Increasingly popular in many charity event circles is the party before the party where guests celebrate an upcoming fundraiser and raise seed money to make the main event possible. That’s what the Junior League of Arlington will do at the upcoming Christmas in July party at Rahr Brewery in Fort Worth as it invites the community to help kick off the 32nd annual Holiday Magic Gift Market in November.
Guests will dress casually and enjoy bottomless Rahr beer and food from some of Arlington’s favorite eateries.
Industrious members of Junior League working on the kickoff party as well as making plans for the Holiday Magic events and gift market are board of directors members including President Jeannie Deakyne, Emily Swanson, Andrea Powers, Valerie McDonald, Misty Lockhart and others.
A great band will play live music as partygoers visit and enjoy the sights of the brewery as they nosh on the signature dishes from Super Chix, Olenjack’s, Boomer Jacks, Mellow Mushroom and other popular restaurants.
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“We can’t wait to share all of the new community focused changes in store for this year’s holiday gift market. Be sure to join us for the 2014 Holiday Magic at the Arlington Convention Center Nov. 7-9,” said Lockhart.
Tickets to Christmas in July are $30 and include bottomless beer, food and a special souvenir glass. Purchase tickets at the door or in advance at bit/ly/JLAXmasInJuly. Questions? Call the league office at 817-277-9481.
In other Junior League news, women in the community are invited to attend an open house on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Community Service, 4002 W. Pioneer Parkway to explore membership opportunities in one of Arlington’s most outstanding service organizations.
Guests will learn about the fall Circle of Service new member program and hear more about networking, community impact and leadership development from current members. There will be ample time to chat with board members and connect with other active members.
In charge of the open house are Lisa Hudson, recruitment chair, and April Pettitt, vice president of membership.
Theatre Arlington Guild president wins national award
During a brunch last month for Theatre Guild members hosted by Theatre Arlington staff in appreciation for their volunteer service, a surprise was in store for President Beth Marshall.
Marshall had no idea that she had been nominated by Executive Director Norman Ussery for the prestigious Spotlight Award given by the American Association of Community Theatre. The award recognizes dedication, service and contribution to a theater by individuals who have made a significant impact on the quality of the theater.
A representative from AACT was at the event to make the surprise presentation to Marshall before an audience of around 60 guild and theater board members and staff, who responded with a standing ovation.
“We are very proud to have Beth Marshall recognized by AACT — and even more proud to count her among our most treasured volunteers,” said Ussery. “This recognition means a great deal to our theater. To have Beth’s dedication to us recognized on the national level is a great honor all the way around.”
A longtime supporter and volunteer, Marshall joined the Theatre Arlington Guild volunteer group when it formed more than 20 years ago. Ussery said she is a loyal season subscriber and donor that volunteers in all aspects of the theater.
“Being honored by your peers is a huge compliment,” Marshall said. “I love volunteering at Theatre Arlington. My parents were Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital volunteers for years with over 10,000 hours and always stressed the importance of giving back. I have followed their advice.”
AACT, based in Fort Worth, provides networking, resources and support for 1,200 community theater groups across the country. Executive Director Julie Crawford said the Spotlight Award is typically presented to only a few individuals or businesses a year.
“It is very different from our other awards and is intended to help AACT members pay tribute beyond the local level to acknowledge exceptional service and significant impact,” Crawford said.
As for Marshall’s plans for her future role at Theatre Arlington she said: “I love Theatre Arlington and all it stands for. The productions are always wonderful, and I’m totally impressed by the talent that steps on that stage each and every show. I will certainly continue my work there as it has become my second home.”