Arlington Citizen-Journal

April 14, 2014

Eyes on Arlington: YMCA awards luncheon April 22 at Cacharel

“It’s a New Day at the Y. We’re More Than A Gym. We’re a Cause.”

The YMCA of Arlington has announced “It’s a New Day at the Y. We’re More Than A Gym. We’re a Cause.” That theme will be woven throughout the upcoming Awards Luncheon and Annual Meeting the YMCA will host April 22 at Cacharel Restaurant.

Guests at the event will enjoy a luncheon followed by presentations reviewing the Y’s accomplishments last year and a preview of what lies ahead in 2014. Participants in the Y’s Annual Support Campaign, volunteers and board members will be honored. MC will be Clay Young.

“It is an honor to welcome community leaders, partner organizations, YMCA members and volunteers to our annual meeting,” says Roberto E. Aguirre, president and CEO. “We look forward to honoring our volunteer leaders. These generous people help the Y make a difference in the lives of children, adults and families.”

A spotlight moment at the event will be a special awards presentation. Honorees are: YMCA Volunteer of the Year Bryan Sloan, Youth Development Award winner Mike Ginani, Healthy Living Award winner Kit Boggs, and Social Responsibility Award winner Bob Neuman.

Also honored will be outstanding volunteers of the year from the three Family Center locations. Congratulations to Janet Middlebrooks, Cindy Rusch, and Peggy Shaw.

Presentations by Aguirre, board chairman Rodney H. Johnson, and Support Campaign chairman Claude Cunningham will give guests a better understanding of the Y and what lies ahead for the organization that serves more than 43,000 members.

Reservations by today are recommended, but some tickets will be available at the door. Contact Courtney Wood, 817-299-9629, ext. 10, or to make arrangements.

United Way Report to the Community Luncheon April 30

Aging in Arlington will be the focus of the United Way’s Annual Report to the Community Luncheon on April 30 at Cacharel Restaurant Grand Ballroom.

“We are looking forward to sharing our annual update with the Arlington community. One particular project we’ve been heavily involved with is a study of Arlington’s aging community,” said Cynthia Jenson, regional director of United Way-Arlington. Jenson said a grant from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services has enabled the agency to conduct a comprehensive community assessment of issues facing older adults in Arlington such as housing, transportation, medical services, and community supports.

“We seek to understand how prepared Arlington is for the coming generational shift: By 2030 the population of people over the age of 65 will double in the United States. The time is now to address the special issues faced by older adults,” Jenson said.

Keynote speaker is Pat Gleason-Wynn, a noted gerontologist and an Arlington resident who also chairs the Area Agency on Aging. Tim McKinney, Tarrant County United Way CEO, will update the audience on progress of the agency’s focus on education, income and health. And Bowie Hogg, chairman of the UW Arlington Steering Committee, will be on hand to recognize volunteers and give a brief retrospective of United Way-Arlington.

Register for the luncheon by April 25 at or contact Cheryl Tribett at 817-548-9595.

Seventh anual GIVE Auction is Thursday

An Arlington-based charity that helps children in Ghana, West Africa has announced that their annual fundraising auction is set for Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Pantego Lions Club Community Center, 3535 Marathon St.

Craig S. Powell, founding director of Ghana Initiative for Valued Education (GIVE), said the event continues to raise money to provide educational opportunities for children in Ghana West Africa. “Last year GIVE awarded 85 scholarships ranging from elementary school to university,” Powell said.

During the come-and-go affair, light refreshments will be served as guests peruse a silent auction featuring art work from local artists, sports memorabilia from the Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars, UT Arlington, FC Dallas and the Dallas Mavericks as well as gift certificates from local businesses.

Remarks at 7 p.m. will precede the announcement of auction winners at 8:30 p.m. Winners need not be present to win.

Learn more at or contact Powell at 682-323-5450 with questions.

Women’s Alliance to host May 20 Luncheon

The Women’s Alliance of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce will host “Lunch With Leaders” on May 20 at Medical Center of Arlington, sponsor of the event.

Guest speaker is Patti Johnson, CEO of PeopleResults and author of Make Waves: Be the One to Start Change at Work and in Life. Johnson is a noted career and workplace expert whose consulting firm advises clients such as PepsiCo, Microsoft, 7-Eleven, Accenture, and Frito-Lay on creating positive change in their organizations.

Women’s Alliance chairwoman Sarah Merrill Young said, “Come join us for our annual Awareness Event at Medical Center of Arlington and hear the discussion on how we can make waves in our personal and professional life.”

The event is filling quickly, so advance registration is suggested. Register by calling 817-275-2613 or sign up online at

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