Arlington Citizen-Journal

February 3, 2014

Eyes on Arlington: Dental Health Arlington to host fundraiser gala Feb. 21

Guests will enjoy special presentations, dancing to live music by Canta Rhythm and Brass Band and exciting auction bidding.

You can help put a smile on the face of thousands of children attending Arlington schools when you purchase a ticket to the annual shindig that Dental Health Arlington will host on Feb. 21 in the Cacharel Ballroom.

Get dressed up in your best party outfit and experience an evening of fine dining and cocktails. Guests will enjoy special presentations, dancing to live music by Canta Rhythm and Brass Band and exciting auction bidding. Lots of time to catch up with friends as you stroll through the array of silent auction prizes.

Proceeds from the event will enable DHA to continue dental health education and exams (and protective sealants when needed) for elementary-age kids in schools where at least half the enrollment is on the free or reduced-cost lunch program.

“The Love That Smile committee is excited about John Rhadigan from Fox Sports Southwest hosting the event, honoring Dr. Amy Schoening with the Sally Hopper Golden Crown Award, and dancing to Canta’s fun music, all while raising money with unique silent and live auction items and the best wine pull,” said interim Executive Director Kim Clarke.

Serving on the committee were Sally Hopper, Susie Payne, Laura Stinson, Fran Squyers, Joni Wilson and Glenda Bell.

Auction swag includes a Vintner Adventure in Sonoma, Calif., that offers private winery tours and tasting, chauffeur and picnic lunch. Also up for bid is a three-night stay at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, airfare included. Or how about a guitar autographed by The Rolling Stones or an autographed Duck Dynasty poster?

Tickets are $100 each, $190 couple or $950 for a table for 10. Reservations are due by Feb. 17. Make arrangements by calling 817-437-3527 or email

Mansfield Cares Charity Ball

Put on your disco duds (black-tie optional) for a wild trip back to the ’70s at the Mansfield Cares Charity Ball on Feb. 22 at the Walnut Creek Country Club.

This is the 15th year for what is arguably Mansfield’s top charity function, where money is raised to fund such charitable causes as The Linda Nix Family Caring Place Clinic, the Mansfield Cares Food Bank, Feed the Kids, a Christmas food voucher program, Mansfield school district scholarships and a shoe voucher program. Last year’s event raised more than $125,000 for these community efforts.

You’ll think you just stepped into a scene from Saturday Night Fever because back this year for an encore performance is Le Freak, billed as the greatest disco band in the world. It’s nonstop fun at parties where Le Freak cranks out favorites from the disco era.

The board members of Mansfield Cares have worked for months planning the event co-chaired by Vice President Lisa Stewart and Treasurer Debbie Koennecke. Partygoers will visit with friends as they stroll to various food stations for some ’70s-themed dishes including a nostalgic fondue experience with cheese and chocolate. Stewart said a cash bar will serve throughout the evening and offer a signature concoction — TieDyeTini — created especially for the party’s theme.

Auctioneer John Pressley will toss the coin in a heads-or-tails game (guests predict the outcome by placing hands on heads or bottoms) where the last one standing will win a nice prize. It’s $20 to enter, and all money goes to the cause. And a split-the-pot drawing will enrich both the winner and the charity.

The winning bidders at a small live auction and a great silent auction will take home trips, gift cards, sports memorabilia and more. Stewart says early auction checkout will be available.

A party photographer will be snapping shots that will be posted to the website, and Glenda Beckwith will be on hand to shoot a more formal photo for guests to save as a memento. She is donating the small fee charged for the pictures to Mansfield Cares.

“This party is probably the best thing that people can do for the Mansfield community,” said Stewart. “They can have a great time while helping those less fortunate in our community. I am extremely proud to be a part of this organization. It’s one of the best things in my life.”

Tickets are $100 each, and sponsorship packages are still available. Make reservations online at Space is limited, so quick action is advisable.

‘Let Me Call You Sweetheart’

The Goodtimes Chorus of Arlington has a great way to give someone special in your life an unforgettable moment on Valentine’s Day.

Four tuxedoed guys will perform two numbers in glorious four-part harmony for your valentine at the location of your choice. It can be work, home, school, a restaurant, nursing home or wherever you want your sweetheart serenaded. Co-chairing the valentine program are Joe Dymale and Richard Ebsen, who also recommend their service as a way to show appreciation to employee groups.

Chorus member Mike Wells says: “Rarely are there genuinely wholesome opportunities for couples to connect in such an organic way. If a Singing Valentine can be responsible for making that connection, then our mission has been accomplished.”

Your valentine will be serenaded by a quartet singing Let Me Call You Sweetheart and The Story of the Rose (Heart of My Heart) and be ceremoniously presented with a keepsake rose and a personalized card from you.

Prices start at $55, and early booking is advised. Details at Create that magic moment by calling 682-233-3606 or e-mail

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