Eyes on Arlington: Boots, Chaps & Cowboy Hats will benefit Arlington Urban Ministries

03/24/2014 3:16 PM

03/24/2014 3:18 PM

Round up your dressy Western gear and mosey on over to Fort Worth’s River Ranch on April 6 for the Boots, Chaps & Cowboy Hats party hosted by Arlington Urban Ministries.

“We will have Texas-sized fun at this year’s event,” said chairwoman Beth Owens. Guests will enjoy live music by Brad Thompson, a Tex-Mex dinner, silent and live auctions, a raffle, a photo booth and a demonstration of trick roping.

“The silent auction is packed with golf outings, dinners out on the town [and] tickets to Texas Ballet Theater, CATS, Texas Rangers and the Armed Forces Bowl. The live auction includes multiple travel packages, lunch with Mayor [Robert] Cluck, a suite to watch the Texas Rangers and jewelry,” Owens said. “It will be a boot-scootin’ good time and a way to support Arlington Urban Ministries’ mission of providing emergency assistance for utilities, rent and food for those in crisis in our community.”

A large steering committee includes Ali Bear, Terry Brawner, Kim Buckmeyer, Maggie Mixon, Julie Ryan, Suzy Salomon, Gail Smith, Ging-ging Vitek, Curtis Arnold, Jeff Smith and Joe Stenger just to randomly name a few who have worked diligently on the party.

A spotlight moment of the evening will be the introduction of the recipients of the Doing Good in the Neighborhood Award that recognizes Arlington high school juniors and seniors for their commitment and volunteerism to their community. Honorees are Zoey Harmon, Sarah Chamberlain and Rebecca Matlock.

Tickets are $50 each, and reservations are due Friday. Make them at www.arlingtonurbanministries.org or call Jennifer Weber at 817-861-8585. River Ranch is at 500 NE 23rd St. in the Stockyards.

New York-themed party will help homeless kids

If you heart New York, no need to book a flight to the Big Apple because you can have all the fun without the hassle at the New York New York Party on Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. As a bonus, your ticket purchase will benefit the children’s programs at Arlington Life Shelter.

“There will be live entertainment featuring Frank Sinatra-style crooner Doug MacAlister, a chef-prepared buffet serving up dishes from the many cultures of New York and a silent auction,” said event chairwoman Lois Bacon, founder of the Carter Committee for Children’s Charities.

Bacon said the organization — named in honor of Bob and Sheila Carter for their remarkable and enduring work in helping the homeless men, women and children in the Arlington area — was established in response to the needs of homeless children who come to the Arlington Life Shelter.

Impressive silent auction swag includes tickets to the Colonial golf tournament, an autographed photo of Dallas Mavericks star Devin Harris, spa packages, jewelry, a handmade quilt, Dallas Stars tickets, gift cards, books, children’s items (look for a stuffed bumblebee chair), gourmet cakes and truffles, and even a Coney Island hot dog cart.

A former shelter resident who has turned his life around created a lovely painting of a New York City street and donated it for the auction.

“This year we are going to have a retail corner with “I Heart NY” coffee mugs filled with gourmet candies and coffees for $10 each,” Bacon said.

Other hardworking committee members are Honorary Chairman Bob Carter, Jody Thornton, Joan Vitangeli, Margaret Harper, Brenda Patterson, Gary Staley and Don Bacon. The funds raised will be used to help children at the shelter attend summer camps and to provide clothes, backpacks, snacks, medicines, school supplies and many other needed items.

“It’s good fun and good food. And the success stories you’ll hear from shelter residents will move you to tears,” said Bob Carter. “Some people at the event may not know much about the shelter, so we’re hoping this will help people realize what good work the Arlington Life Shelter is doing.”

Tickets are $30 each or a $240 for a table for eight. Attire is dressy casual, and the venue is North Davis Church of Christ. Get tickets in the church office or call Bacon at 214-729-1693 or the church at 817-277-6347.

DAR Scholarship Luncheon April 5

The Scholarship Luncheon hosted by the Lucretia Council Cochran Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is set for April 5 at 11:30 a.m. at Rolling Hills Country Club.

“For over 35 years, we have presented DAR awards to fifth- and eighth-graders, Good Citizen awards to high school seniors, Junior ROTC medals to the high schools, Outstanding Teacher in American History awards, and two $1,000 scholarships to students that will attend UTA,” said DAR regent Nancy Davis.

Current and former teachers will be honored, and the guest speaker is Arlington school board President Bowie Hogg. Auctions and a raffle will feature specialty items and services.

Davis said a partnership with UT Arlington for a DAR scholarship endowment fund through matching funds was proposed last summer. “We are now proud to announce our endowment has been secured and the students of AISD will benefit from this legacy for years to come,” said Davis.

Funds from the endowment will be available in the spring of 2015, and the April 5 Scholarship Luncheon will raise the money needed for the 2014 awards and scholarships.

Tickets are $35. Call Davis at 817-465-5107 or contact her at ndavis54@gmail.com.

Golf & Concert combine for charity

A brand new venue for the Tee It Up for Charity annual golf tournament on April 11 was recently announced by the Junior League of Arlington, host of the event. Walnut Creek Country Club will welcome golfers for a fun day on the links followed by a concert.

“We are excited for the community to come out to Walnut Creek Country Club, enjoy dinner from Spring Creek Barbeque, listen to The Spazmatics on the Hoffman Cabinets stage and raise money that will benefit many great organizations,” said Holly Potter-Harvey, who is co-chairing the event with Casie Hough.

Activities and festivities throughout the day will include putting contests and competitions for the longest drive, hole-in-one and closest to the pin. A scrumptious Spring Creek Barbeque dinner follows the tournament, and awards to the top three teams will be presented at 6 p.m. The lucky winners of drawings throughout the day will take home fabulous prizes including bountiful gift baskets, a wine-tasting party, an Olenjack’s dinner, hotel stays, spa services, jewelry and Rangers tickets.

Part two of the event is a great concert by popular ’80s cover band The Spazmatics. Organizers say everyone is encouraged to embrace the ’80s vibe and dress accordingly, and spicing up the fun will be a few ’80s-themed contests. The band will take the stage at 7 p.m.

Funds raised will enable the Junior League to fund a variety of local charities and projects in the greater Arlington area, including Make a Wish Foundation, AIDS Outreach Center, Alliance for Children, the Rainbow Room, All Star Equestrian Foundation and many others.

Register by April 1 for $160 per player, or $185 after. The price is all-inclusive and provides a cart, green fees, range balls, goody bag, dinner, beverages and a ticket to the concert. For the nongolfers, tickets for the dinner and concert are $35 per person.

Sign up online at www.jlarlington.org or call the office at 817-277-9481.

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