A question for the women in our community: Are you willing to wear the same black dress for five days as part of a campaign to bring awareness to domestic violence and the poverty that victims face if they escape their situation? That’s what the Junior League of Arlington is asking their members and other local women to do as part of the Little Black Dress Initiative they are launching on Nov. 14 and running through Nov. 18.
“By wearing the same dress for five days, it will help Junior League members and other women participating to see life through another’s eyes — a woman who doesn’t have anything in the closet or without money to go out and buy something new,” said Junior League President Julie Reinhardt. “The dress will inevitably get dirty as the week goes on. People may look at you differently and you might not feel as confident and secure.” The goal, Reinhardt added, is to create understanding of how it feels not to have access to ordinary resources.
According to the Junior League, 1 in 3 women in Tarrant County will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Last year Tarrant County was second in the state with 6,213 confirmed cases of child abuse and third with 16 child deaths attributed to abuse. The Junior League of London created the Little Black Dress Initiative in 2013, and many leagues across the U.S. have conducted successful campaigns the past few years.
To add to the community dialogue about the initiative and raise money for the cause, league members will wear “Ask me about my Little Black Dress” badges looking for opportunities to discuss the program and ask for financial support for the cause. Each member will create an online giving page where sponsors can contribute.
To kick off the initiative, a Shop & Stroll event is planned for Nov. 10 at Arlington Highlands shopping center on Interstate 20. The evening’s festivities will include a fashion show at Chico’s and special coupons and giving opportunities at several retailers in the center. The evening will conclude with a gathering at The Melting Pot.
For league members, a meeting Nov. 14 will feature guest speaker Carol Klocek, head of the Center for Transforming Lives, telling her own moving story and explaining the programs the center provides to victims of domestic violence. Members will bring professional clothes to donate to a clothing drive to benefit women entering the workforce as they recover from domestic violence situations. The public can contribute by contacting Reinhardt at email@example.com to make arrangements.
Any woman in the community who wishes to participate in the Little Black Dress Initiative social media campaign to end the cycle of domestic violence in Tarrant County is invited to post photos wearing her black dress using #theLBDI and #jlaimpact.
“Little Black Dress Initiative is an opportunity to harness the power of social media, combine it with each participant’s social network and significantly impact our community, increasing access to resources, programming and opportunities for victims of domestic violence,” said Ashley Garrison, chairwoman of the JLA annual fund drive.
A special event at The Keg restaurant in Arlington Highlands on Nov. 18 will wrap up the initiative. Reinhardt said the league hopes that the five-day social media campaign will bring awareness to domestic violence and the poverty and loss of access to resources, confidence and opportunities that victims face as they escape their situation.
Contact Reinhardt or call the office at 817-277-9481 to inquire about getting involved in the initiative and to learn how to make a donation.
Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 to recognize Purple Heart recipients
Arlington Great Southwest Rotary Club will host special ceremonies Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in Veterans Park, 3600 W. Arkansas Lane. The featured speaker will be retired Marine Capt. Jamie Peace.
“This year’s Arlington Veterans Day Ceremony will have special recognition for all Purple Heart recipients,” said Rotary member Susie McAlister. Anyone in the community who was awarded the Purple Heart is asked to contact Jim Runzheimer at 817-795-2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday.
Information about each Purple Heart honoree will be compiled and printed in the program to be handed out at the ceremony.
Peace had a distinguished military career that included many combat operations and the planning and commanding of more than 35 special operations missions with numerous U.S. special operations forces, other government agencies and multinational special forces throughout Helmand, Kandahar and Nimruz provinces. He lives in Fort Worth.
Before a complimentary lunch is served at the park pavilion after the ceremonies, guests will enjoy special patriotic music performed by Tarrant County Criminal Court Judge Brent Carr and the Cowtown Music Club.
To make reservations for the luncheon or for more information, contact Runzheimer.
Daughter establishes The Chancellor’s Promise, a nonprofit to honor her mother
After her mother, Erma C. Johnson Hadley, passed away last year, Ardenia Gould wanted to do something special to honor her memory and her legacy in Northeast Tarrant County.
Hadley was the Chancellor of Tarrant County College and was the first woman and first African American to serve in that role. Gould said her mother – affectionately known as ‘The Chancellor’ – loved to give back to her community. “In her 50 plus year career as an educator, civic leader and mentor, she touched the lives of many in Tarrant County and beyond.” Hadley died last October after battling pancreatic cancer.
Gould has founded a nonprofit organization called The Chancellor’s Promise. The organization, she said, will be “dedicated to cultivating the leaders of tomorrow through innovative programs in education, leadership and entrepreneurship.”
The foundation will host an inaugural reception on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. The public is invited to come hear about the new organization and to celebrate Ms. Hadley’s life during the event.
“Mother had a special affinity for young people,” Gould said. “She mentored hundreds of young professionals over the years, sharing her wisdom, tough love and life lessons. No matter how busy she was, she always made time to develop and groom the next generation of leaders.”
Individual tickets are $40 and sponsorships are also available. Proceeds will benefit the Chancellor’s Promise and support initiatives and programs for 2016-2017. Tickets are available at www.goo.gl/XgnV9T . Gould can be reached at email@example.com or 312-545-8364.
- UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni dinner is Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in E.H. Hereford University Center. UTA alumni are honored for their individual achievements, contributions to their industries or professions, service to their community and demonstrated loyalty to UTA. Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, C. Keith Cargill, Maj. Gen. Daniel P. Hughes, Liz Johnson and Jocelyn Zee will be honored. Tickets are $125 each and reservations are due today. Purchase at alumni.uta.edu/daawards or contact Julie Barfield at 817-272-0040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Arlington Genealogical Society will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Arlington West Police Service Station, 2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd. Speaking on adoptions is Mary Wilson. Details at www.arlingtongenealogytx.org.
- The Undy Run/Walk is Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. The family-friendly event benefits the Colon Cancer Alliance (www.ccalliance.org). The fundraiser seeks to increase colorectal screening rates and survivorship of colorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in the US. Sign up at support.ccalliance.org.
- Gospel singer Kirk Franklin concert is Nov. 18 at the Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25-$55. Purchase at www.Extremetix.com or call 817-299-1259.
- Last weekend to see Blithe Spirit at Theatre Arlington. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. A comedy by Noel Coward. Tickets at www.TheatreArlington.org or call the box office at 817-275-7661.