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.”
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.
At a glance
▪ Sip & Shop to benefit Arlington Urban Ministries on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the NU2UResale Shop, 2220 W. Park Row Drive.
Sip on a glass of wine while you shop a store of trendy fashions and home decor. Big savings on like-new merchandise. Donate one or more pieces of jewelry to get your name in a drawing for a special prize. Learn more at www.arlingtonurbanministries.org.
▪ Purchase a $20 YMCA backpack at any of the three YMCA of Arlington Family Centers during August, and the $55 joining fee will be waived. All backpacks will be given to Arlington and Mansfield schools at the end of the month for students starting school. Learn more at ymca-arlington.org.
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▪ Congratulations to Boy Scout Troop 421 in Arlington for the remarkable number of boys earning the rank of Eagle Scout at the same time. Kudos to these six scouts from the Arlington/Mansfield area: Christopher Chasteen, Ethan Brock, Will Moulton, Drew Johnson, Brackton Bennett and B.J. Humphries.
▪ Girls Inc. recently feted 61 girls from Tarrant County at its fourth annual College Shower on July 30. Each girl received an individualized basket with items selected specifically for her from her wish list. More than $14,000 worth of supplies were collected from donors, corporate partner, and other organizations affiliated with the agency. Learn more at www.girlsinctarrant.org or call Amy Rasor at 817-468-0306.