Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

August 10, 2014

Social Eyes: A Knock-Out Affair: Black-Tie Boxing set for Saturday

The event raises money for projects of the Mid-Cities Chapter of The Links.

Hundreds of guests wearing spectacular formal gowns and elegant tuxedos will flow into the Dallas Fairmont Hotel Ballroom filled with flowers, fine china and crystal stemware and a boxing ring for a starry black-tie ball on Saturday that raises money for the worthy projects of the Mid-Cities Chapter of The Links.

It’s the 22nd year for the organization to host A Knock-Out Affair: Black-Tie Boxing, and the glittering evening will feature musical entertainment by Majik Touch, a live auction, dancing, professional boxing and dinner for an anticipated crowd of more than 800.

“This event marks 22 years of community support and corporate partnership for the unique services and programs offered to children and their families by the Mid-Cities Chapter of The Links,” said chapter President Marnese Elder.

“Through generous donations and loyal patronage of this event, our chapter continuously provides valuable resources, scholarships and educational programs for those who need our aid in the Arlington, Grand Prairie and Irving communities. We extend our gratitude and humble acknowledgment to our patrons and supporters for making this event a success.”

Event chairwomen are Erika Salter and Cherry Elder, and honorary chairs are Lueretha Slack and Mark D. Cooks.

Tickets are $125 per person, and proceeds will benefit the group’s scholarship fund and other community service projects, most notably those focused on science, technology, math and engineering for underserved youth. Purchase tickets online at or contact Angela Ross at 314-420-9697 or Marcia Page at 972-979-5359.

Fort Worth

Kickoff event for Alzheimer’s Walk to feature author, journalist

Tim Madigan will be the special guest at the Kick-Off Party on Aug. 19 to launch the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s this fall.

Madigan, author of I’m Proud of You, My Friendship with Fred Rogers and former award-winning reporter for the Star-Telegram, will share his story about his father’s journey with Alzheimer’s disease.

The entire community is invited to the event where guests will learn more about the upcoming activities surrounding the walk. Refreshments will be provided by Schlotzky’s Bakery Cafe.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research to help end the devastating disease, now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. The Alzheimer’s Association says as many as 16 million people may be stricken by the disease by 2050.

Mark your calendars for the local walks coming up in Arlington on Oct. 4 at UTA’s Maverick Activities Center, in Grapevine on Oct. 11 at Meadowmere Park and in Fort Worth on Oct. 25 at Trinity Park. To start a team, visit www.

The Aug. 19 party will be at Alzheimer’s Association offices at 2630 West Freeway, Suite 100, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Questions about the party? Call Ashley Powell at 817-336-4949 or email

Black-tie movie premiere party for Steps of Faith

Walk the red carpet as the soon-to-be-released film Steps of Faith premieres in Forest Hill at a gala party Sunday hosted by the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce.

The film stars Dallas native and Hollywood actress Irma P. Hall, soap opera stars Chrystee Pharris and Amy Weber, along with Charles Malik Whitfield and Ted Lange. The movie was written by Texas native M. Legend Brown.

The movie is about the spiritual journey of a woman named Faith Houston who hears God’s voice, which leads her on a journey to a horse therapy farm to work with special-needs children and adults.

Guests at the event will have an opportunity to meet cast members. Tickets for a VIP reception are $50, and open-seating tickets are $12.

The venue is the Forest Hill Civic & Convention Center, 6901 Wichita St. To make inquiries, contact Gwen Barbee at 817-572-3633 or buy tickets online at

Northeast Tarrant

Hurst school to get Reading Oasis from United Way

What is a Reading Oasis? Ask the United Way and you’ll learn that “it is a safe, inviting location in a school where families can enjoy reading together, learn how to make reading a habit at home and gain access to books year-round.”

Bellaire Elementary in Hurst, along with several Fort Worth schools, will be the first in the country to have a center of this kind, combining a cozy reading environment with online enrichment and activities to engage parents. The center at the Hurst school will be installed on Monday at 9 a.m.

“A child’s ability to read proficiently by the end of third grade can have a profound impact on their educational development and future,” said Emily Furney, vice president of community development at United Way of Tarrant County. “By participating in the Reading Oasis initiative, we can foster a lifelong love of books, with the ultimate goal of improving students’ reading skills to help lay the foundation for future success.”

Every Reading Oasis will include 1,000 new books, chairs and carpet, and a listening library with a CD player and books on CDs.

United Way spokesman Daryl Wagoner writes, “Every child in the Reading Oasis schools will receive a membership to United Way Club Connect, a website featuring celebrity book readings, author interviews, games, videos and suggestions on how kids can get involved in their communities. Families will receive monthly email communications with hundreds of dollars’ worth of coupons from participating organizations.”

According to the agency, more than 3,800 students are improving academically through United Way’s Learn Well education initiative. Learn more at

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