheon at the Colleyville Center before an appreciative audience of around 300 people. Event chairwoman Sue Howery said the club has given $3.2 million to worthy causes in Northeast Tarrant County since it was founded in 1978.Broadcaster Scott Murray hosted the celebration touting the accomplishments of each business and individual honored at the event. Club President Carol Wollin and the chairwoman of the allocations and grants committee, Amy Dowell, proudly presented grants to 20 local nonprofit organizations to fund projects benefiting the entire community. Additionally, five students from Northeast Tarrant County high schools were handed college scholarships. Alex Kim from Bridges Accelerated Learning Center received the Dick Dennison Memorial Scholarship, and the Spirit of Youth Volunteerism grant went to Reilly Brooks of Grapevine-Colleyville High School.To encourage the youths of today to become tomorrow’s volunteers, in 1995 the club established youth volunteer awards to honor the efforts of children and teens who volunteer, and six young people from area schools were recognized at the luncheon for their impressive volunteer service.Underscoring the contributions from area businesses that enable the club to make a difference in the community, owners and representatives of 11 local companies received the prestigious Community Partner Award in recognition of their exceptional support. Not to overlook the achievements of its own members, the club presented special awards were presented to several of them. Among the honorees were Jean Leitenberger, who received the Spirit of CWC award, and Regency Award winner Jan Mogged was recognized for long-term service.To see a complete list of winners, visit www.c-w-c.org. The website also has details on how to apply for grants and how to nominate volunteers. Classic Keller Cocktail GalaBack for an encore performance, the second edition of the Classic Keller Gala and Awards is set for June 14 at the Marriott Solana. Hosted by Keller Business Connections, the swanky affair will be a posh evening of celebration in a larger venue to accommodate the increased demand for tickets.Cocktails, dinner, dancing, auctions and special awards will combine to make the party a place for “connecting at its finest” in the Keller business community.“This is an evening you won't want to miss. We come together as a community to honor the legacy, the future and investors in the city of Keller,” said Melissa Steen, executive director of Keller Business Connections.Emcees for the gala will be Four Day Weekend, a comedy and improvisational troupe that performs weekly in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square as well as for many Fortune 500 companies and even two U.S. presidents.The spotlight will shine on the Circle of Excellence business partners as the winners of various awards are revealed. And live and silent auctions offering luxury merchandise and services will help raise money to benefit the Keller police and fire departments. Guests can enjoy a turn on the dance floor to new and old tunes provided by a disc jockey, and an after-party at LaScala is planned for revelers who want to extend the fun.Tickets are $60 each or $100 per couple for Keller Business Connections members and $70 each for nonmembers. Call the office at 817-337-7926 to make reservations or go to www.kellerbusinessconnections.com.
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