Social Eyes: Star-studded concert, festival raises funds for volunteer fire departments

07/06/2014 12:00 AM

07/02/2014 3:50 PM

The Rocker B Ranch Amphitheatre in Graford will come alive Saturday as American pop and country musicians the Bellamy Brothers take the stage along with country star Pat Green and Texas singer/songwriters Wade Bowen, Stoney Larue and Josh Weathers. The star-studded concert is hosted by the Buckets and Boots Foundation to raise money for the volunteer fire departments in Palo Pinto County.

“This event allows Palo Pinto’s fire departments to meet its goal. As a 100 percent volunteer organization, we rely solely on our community to function,” Possum Kingdom Lake Fire Chief Ronnie Ranft said in a statement.

“We can’t do what we do without the support from Buckets and Boots, and for that we are truly grateful.”

More thatn fun is in store for fans at the event, with a great lineup of vendors offering a tantalizing array of foods and beverages on the Grove at the ranch. Be sure to get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a new car or a $20,000 cash prize. And kids can burn off all that summertime energy at a playground area with fun-filled activities.

There’s still time to become a sponsor eligible to attend a VIP Sponsor Party on Friday with a catered dinner and a performance by Weathers and Steve Wariner. Sign up at or call 817-984-8532.

The foundation was formed in response to the devastating wildfires in 2011 and has awarded more than $435,000 to the 11 volunteer fire departments in the area.

General admission tickets are $25 online or $35 at the gate. Children 12 and under get in free. The Rocker B Ranch is at 1125 Chaney Lane. Gates open at 4 p.m., and the music begins at 5:30.

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Perot Museum CEO is special guest at Colleyville Empowered Women Luncheon

Summer vacations are wonderful, but all the planning, arranging and traveling can be a bit exhausting. Perhaps a little local retreat with a special group of women friends is just what the doctor ordered for travel-weary ladies (and gentlemen) in the Colleyville area.

If this sounds good, then the July 16 Empowered Women Luncheon hosted by the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce is a must for your calendar.

Guests will enjoy connecting with business associates and friends as they sip mimosas and shop at exhibits set up by local retailers and companies in the Colleyville community before a delicious summer luncheon.

A raffle will give guests a chance to win great gifts and prizes including an authentic constitutional chair donated by state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake.

Co-chairwomen of the event are Janice Kane and Cecilia Monacelli. “As a chamber we recognize that women entrepreneurs are known for bringing a fresh perspective to the business, leading to innovations in the marketplace that benefit both other businesses and individual consumers,” Monacelli said.

“And, equally important, [women are] creating a new generation of inspirational role models. Hence, our excitement in having Colleen Walker, CEO of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, as the keynote speaker — an advocate of women in business and supporting girls and women in their career choices.”

A dedicated committee has worked to ensure that luncheon guests have a memorable experience. Members are Don Perfect, Rebecca Barksdale, Kathryn Bradford, Amanda Calongne, Jennifer Fadden, Rena Frost, Betty Grant, Genny Hale, Wes Harrison, Julia Hendrickson, John Humphreys, David Jung and Nancy Reid.

The venue is the lovely Piazza in the Village, 77 Piazza Lane. Tickets are $50 each and can be bought at, or call 817-488-7148.

Greater Keller Women’s Club reaches $1 million in philanthropic giving

Congratulations are in order for the Greater Keller Women’s Club for another successful year of fundraising celebrated at a dinner June 19 where a dozen charities received grants and scholarships were awarded to students.

It wasn’t business as usual at the annual Distribution of Funds dinner because the event marked a milestone for the club as it topped the $1 million mark in donating to worthy causes. The club was formed in 1996.

Philanthropy Chairwoman Carolyn Fleet was delighted to present checks to 12 charities that had applied for grants through the Greater Keller Women’s Club Foundation this year.

Recipients were Advent Urban Youth Development, CASA of Tarrant County, Christ’s Haven for Children, Community Enrichment Center, Community Storehouse, Friends of the Keller Library, Love Never Fails International, Metroport Meals on Wheels, Mid Cities Care Corps, Neuro Assistance Foundation, Victory Therapy Center and Safe Haven of Tarrant County.

In other news, the community is invited to attend a luncheon July 16 at Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club, where women’s club members receiving president’s awards for exceptional volunteer service will be honored.

Special guest will be Mayor Mark Mathews, who will share his ideas and vision for the city.

Tickets are $23 each. Make reservations with Dottie Johnson, membership coordinator, at, or call President Janice Smith at 404-310-3372.


Kids Notes free program features instrument petting zoo

A great way to ignite the creative spark in children is through early exposure to music and the arts. The folks at Symphony Arlington are eager to be a part of this process through a series of one-hour programs called Kids Notes that helps kids explore musical concepts like pitch, rhythm and timbre.

Coming up July 24 at the Southeast Branch Library, 900 SE Green Oaks Blvd., is a free Kids Notes program at 2 p.m.

The session opens with the reading of a book — Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin or The Remarkable Farkle McBride are popular choices to introduce kids to the families of instruments in an engaging and fun way — followed by games dealing with musical concepts.

“One of our professional musicians will introduce and play their instrument, choosing music suitable for a young audience,” writes Alice Allen Ford, Symphony Arlington education manager. “To finish up, we have an instrument petting zoo, which allows children to try out an instrument from each of the four orchestra families to learn more about their favorites.”

The youth programs are provided by Symphony Arlington in addition to its regular concert season, which opens in October.

To inquire about the Kids Notes program, contact Ford at 972-252-4800. To learn more about Symphony Arlington, visit

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