Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Summer Santa and Arlington Boys & Girls Clubs to host fabulous parties

Guests at last year’s Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington’s Party for a Purpose. This year’s event is Oct. 1.
Guests at last year’s Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington’s Party for a Purpose. This year’s event is Oct. 1. Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington

Fall event season has arrived. Dozens of local charities will soon host events to raise funds for local causes, and that means you will need to choose carefully where to put your support and skillfully fill your calendar with the event that strikes your fancy. Summer Santa and Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington are pros at putting on parties, and both invite the community to give their upcoming shindigs a try.

Summer Santa Tribute to Love party celebrates 20 years for the children’s charity

Any party that invites guests to wear Texas chic and includes line dancing and listening to great country music while helping needy children gets my ticket money before you can say “cowboy boots.” The entire community can join in the Sept. 25 Texas-style Tribute to Love celebration hosted by the folks at Summer Santa as they commemorate 20 years of helping children in Northeast Tarrant County.

The Party Machine band from Emerald City Management will go country to start the fun with a line-dancing lesson before the dance floor fills up during two sets of high-energy nonstop music, lights and motion. Partygoers can say howdy during a cocktail reception as they wet their whistles before the grub is served.

“Guests will be welcomed with that famous Texas hospitality and chow down on Texas cuisine prepared by the Scratch Kitchen,” spokeswoman Sherri Whitt said. “The Texas Tavern will be pouring beer, wine and beverages throughout the evening.

“The trail boss auctioneer, Chuck Inman, will be lookin’ to rile up guests to bid on a week’s stay at a Seacrest Beach home in Florida, a Texas fishing expedition, a catered dinner by Scratch Kitchen in Southlake, a longhorn calf, a Super Supper package and a custom wine blending class,” Whitt added. Bidders will experience a creative auction as items are presented in ways that will appeal to their five senses, she said.

The success story of the all-volunteer Summer Santa charity has touched more than 4,000 kids who were sent to summer camps they could not otherwise afford, along with providing back-to-school shopping outings for 2,000-plus children, sports equipment for Miracle League and a host of other services. Of particular note is the involvement of hundreds of high school students in Summer Santa’s programs, giving them a chance to learn what philanthropy means. In its 20-year history, the charity has raised more than $1 million to help more than 43,000 kids.

After dinner, the presentation of the Art of Philanthropy awards to Roxann Taylor, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Llc. and the Southlake Women’s Club Foundation will be a spotlight moment. Emcees for the evening are Summer Santa founders Brad Bradley and Dave Lieber.

In charge of the event is chairwoman Vicky Stropes with help from a great committee that includes Bill Smith, Natalie White, Karen Lieber and Chuck Inman. A brand-new venue —The Marq in Southlake — will be perfect for this year’s celebration.

“Summer Santa is very excited to host an event at The Marq in Southlake for the children of Northeast Tarrant County. It is a celebration in honor of children, volunteers and supporters,” Whitt said. “Because of the generosity of guests at last year’s event, the charity was able to increase camp scholarship and back-to-school shopping programs by over 20 percent.”

Tickets are $75 per person. To make reservations, call 888-287-2682 or purchase online at

‘Casino Royale’ will offer 007 Fun at Boys & Girls Clubs’ Party for a Purpose

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington do a remarkable job of serving at-risk youths, and they also happen to be excellent party-throwers. For example, their 57th annual Party for a Purpose on Oct. 1 will have another irresistible theme, “Casino Royale,” and will be a top event of the season.

Party guests are invited to wear secret agent or Bond Girl attire (aka cocktail) as they arrive at a party venue that James Bond himself would feel at home in: Park Place Motorcars in Arlington.

The evening of 007 fun will feature a moving program, a fabulous gourmet meal and spy-worthy cocktails (martinis shaken, not stirred). At the after-party, the Jam Wows will play dance music between turns at the tables in the Casino Royale.

“We are thrilled that this year’s Party for a Purpose gala will be held at the brand-new, beautiful Park Place Motorcars dealership in Arlington,” said Carol Camp, who is chairing the event with Gara Hill. “Our sponsors and patrons are sure to have an unforgettable time — from the James Bond-style martinis during the cocktail hour to the casinos and live music during the after-party.”

Committee members include Songul Agir, Robyn Barrere, Karen Bass, Kay Duggan, Lindsy Fernandez, Mike Gerro, Holly Harvey, Lori Henegar, Leslie Hogg, Tricia Maibach and LouAnn O’Donnell to randomly name only a very few.

Intelligence gathered by our spies has uncovered top secrets about some incredible auction swag. A one-week stay at The Reef Atlantis in the Bahamas, a vacation stay at a lovely Pelican Bay beach home in Naples, Fla., a luxury suite package at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Texas Rangers luxury suite and tickets to see Willie Nelson perform at Billy Bob’s Texas are just a few things discovered during the mission.

Silent and big-board auctions will have Bond-worthy goodies, and some lucky winner will find out that diamonds are forever by taking home a 1-carat variety of the sparkling gem.

Tickets are $175 per person, and funds raised support the Boys & Girls Clubs programs that nurture and enrich the lives of children in our community. Purchase online at, or contact Holly Clinton,, or 817-275-6551.

Run in the Dark on Saturday to help kids

You don’t have to be an early riser to participate in the 17th annual Run in the Dark hosted by Community Storehouse on Saturday. Yep, you read correctly, this event has p.m. after the start times of 7 and 7:45 respectively for the 5K and 1-mile fun run.

As darkness rolls in, thousands will lace up their running shoes and head for Bluestem Park at Alliance Town Center, the new location for the event. It will look like a living light show as glow-in-the-dark devices pop up everywhere along the route.

According to Executive Director Barbara Board, nearly 12,000 children in the Keller, Carroll and Northwest school districts qualify as low-income and need help from Community Storehouse. “You can help provide for the educational needs and well-being of these local kids by registering to Run in the Dark,” Board said.

Participants are encouraged to form teams and get friends and family involved. Each team will be entered in a contest to win the Community Cup. There’s even a fun “ghost runner” category for those who want to participate without actually having to run or walk the course.

“There also will be food trucks, kid zone games, sponsor booths, live music and an award ceremony. Whether you are running, walking, cheering or ghosting, please register and do your part for at-risk kids in our community today,” Board wrote in the monthly newsletter published by Community Storehouse.

Details and registration information are online at

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