The Fort Worth Operas annual Opera Ball took place Sept. 13 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. The event, themed Galactic Gala, treated guests to an evening that included sci-fi decor, Star Wars-themed cupcakes by Sugar Biscuit Cakery and a lightsaber duel between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Silent auction items included a private dinner prepared by chef Hailey Samis, a Lego version of the Death Star and other sci-fi memorabilia.
The Tarrant County chapter of the American Cancer Society hosted an afternoon of High Tea and Conversation with Patrick Jephson on Sept. 14 at the Piazza in the Village in Colleyville. Jephson, who served as Princess Dianas private secretary until her death, shared stories about his time with the princess and the royal family. Guests at the event dined on a British-themed menu of gourmet finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and tea. A special raffle of items from England was held.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation hosted its annual Delicious Wishes event Sept. 18 at the Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork. The special evening, which honored local Make-a-Wish families, included a sampling of foods from Fort Worths top chefs and restaurants, live entertainment by country singer Kristi Kalyn and live and silent auctions.
First Fridays at the Modern took place Aug. 1 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Museum patrons were treated to live music by Outer Circles, a special cocktail prepared by Café Modern called the Sizzler, gallery tours and demonstrations by artist Deb Hart in The Modern Shop.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth hosted the 14th annual Boxing in the Ballroom on Aug. 22 at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel. The black-tie event included a cocktail hour, steak dinner, auction, raffle and boxing.
Benefiting The WARM Place Grief Support Center for Children, A Cool Night to Find the Kid in You took place Aug. 23 at River Crest Country Club. The evening included a VIP reception, dinner, auctions and dancing to popular party band Trey & the Tritones.
The American Cowboy Gala, benefiting the Fort Worth Herd and Cowtown Coliseum, took place July 24 in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The evening included dinner, auctions, a wine toast and live entertainment by country singer Whitney ONeil.
The 2014 Arlington Museum of Art Gala took place June 28 at the museum. The event, which was themed An Evening at the Sands Hotel and Casino, included cocktails, dinner, casino games, auctions and live entertainment.
Presented by the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Empowered Woman Luncheon took place July 16 at Piazza in the Village. The annual networking event included shopping, lunch and a silent auction. Guest speaker was Colleen Walker, CEO of Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
Benefiting arts education and outreach, the 2014 Casa Mañana Gala took place May 30 at Casa Mañana Theatre. The evening included cocktails, dinner, auctions, a performance of Always ... Patsy Cline and an after-party. Among the items up for auction were a wine dinner for eight, a football autographed by former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and a his-and-hers cowboy package with boots, hats and a saddle.