Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: Festival of Friends gala Nov. 3 raises money for senior citizens

The silent auction is one of the attractions at Festival of Friends presented by Hurst-based charity Mid-Cities Care Corps.
The silent auction is one of the attractions at Festival of Friends presented by Hurst-based charity Mid-Cities Care Corps. Courtesy photo

A party extraordinaire — the Festival of Friends — is coming up Nov. 3 at the Hurst Conference Center. Presented by Hurst-based charity Mid-Cities Care Corps, the annual affair convenes supporters of the charity to celebrate the good work being done for senior citizens in the community. Guests will enjoy a dinner, auctions and a wonderful program during a memorable evening.

Mid-Cities Care Corps provides transportation services for the elderly to medical appointments and on weekends for grocery shopping, banking and quality-of-life outings. Home repair and lawn upkeep as well as social outreach are other programs offered. Funds raised at the party will help continue these critical services to help seniors remain independent.

“This is our 35th anniversary as a nonprofit, and we are celebrating our legacy at the Festival of Friends event,” said Duane Buuck, executive director. “Our outreach benefits seniors in 11 surrounding communities with health, hope and healing through our core programs. And our dedicated volunteers and leaders say they get back more than they give when working with our seniors.”

Nationally known author and speaker Missy Buchanan will entertain guests with a special presentation during a program after dinner. “Missy has appeared on Good Morning America and has written many books on the topic of aging. Her compassionate humor is both entertaining and enlightening and offers encouragement to older adults and their families,” said Buuck.

Impressive live auction swag includes a diamond pendant, a vacation stay in Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, overlooking the Sea of Cortez in Los Cabos, and a week at a Victorian home in historic downtown Saluda, N.C. Another trip to Sedona, Ariz., will go to the highest bidder as will a special dinner party for eight guests prepared in your home by Pastor Chef Phil Heinze.

Chairing the event is Carolyn Sims with a big assist from committee members Sue Ward, Kay Schmuelgen, Cris Gross, Amanda Foote and Julie Cormack. President of the Mid-Cities Care Corps board of directors is David Jung, pastor of Crown of Life church.

Party guests will have fun at a wine pull where every pull guarantees a vintage valued at least the cost of playing and an exciting possibility to pull far more expensive selections. A fun twist to the silent auction will be the Fifth Bidder Frenzy where the bidder on line 5 of the auction sheet will be entered into a drawing for a fabulous prize.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online at or call the office at 817-282-0531.

Order now for hamburger lunch to help H-E-B Children’s Book Fund

Mark your calendar for lunch on Oct. 25 (but place your order by Oct. 21) and you will not only enjoy a scrumptious meal but you’ll be helping with a literacy project benefiting kids in the H-E-B school district. Lunch will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Pat May Center, 1849-B Central Drive in Bedford, and you can choose to dine in or pick up your order for takeout.

The Burgers for Books lunch is hosted by the local Retired School Employees organization as part of the Children’s Book Project, a statewide effort to promote literacy. Funds raised through the event will enable the Retired School Employees to present a brand-new book later this year to all fifth-grade H-E-B students and to all ESL secondary students — about 2,000 books in all.

The generous folks at Outback Steakhouse led by manager Travis Stephenson prepare the tasty lunch. “After Outback brings the food, we have a crackerjack team of volunteers that assemble the burgers and get orders ready promptly,” said Danny Prado, Retired School Employees member in charge of the event.

Here’s how it works: Pre-order your lunch before Oct. 21 by emailing Prado at to indicate the quantity of burgers and the time you want to pick them up (anytime after 9:30 a.m. Oct. 25). For dine-in participants, indicate the burger quantity and names of diners in your email.

The organization has around 500 members who can attend monthly meetings and participate in the literacy project and other community endeavors. Any former school employees who wish to inquire about becoming a member can contact the president, Kathy Prado, at Visit to learn more about the group.

The Burgers for Books event is the perfect time to treat the entire staff in your office or business to lunch and make them aware of the Children’s Book Fund. Clubs, neighbors and friends can order burgers as a group and help this great literacy project. Of course, individual orders are also welcomed.


  • Book Sale is Friday-Sunday at the Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive. Hosted by the Euless Library Foundation, the sale offers great deals on previously read books. Early shopping on Friday is 2-4 p.m. with a $5 admission. Shop free on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Summer Reading Club.
  • HEBeFIT Health Fair is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pennington Field, 1501 Central Drive in Bedford. Inaugural event will feature activities for kids plus all kinds of health-related services and information for families. Discover fun opportunities for families to get fit together. Event is presented by the cities of Hurst, Euless, Bedford, H-E-B schools and Texas Health H-E-B Hospital. Free admission and parking.
  • Touch-A-Truck Festival is Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Birdville Fine Arts/Athletics Complex, 9200 Mid-Cities Blvd. in North Richland Hills and benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Children and families can get up close and personal with community vehicles, trucks and machinery. Meet the men and women who protect, serve and build our community and enjoy activities in the kid zone, raffles, food trucks, and vendor booths. Cost is $5 per person.

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