Former Cowboys defensive tackle Randy White will be the featured guest at the Sept. 9 Champions for Kids luncheon at the Arlington Convention Center. Hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington, this seventh installment of the luncheon aims to raise funds for the agency as it serves disadvantaged youths in the Arlington-Mansfield area.
White, whose honors include his 1994 induction in the NFL Hall of Fame, three Super Bowl appearances and being named MVP in Super Bowl XII, will entertain the audience in an informal interview format during the luncheon, talking about sports and his illustrious career. Entertainer and comedian Troy Walker will be the emcee of the event.
Chairwoman of the luncheon is Andrea Proctor with help from a dynamic committee including Alec Broadus, Mark Caffey, Holly Clinton, Natalie Howell, Don Illingworth, Debbie Lemon and Tamara Sample.
“Each year Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington serve more than 8,000 children in Arlington and Mansfield through programs and outreach services. But they don’t do it alone,” Proctor said. “Those who buy a ticket for the luncheon will join the committed volunteers, businesses, donors and partners that provide the funding and resources necessary to ensure these kids, who need us the most, have the help they need to reach their full potential.”
A spotlight moment at the luncheon will be the presentation of the Champion of Youth award to The Caffey Group. The award is the highest honor the Boys & Girls Clubs bestow upon an individual or organization that has demonstrated exceptional dedication to improving the lives of youths in the community. Mark Caffey, CEO and founder of the company, is a former chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs board and was active in the clubs during his own youth. His company has an impressive community-giving track record that includes the Salvation Army, North Texas Food Bank, Fort Worth Cops for Kids and Arlington Life Shelter.
Says club Vice President Emma Bush: “We have a 55-year track record of doing extraordinary work in the life of kids. At 3 p.m. school is out and clubs are in. A lot of these children face daunting challenges, but they get help and support to be successful in school, build character and lead successful lives. That’s the influence and work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington.”
Salvation Army music festival
Come on out for an evening of musical entertainment for the Most Good Music Fest on Aug. 27 hosted by the Salvation Army DFW at Billy Bob’s Texas in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Texas country music artist Aaron Watson is the headliner act, and also performing is Granbury singer Jason Eady.
Beginning with the brass bands the Salvation Army fielded in 1878, music has been as an integral part of the message and ministry of the organization. Organizers expect a large crowd for the upcoming festivities.
“The night is sure to be a boot-stomping Texas country music event that benefits the programs and services of the Salvation Army DFW,” said Julie Summerville, the agency’s corporate events manager. “Come join us for a fun-filled night that will not only provide entertainment for you and your friends but will also provide support for so many others in need in your community.”
Watson’s performance will include “an array of toe-tappers as well as heartfelt melodies, some which have been inspired by personal tragedy,” and Eady will entertain with a classic country style.
Funds raised will help the Salvation Army continue programs that sheltered more than 6,000 homeless men, women and children, as well as 200 victims of domestic violence, filled nearly 40,000 orders for groceries and assisted 54,000 individuals at Christmas.
General admission is $20, reserved seats are $35, and VIP seating is $100 and includes complimentary parking and other goodies. Purchase tickets online at www.salvationarmydfw.org or call the office at 214-637-8229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cara Young Fish for Life Silent Auction Extravaganza
Fine dining, live entertainment, a wine pull and a special silent auction will await guests at the Cara Young Fish for Life Silent Auction Extravaganza on Aug. 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Arlington Board of Realtors office, 3916 W. Interstate 20 frontage road.
The event celebrates the life of Young, who passed away in 2008 from cystic fibrosis, and funds raised benefit Cook Children’s Medical Center and families who are battling the deadly disease.
A scrumptious dinner will be catered by Mac’s Bar & Grill, and live music by country music entertainer Sonny Burgess will make it a very special evening of fun. Auction swag includes resort stays, gift baskets, sports packages and other great items.
Serving on the event committee are Rhonda Wilson, Carlos Woltmann, Sue Smith, Jody Kautz and Margit Paulk. “A fun night of food, music and a silent auction — all for a great cause and in memory of Cara Young,” said Kautz.