Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

July 14, 2014

Social Eyes: American Cowboy Gala benefits two great charities

It will be a spectacular evening of dining, a wine toast, auctions, a fantastic program and live musical entertainment on July 24 at the Cowtown Coliseum.

Hoping to rope in new supporters to join longtime friends of the Fort Worth Herd and Cowtown Coliseum, the American Cowboy Gala will welcome guests at the annual Western soiree for a spectacular evening of dining, a wine toast, auctions, a fantastic program and live musical entertainment on July 24 at the Cowtown Coliseum.

Downshift your fanciful party wardrobe for this event where guests will be casually chic in comfy Western attire as they enjoy cocktails and browse a silent auction that includes a registered Labrador puppy, a shotgun, beautiful original works of art and other great items.

Ranch bosses Pam Minick, Kristin Jaworski, Kadee Coffman, Courtney Gray, Hub Baker, Nate Krieger, Anna Jennings, Lola Hardesty, Katherine Kolstad and Susan DeVault have worked tirelessly to make the evening perfect.

“This is our second annual American Cowboy Gala, held in conjunction with National Day of the American Cowboy in the Fort Worth Stockyards. This year, we are honoring the McMillan-Anfin families who have done so much for Fort Worth over the past 50 years,” said Minick.

“Beginning with a legacy of giving from John McMillan, to his daughter Jerry Anfin, and then to her sons, Larry, Tim, Randy and Dan. They recently purchased the grand champion steer at the Fort Worth Stock Show Sale of Champions for $200,000. The McMillans-Anfins have been very generous to the Fort Worth Stockyards.”

The event benefits the continued restoration and preservation of the Cowtown Coliseum, which hosts rodeos and other events in the Stockyards. Don’t miss the pictorial exhibit on the entry wall and check out the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame memorabilia.

Co-beneficiary is the Fort Worth Herd, established “to provide an authentic interpretation of the history of the cattle industry and its impact on the growth and prosperity of Fort Worth.” It is the only twice-daily cattle drive of beautiful Texas longhorns in the country.

“Doug Harman will receive the inaugural Outrider Award presented for his support and promotion of the Fort Worth Herd. Doug was Fort Worth city manager, then president of the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau,” Minick said.

Rising country music and Southern rock artist Whitney O’Neil will do an acoustic performance of great covers and her own popular material.

Last year’s gala enabled the acquisition of a new Texas-size stock trailer to haul the horses and cattle to events promoting Fort Worth as well as funding the addition of a historic timeline in the coliseum.

Tickets are $100 each and tables range from $1,500 to $5,000. Reservations are due Tuesday. Make arrangements at, or call 817-336-4373.

Northeast Tarrant County

Boots & Bling Casino Night Gifting Party for SNAP

Increasingly popular in some charity event circles is the party before the party where guests celebrate an upcoming fundraiser and raise money and acquire auction items to make the main event possible. That’s what the generous folks at Colleyville’s Piazza in the Village are doing on July 29 by hosting a Gifting Party to help out the Boots & Bling main event coming up this fall to benefit North Texas Special Needs Assistance Partners.

Guests at the party will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, one drink ticket per person and a $1,000 gaming voucher to be used at the gaming tables available through the courtesy of Metroplex Casino Parties. Entry for each guest into this exclusive event is a donation of an item or service valued at $50 or more. It’s a good marketing tool for your business while helping out a great charity.

Dedicated committee members include Nancy Reid, Tricia Pryor, Amber Adams, Jody Hadlock, Karen Deakin, Nora Diemicke, Regina Kropf, Kimberly Smith, Suzy Speight and Marlene Turner.

SNAP Executive Director Brandy Schimmel said the party is a fun evening where items for the themed wish bowl packages and silent auction are solicited from party guests. “We are looking for items big and small — services and products. Or you can make a financial donation to purchase items we need to complete baskets. The sky’s the limit,” Schimmel said.

Learn more about the Boots & Bling main event in the fall that raises money to enable SNAP to serve individuals 17 and older living with intellectual disabilities at

Reservations for the July 29 Gifting Party due by July 21. Contact, or call 817-545-9456 to make arrangements.


Christmas in July at Arlington Urban Ministries

The annual Children’s Christmas Party that Arlington Urban Ministries hosts each December brings the magic of the holidays to disadvantaged families. Parents at the event have the opportunity to receive gifts to give to their children on Christmas morning, and kids at the party have fun making holiday crafts and enjoy yummy Christmas cookies and treats. They even get to have the photo taken with Santa courtesy of Cantrell Photography.

Preparations for the party begin now during the Christmas in July campaign when new toys and/or gift cards are sought from generous folks in our community.

“We hope you’re able to help make life a little happier for our client families with your donation to Christmas in July. The happy expressions on the faces of the children at the Christmas Party makes all the planning worthwhile,” says board member and party chair Ging-ging Vitek.

Anyone wishing to donate an unwrapped toy or a $10 gift card may drop the gift by one of the partner churches or bring them to the office at 701 Dugan St. from Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Church partners are Church of Good Shepherd, Covenant United Methodist, Epworth United Methodist, First United Methodist of Arlington, New World United Methodist, Rush Creek Christian Church, St. John the Apostle United Methodist, St. Stephen United Methodist and Trinity United Methodist.

Direct questions to Jennifer Weber at or call her at 817-861-8585.

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