Revelers decked out in fancy Western duds will saddle up for a boot scootin’ good time at the Boots & Bling Casino Party at Hurst Conference Center on Sept. 30 benefiting North Texas SNAP. This nonprofit has all sorts of amazing services for adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“This night will be filled with fun and excitement including wishbowl packages, silent auction items, a wine pull, good grub, a candy bar, dancing and Vegas style casino gaming,” said SNAP Executive Director Brandy Schimmel.
“We are excited to have Miss Fort Worth, Adaline Bebo, join us this year as emcee. Adaline is captain of the Golden Girl Feature Twirlers at Baylor University,” Schimmel said.
SNAP’s programs for intellectually and developmentally disabled people age 17 and older include an expanded living program, a workforce internship program, men’s club, girls’ night out, project neighbor, social activities, transportation and weekly workshops. The agency receives no federal or state funding and operates entirely from donor support and fundraisers like the gala.
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Gala guests will chow down on delicious grub fixed up by the cooks from the Hurst Conference Center after they have looked over an expansive silent auction and figured out which Wish Bowl will get their ticket. Goodies in the bowls include a Yeti cooler, a Southwest Airlines package, Disneyland tickets, a Texas Motor Speedway experience, spa treatments and family fun outings. And a $500 Visa or Apple gift card will be raffled off to go home with a lucky winner.
After dinner, guests will mosey over to the casino for a chance to win some prizes at the black jack, poker, roulette or craps tables. Others may want to scoot their boots to the tunes played by DJ Paul Andrews. In between, they can belly up to the Candy Bar for some terrific sweet treats. A cash bar will have anything needed to wet your whistle throughout the party.
Schimmel said guests will see a brief presentation backed by Miley Cyrus’ song “The Climb” showing how SNAP works to create choices for their clients to help them live more independent lives and give back to their community.” The lyrics to that song describe exactly what our members go through every day,” she said.
Tickets are $75 each or $750 for a table of ten. Purchase online at www.NTXSNAP.org or call the office at 817-545-9456.
ArtScapes to premiere in Mansfield
A brand-new event presented by the newly created Mansfield Arts Commission is likely to be a hit with local arts lovers or anyone who likes to have a good time. ArtScapes is set for Sept. 28 from 6-9 p.m. at Walnut Creek Country Club. Food, live entertainment and tablescapes worthy of appearing on HGTV awaits guests at the event.
“This should be a true feast for the senses — an elegant and entertaining evening with something for everyone — dance, music, theater, and all varieties of art. We’re very excited about being able to highlight all of the wonderful artists and arts opportunities that exist in Mansfield — most people have no idea the variety and skill that we have right here in our community,” said Cultural Arts Coordinator Rosalie Gilbert.
Guests will be greeted by costumed actors (think photo opp) and will sip on ‘art-inis’ as they stroll among the elaborately decorated tables and then cast a vote for their favorite. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and gourmet dessert creations from local bakeries will be served throughout the evening.
A hardworking event committee includes Randall Canedy, Pam Rudnicki, Ross Romary, Mindy Boles, Jean Sampson, Deborah Watson, Carol Esstman, Robin Jenkins, Linda Canedy and Sheri Wolf.
“Throughout the night there will be pop-up performances — first Hunter Canedy will welcome everyone with a little stand-up comedy, then dance numbers later in the evening will feature a talented area student, Taylor Bonato, doing contemporary and hip-hop dance and Robert Silva and Raven Landeros performing a salsa and rumba medley,” Gilbert said.
Musicians from the Mansfield Wind Symphony and Next Gen Chamber Players will serenade guests with live music while artist Doug Peak creates a masterpiece in real time during the party.
“If you like what you see at the event and want to take a little of it home with you, be sure to purchase raffle tickets for any or all of our art themed gift boxes, or stick around for our live auction featuring the painting created by Doug Peak and a handmade ukulele by internationally known luthier Chris Jenkins,” said Gilbert.
Local arts organizations will have exhibits set up with representatives to meet and greet visitors, and all artists who have work on display will be there to personally chat with attendees at the event. Advance information about the unique table decors include such themes as ballet, “Hamilton,” art glass, lutheirs, Monet, country western music, and themes cleverly depicting the business sponsoring the table.
Tickets are $100 each and table sponsorships are $800. Only a limited quantity is still available, so a speedy response is essential. Purchase online at https://www.mansfieldtexasarts.org/
calendar/events/artscapes or call Gilbert at 817-804-5768.
Run in the Dark will help low-income children
Instead of the usual early-morning charity run, Community Storehouse will again mix it up with a fun nighttime event. It’s the 18th year for Run in the Dark where runners and walkers will participate in an evening 5K or one-mile fun run on Sept. 23. The courses are laid out in the beautiful Bluestem Park at Alliance Town Center. The one-mile run begins at 7 p.m. followed by the 5K start at 7:45 p.m.
Funds raised at Run in the Dark will enable Community Storehouse to continue serving more than 12,000 low-income children who may go without school supplies, educational assistance, and nutritional support because their families cannot afford to provide them. According to officials at Community Storehouse, the agency is able to provide year-round support which allows students to focus on their education and remain in school.
“We are experiencing the busiest year yet with registration numbers at a record high for our programs and services,” said Executive Director Barbara Board. We cannot achieve our mission of continuing to serve these children without the support of our community.”
Run in the Dark is a full-fledged family festival where participants and spectators will enjoy choosing dinner from eight on-site food trucks including What’s Cook-N Chef, Down To Earth, G’s Brunch Truck, and Kona Ice. A Kid Zone with bounce houses and games and activities will entertain the youngsters, and there will be live music until 11 p.m. Sponsors will have exhibits, many with free giveaways.
“Glow-in-the-dark bundles will be sold for anyone wanting to light up the night while they run against poverty,” said spokeswoman Melissa Ellis. “It’s easy to get involved — you can register a team and make it fun with costumes and a cool name. Or register as an individual or under your child’s school to help them win the Storehouse Cup Trophy. Even if you can’t run, you can register as a ghost runner. There are lots of ways to make a significant impact in the life of a child in need.”
Register online at www.runinthedarkdfw.com. On-site registration begins at 4:30 p.m. on race day.
Event at a glance
The Air Force Academy Band Wild Blue Country will do a special show on Sept. 16 at the Lot, 108 S. Main St. in Mansfield. The community is invited along with current service members, veterans, first responders, their families and friends for a show that celebrates their sacrifice and commitment to the country and local communities. Admission is free.