Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Great handbags aim to create better futures for women

2014 It’s in the Bag event committee members Stephanie Corrigan, Emily Jonas, Annie Young, Misty Kimbrough, Lora Shumate, Karen Freeman, Susan Taylor, Danielle Marshall, Kendal Smith Lake.
2014 It’s in the Bag event committee members Stephanie Corrigan, Emily Jonas, Annie Young, Misty Kimbrough, Lora Shumate, Karen Freeman, Susan Taylor, Danielle Marshall, Kendal Smith Lake.

Purses and handbags are often symbols of success, and the Ladder Alliance wants women — particularly those who come from low-income households or are victims of domestic violence — to live a successful, empowered life.

That’s the idea behind the It’s In The Bag luncheon April 24 at Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth. Guests will enjoy champagne mimosas, a lovely lunch and a silent auction featuring donated handbags from local boutiques and national stores, plus vintage bags from local celebrities.

“This event brings women together as a support community. Together we can help the Ladder Alliance clients achieve their goals of self-reliance, confidence and positive life change,” said Lora Shumate, who is co-chairing the event with Annie Young.

NBC5 newswoman Deborah Ferguson will emcee the event, and two graduates will tell their moving stories. Special guest speaker is Mayor Betsy Price.

“The event will close with a lively and fun small live auction including a ladies Rolex watch, dinner cruise, a shopping spree and a flight around Fort Worth for two,” alliance spokeswoman Kate Snow said.

Attendees will have a chance to bid on personal bags donated by Kellie Rasberry and Jenna Owens, co-hosts of the nationally syndicated Dish Nation TV show. A great selection of Michael Kors, Kate Spade and other unique bags will be part of the mix along with spa packages and jewelry.

Funds raised help the agency provide job-preparedness programs including computer training, office skills development and a GED study course.

Tickets are $100 per person and include the seated lunch, two mimosa or wine tickets, and valet parking. Reservations are due Monday. Call 817-502-7185 or visit

Mayor’s International Dinner Global Awards Game Show

An evening of international cuisine and entertainment by celebrity contestants competing for the title of Game Show Champion is set for Thursday at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel.

Hosted by Fort Worth Sister Cities International, the event “will recognize and honor individuals, businesses and organizations that have made a significant contribution to citizen diplomacy, global understanding, world political stability and international commerce.”

Special guests who will receive inaugural awards include U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, recipient of the Global Impact Award. The Black Ecumenical Leaders Alliance will receive the Global Citizens Award, and Dallas/Fort Worth Airport will receive the Global Nexus Award.

“Congresswoman Granger has been a vocal advocate in revitalizing Fort Worth and helping to make it the first-class city it is today,” event chairman Jeff King said,

A luxury raffle of travel, dining and entertainment packages will help raise money for the Sister Cities programs.

Tickets cost $150 and reservations are due. Call 817-632-7100 or visit to make arrangements.

Northeast Tarrant

Metroport Meals on Wheels celebrates anniversary at Black Tie Affair

Martinis, champagne, great food and live entertainment await guests at A Black Tie Affair benefiting Metroport Meals on Wheels. Generously hosted by the Conservatory at Keller Town Center, the glamorous affair is to wish the agency a happy 35th anniversary, donors say.

“We are honored and thrilled that the conservatory has chosen MMOW as the beneficiary of their Black Tie event,” event chairwoman Virginia Muzyka said. “The outreach of Metroport Meals on Wheels to our participants has been successful because the community recognizes the importance of taking care of our own.”

Sumptuous food will be provided by the conservatory, the Classic Cafe at Roanoke, Truluck’s, Golden Thai, Chick-fil-A, Keller Beverage Co. and a host of other outstanding eateries.

A large committee includes Lisa Skopal, Celia Fancher, Alicia Smith, David Zant, Faith Paramore, Manuel Herrera and Jennifer Markum, to randomly name only a few of those working hard to ensure a terrific evening.

Tickets are $35 per person, and reservations are due Tuesday. Call 817-491-1141 to reserve your spot. Visit to learn more. The address of the event venue is 200 Country Brook Drive in Keller.

Dining showcase, auction and talent show April 25 benefits local business causes

Where can you go to taste wonderful food from 25 different restaurants in one night and shop a silent auction of more than 350 terrific products and enjoy live entertainment by local talent? It’s the Denim & Diamonds event hosted by the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce on April 25 at the NYTEX Sports Centre.

Annually attended by at least 1,500 residents, the wildly popular event is well worth the $20 ticket. It’s a fun, festive time where food lovers can indulge to their heart’s content and shoppers can get all the retail therapy they can handle in a three-hour time span.

Chamber President Jack Bradshaw said, “Denim & Diamonds attendees come back year after year because the event is so much fun, plus the proceeds benefit our local programs including scholarships for high school seniors, the Leadership Northeast Program, Teacher of the Year, Business Education Success Team and several others.”

Serving up their signature dishes will be such restaurants as Abuelo’s, Bonefish Grill, Cafe Sicilia, Crazy Cowboy, Cristina’s Mexican Restaurant, El Chico Cafe, Niki’s Italian Bistro, Red Hot & Blue, Rita’s, Redneck Heaven, ZuRoma Bar & Grill and many others

Popular regional entertainer Michael Hix will host a live talent show featuring great area performers as they compete for top talent honors and prizes.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $5 children ages 6-12. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $10 for children 6-12. Kids under age 5 are admitted free.

Call 817-281-9376 or visit to make arrangements for a wonderful evening. The venue is at 8851 Ice House Drive, North Richland Hills.

Competition for Haltom City Mayor’s Cup heats up while helping needy kids

Nothing like a little friendly competition between cities here in the Metroplex, and what better place to prove your worth than on the golf course. Haltom City Mayor Richard Hutchison invites the community to participate in the fourth annual Mayor’s Cup Challenge on April 24 at the Golf Club at Fossil Creek.

According to spokeswoman Christi Pruitt, “Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Haltom City/Birdville ISD Back to School Health Fair that provides free health screenings, free family photos, community information and resources to our local students, along with school supplies and backpacks for nearly 2,000 students each year.”

Three flights of competition will play a four-man scramble with a 2 p.m. shotgun start. The mayors flight is for mayors and city managers, first responders flight is for police vs. fire and the friends flight is open to anyone who wants to be a supporter. A dinner and awards program follows the tournament.

Haltom City Parks and Recreation director Tom Henry said North Richland Hills successfully defended its title for the third year in a row last year with Hurst taking second place and Watauga ranking third in the mayor’s flight. “The first responder flight was won by NRH with Haltom City in second,” Henry added. “We had 22 teams in the tournament and raised over $7,000 for our back-to-school health fair.”

Sounds to me like a lot of local cities had best step up to the tee if they want to unseat the three-time champs from NRH and take home the traveling trophy for bragging rights. Sign up by calling Pruitt at 817-831-6471 or register at by April 22.

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