Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

May 22, 2014

Social Eyes: Gala evening May 31 will benefit AIDS Outreach Center

Fashionistas in glittering cocktail attire will gather at River Crest Country Club on May 31 to fete outstanding contributions to the AIDS Outreach Center at a sparkling evening of fun and festivities during the Evening of Hope gala.

Fashionistas in glittering cocktail attire will gather at River Crest Country Club on May 31 to fete outstanding contributions to the AIDS Outreach Center at a sparkling evening of fun and festivities during the Evening of Hope gala.

The Fort Worth Youth Orchestra will serenade guests at a cocktail reception before dinner and the program. When guests buy a Cosmopolitan signature drink from glasses displayed on the piano, will it contain a beautiful diamond donated by Kube’s Jewelers or a cubic zirconia?

Co-chairs of the event are Jim Hodges, Shea Patterson Young and Jhonathan Arreola, and Daniel Barbaro and Peggy Smith-Barabaro are the honorary ones. The steering committee included Aubin Petersen, Scott Green and Sharon Mullarkey to randomly name only a few.

“Evening of Hope has evolved over the last few years into a spectacular, fun-filled evening that draws from every demographic and cross section of the city,” Hodges said.

“It includes a fashion show worthy of Milan, delicious food and drink, swanky raffle items and great dance party. Those who know about these things have deemed Evening of Hope to be the premier evening fashion show on the social calendar,” he added.

ESPN sideline reporter and Murray Media red carpet reporter Brooke Williamson is the emcee for the evening.

The prestigious Award of Inspiration will be presented to Rhonda Mae Cox and to Ben E. Keith Co. Guest speakers will be Fort Worth physician Daniel Barbaro and AIDS Outreach Center client Elena Gonzales.

Guests will enjoy seeing the fashions of notable Dallas designer Geoffrey Henning as models walk the runway wearing his latest creations. After the show, partygoers can dance the night away as disc jockey Brandon Olds of Bold Entertainment spins great music.

Tickets are $150 each. Call Penny Rowell at 817-916-5224 to make reservations, or purchase online at

Country star Jack Ingram to perform at Rock the Fort on May 31

It’s time to Rock the Fort at one of the best parties of the summer, hosted by Lena Pope’s Young Professional Advocates. Partyers will rock a casual vibe at a great outdoor venue, the Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork, on May 31.

The evening features live musical performances by country superstar Jack Ingram and Fort Worth native Adrian Johnston along with food truck dining, a barbecue dinner and an open bar.

“Working on Rock the Fort has been such an extraordinary experience for me,” event co-chair Lauren Doane said. “We have had a spectacular response from companies and individuals.”

A hardworking committee includes Kendall Gallagher, Nestor Martinez, Rachel Navejar, Corinne King, Robbie Cook and Stephanie Bunn to randomly name a few.

Chef Mike Micallef from Reata will roast a pig on site, and Lena Pope board member Frosty Tempel will fire up the grill at 4 a.m. so guests can enjoy some delicious barbecue later in the day.

Serving up their signature dishes will be food trucks from Sassy Hot Dogs, Holy Frijole, Gypsy Scoops and Enticed Shaved Ice. An open bar will serve summer cocktails, and Andrews Distributing has donated Coors beer for thirsty guests.

Instead of a traditional auction, every bidder in a “Fund the Mission” auction will be raising money for Lena Pope’s Chapel Hill Academy and the Early Learning Center opening this fall.

The funds raised by the Rock the Fort go directly toward fulfilling the mission of creating hope, happiness and success for children and families. The Early Learning Center will help educate Fort Worth’s young population and set them up for long-term academic success, co-chair Robin Greenhaw said.

Tickets are $65 each. Make reservations by calling Sonya Cisneros at 817-255-2616, or purchase online at

Northeast Tarrant County

Concert and Motorcycle Fun Run benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children

The Shriners always know how to have fun, so it’s no surprise that their Rays of Hope fundraiser will offer unique activities and great entertainment May 31 at Adam Smith’s Texas Harley-Davidson, 1839 Airport Freeway in Bedford.

Combining a concert, raffle and a motorcycle run will be the perfect mix for a high-energy event with proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children as they provide pediatric specialty care, burn and orthopedic treatment, research and medical education in 22 U.S. hospitals.

Headline entertainer is Cooder Graw of country music fame along with local favorites Skooter Hall and the Waylon Pierce Band. Food from Boomerjack’s Bar and Grill will feed hungry guests.

Also taking the stage will be special guest Rion Paige, the X-Factor finalist from last year. The eighth-grader from Jacksonville, Fla., was born with a rare disorder that causes a curving of the joints and is a former patient at a Shriners Hospital. Local Shriner Ken Sapp says the audience will be “blown away with Paige’s singing.”

A motorcycle fun run kicks off the day’s events. Organizers say the last bike out will be at 10 a.m. and last bike in at 2:30 p.m. Sign up at Texas Harley-Davidson at 8:30 a.m. The fee is $30 per rider and $15 for passengers and includes admission to the concert.

“Events like this provide great entertainment for the entire family and help Shriners provide opportunities for medical miracles in the lives of children in need, regardless of their ability to pay,” writes Michael Wallach of Fort Worth, a member of the board of governors for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

A Harley-Davidson Street Glide is the biggest raffle prize along with an iPad mini, a $500 gift card, a big-screen TV and a Big Green Egg cooker. Tickets are $50 each. Get tickets by calling 817-312-9623 or online at

Concert-only tickets are $15 and are available only at the gate. Learn details at

North Richland Hills team wins Haltom City Mayor’s Cup

A big shout out to Haltom City for raising more than $7,000 for the annual Back-to-School Fair the city will host this summer for students in the Birdville school district. The largesse resulted from the third annual Mayor’s Cup Golf Challenge, held recently at Fossil Creek Golf Course.

For the third straight year, North Richland Hills won the Mayor’s Flight, a category in which only mayors, their designees and city managers compete. NRH golfers were Scott Turnage, Robert Copeland, Pat Pace and Ross Taylor. Taking home trophies for second and third place were Hurst and Watauga, respectively.

The Friends Flight winner was the team from Progressive Waste Solutions. Police and fire departments competed in the First Responders Flight, and North Richland Hills edged out Haltom City to win the day.

Haltom City Parks and Recreation Director Tom Henry said that more than 20 teams competed in the tournament and that the money raised will go toward buying backpacks and school supplies for students in Haltom City.

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