Social Eyes: Black-tie boxing to raise money for disadvantaged youths

08/03/2014 12:00 AM

08/01/2014 2:17 PM

It’s that time of year again when ladies are choosing a formal gown to wear to an event that includes a fight card and gents are dusting off their tux to watch a slugfest in a fancy ballroom.

Yes, it’s time for Boxing at the Ballroom to raise money for the programs that Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth provide for local youths. The evening of Aug. 22 at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel will find guests again enjoying an elegant evening of cocktails, dinner, and live and silent auctions before the main event featuring professional boxing provided by Paulie Ayala Productions.

Now in its 15th year, Boys & Girls Clubs have announced an official change to the event to honor one of the event founders and longtime supporters of the organization. It will now be called Scott G. Sherman Boxing at the Ballroom.

“The event has raised nearly $2 million over the past 15 years for disadvantaged youth served by the club and offers an unparalleled opportunity to not only see the grand ballroom transformed into a professional boxing arena but also to entertain friends, colleagues and clients while supporting a worthy cause,” writes Christi Langas, a spokeswoman for the club.

After a cocktail hour and perusing a huge silent auction, the audience will move into the ballroom for the main event emceed by sports columnist and broadcaster Randy Galloway as he keeps the program moving from center stage in the boxing ring situated in the middle of the ballroom. The fight announcer will be Mark Elfenbein.

A crazy party of the evening happens during a $5,000 knockout reverse raffle as guests are on pins and needles as they check the video screens to see if their number has been “knocked out” of the competition. Live auction items include a hot air balloon ride package, a man cave package, a Florida vacation package and other luxury items.

In charge of the event are chairman Scott Price with help from a large committee including Michael Anderson, Chris Anthony Anthony, Jim Mitchell, Stuart Denyer, David Karmer, Jim Odom, Shanna Ortiz and Jay Stegall to randomly name only a few. Members of the Sherman family are the honorary chairs.

Formerly the Panther Boys Club, the organization was known for many years as a place for young men to learn how to box while keeping them off the street in a positive environment where they could learn life skills.

“While the club hasn’t offered boxing for many decades, the mission of supporting youth has remained strong throughout the years. Boxing at the Ballroom is a reminder of the club’s rich history and enduring mission,” said a Boys & Girls Club spokesman.

Individual tickets are $300, and sponsorship tables are still available. Details online at www.FortWorthKids.org, or call Langas at 817-834-4711.

Northeast Tarrant

‘K Magazine’ to debut this week

Be on the lookout for a beautiful new publication making its debut this week in Keller.

K Magazine is hot off the press and will be direct-delivered to many homes and also be available in high-traffic retail areas throughout Keller and the surrounding area each month. K will have engaging stories about the people, places and things that make the Keller community vibrant and unique.

“Each month, we will explore topics we know readers care about: family life, education, gardening, art, home design, dining, local events, recreation and much more,” said Editor Elaine Rogers.

“We hope you’ll keep our magazine on your coffee tables and at your fingertips for leisurely tours through pages filled with human interest stories, features about noteworthy neighbors and events, and expert advice from local folk ranging from chefs and party planners to landscapers and Realtors.”

Rogers said the magazine will have “Hero Next Door” and “Hometown” features that will rely heavily on readers to share information about interesting neighbors who might be good subjects.

“If you have an interesting colleague, neighbor or friend who devotes countless hours to doing good works in the community, who personifies words like courage and endurance or who quietly specializes in making Keller a better place for others, then nominate them for our Hero Next Door,” said Rogers.

Send nominations to sengelland@star-telegram.com with “Hero Next Door” in the subject line. Write a short description (200 words or fewer) about why he or she should be featured, and include a photo, if you have one. Be sure to include the nominee’s email address and/or phone number, as well as your own contact information.

K Magazine was created to communicate about the city that has carved such an impressive niche in North Texas as a vibrant, distinctive city with a bustling retail and dining scene and a proud Keep-It-in-Keller contingent of civic leaders guiding the energy of its residents. Be sure to pick up a copy this week at one of your favorite retail locations.

For advertising information, contact Steffanie Harnitchek at 817-431-2231 or sharnitchek@star-telegram.com. To submit story ideas, contact Rogers at erogers@star-telegram.com.

Arlington

What is your favorite Arlington-area business?

Everyone loves a contest, and the Arlington Citizen-Journal has a fun competition underway that anyone can participate in.

Anyone in the community is invited to vote in a slew of categories ranging from all types of restaurants and retail businesses to fitness centers, photography, doctors and even favorite elected official and best place to volunteer. After all, some of the best food, people, places and things are found in the Arlington area.

Please go online to ArlingtonCitizenJournal.com and click on the “Best of the Best” link. Then you can happily cast your vote for your favorite Arlington, Dalworthington Gardens or Pantego business.

Voting ends Aug. 10. A winner and runner-up will be chosen in each category, and the results will be published in a special advertising section in the Citizen-Journal on Sept. 24.

Direct inquiries to Baker Haynes at bhaynes@star-telegram.com.

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