After a wildly successful 20th anniversary party last year, local charity Mission Central decided to keep the fun going and host another celebratory affair this year. Set for Aug. 18 at the Hurst Conference Center, the event will showcase the Coat of Many Colors Resale Shop at a luncheon and fashion show.
According to Executive Director Paula Jernigan, the resale shop is one of the main economic engines that supports the work of Mission Central, which operates a community resource center, the Village Pantry and a mobile food pantry. They also run the Village Library, an after-school tutoring program, as well as a family program to help folks needing housing and employment stabilization.
“This year’s event gives our entire community the opportunity to celebrate our work and to participate in a lively silent auction and fashion show,” Jernigan said. “Mission Central provided services to more than 30,000 neighbors last year. Each attendee will be contributing to our mission of empowering people in need to improve their own quality of life.”
Guests at the luncheon will be entertained by local celebrities walking the runway at a wonderful fashion show. “Attendees will get a sneak peek at the chic and trendy items available from the Coat of Many Colors, as all models will be dressed from head to toe with items from the shop,” said Deanna Molsbee who is chairing the event. Among the models in the stylish soiree will be Hurst Mayor Richard Ward, Bedford Mayor Jim Griffin, Euless Mayor Linda Martin, the Star-Telegram’s Denise Harris and surprise guests.
A silent auction promises many surprises for eager bidders because attractive accessories and gifts from the resale store will be up for grabs along with must-have art and antiques. Beautifully creative table centerpieces will feature treasures found in the resale shop.
Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at www.MissionCentralTx.org, or call Catherine Hollis at 817-595-0011 to inquire. Mingling and silent auction shopping begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by an 11:30 a.m. luncheon. Attire for the event is “summer chic.”
Dinner to shine spotlight on baseball, ballparks and business
The inaugural “Legends and Leaders” Dinner will make its debut Aug. 22 at the Cholula Porch in Globe Life Park. Hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the event will honor former Texas Rangers ballplayers and Arlington mayors who have championed having the Rangers make Arlington their home.
“The chamber is proud to honor those having such tremendous impact on baseball, ballparks and business in Arlington,” said chamber chief executive Michael Jacobson.
Honored guests will include National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ivan “Pudge” Rodriquez and Texas Rangers Hall of Famer Michael Young. Representing his late father, Mayor Tom Vandergriff, will be Victor Vandergriff who will be honored alongside former and current Arlington mayors Richard Greene and Jeff Williams.
“We will recognize the mayor who was instrumental in encouraging the team to move to Arlington and the mayors who provided the leadership to keep the Rangers here in Arlington,” Jacobson added.
Guests at the event will receive an autographed copy of Rodriquez’s book, “They Call Me Pudge: My Life Playing the Game I Love.” For those who purchase a table, two tickets for a VIP reception are provided where photos with Rodriquez and Young will be offered.
“The Texas Rangers are proud to be an integral part of Arlington,” said Rob Matwick from the Rangers executive team. “We sincerely appreciate the outstanding community partnerships between our baseball operations, the city leaders, our chamber and all the players who have contributed to deliver our world-class product.”
Tables can be purchased for $3,000 and $2,000 and only a limited number remain available. Purchase online at www.ArlingtonTx.com or call the chamber office at 817-275-2613.
Tea will raise money for wigs and prostheses for cancer patients
Guests at the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser and Tea will walk the pink carpet as they arrive for the 19th edition of this popular event hosted by the Breast Cancer Awareness Organization on Aug. 19.
Around 500 attendees are expected at the party for a relaxing afternoon full of fun and camaraderie. A full four-course tea will be served as guests enjoy live and silent auctions and a fun edible auction. Guests are invited to wear their best fascinators in the fun tradition of British high tea. Door prize drawings, a raffle and a hat and shoe contest will round out the lively event activities.
“I began working with the Breast Cancer Tea after a young lady very dear to our family was diagnosed with breast cancer,” said board member Mary Hunter. “Since being a part of this organization I have witnessed how many survivors and families have been touched by the Tea.”
Special guest speakers are Christine O’Brien, physician from Complete Health & Wellness, and breast cancer survivor and a former Mrs. Texas Michelle Berndt. Serving on the event committee are Rhonda Burns, president and founder; Joyce Newsom, breast cancer survivor; and board member Yolanda Ray.
The Breast Cancer Awareness groups works to educate the public on the importance of early detection and provides support to survivors. Funds raised at the Tea will support the American Cancer Society’s wigs and prostheses division where “those affected by breast cancer can find the products needed to restore their body image as well as treat their concerns with respect, privacy and support.”
The venue is the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriott South, 4151 Centreport Blvd. Tickets are $45 each or two for $85. Purchase online at www.breastcancertea.org or call Rhonda Burns-Perkins at 817-680-1463.
Cardiac patients will benefit from Black & White Gala
The Omni Fort Worth Hotel will welcome partygoers on Saturday for the 25th anniversary of the Black & White Gala hosted by Texas Health Resources Foundation.
Proceeds from the gala will support the HOPE Clinic and purchase cardiac equipment for the Texas Health hospital in Cleburne. The clinic provides screening to the underserved in Johnson County which has a higher rate of cardiovascular disease than surrounding counties, according to a Texas Health spokesperson.
After a 6 p.m. cocktail reception, guests will participate in a raffle and silent and big board auctions before a seated dinner at 7 p.m. Following a live auction, music and dancing will complete a fun party experience. Heading up the event committee are Sue Rebstock and Chris Cain.
Tickets are $175 each. To make reservations, contact Sarah Richardson at 682-236-5202.