Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Girls’ Service League celebrates 95th anniversary

Girls’ Service League members Rebe Popelka, Jane Harakal, Ruby McEwing, June Huffman, Terri Harse, Shirley Harden, Virginia Taggart, Sue Nivens, Kathy Fain, Gloria Houston, Carrie Phillips, Dolores Fitzgerald, Dezzie Whitlock-Dickson, Lisa Bradberry and Paula Snider.
Girls’ Service League members Rebe Popelka, Jane Harakal, Ruby McEwing, June Huffman, Terri Harse, Shirley Harden, Virginia Taggart, Sue Nivens, Kathy Fain, Gloria Houston, Carrie Phillips, Dolores Fitzgerald, Dezzie Whitlock-Dickson, Lisa Bradberry and Paula Snider.

Commemorating its 95th anniversary, the Girls’ Service League will have a reception Thursday at Thistle Hill, 1509 Pennsylvania Ave., from 5 to 7 p.m., where longtime supporters and local dignitaries will gather to celebrate the milestone.

“The Girls’ Service League has played an important part in the history of Fort Worth since its very beginnings, starting in May 1919,” said league officer Terri Harse. “Its forebear was the Girls’ Protective Bureau established in 1917 by the U.S. War Department, becoming the Girls’ Protective Association in 1919 and functioning until 1927 while undergoing several names, finally being incorporated as the Girls’ Service League in 1931.”

The storied organization now focuses on providing college scholarships to women in Johnson, Parker and Tarrant counties, and since 1978 more than $2 million worth of scholarships have been awarded to more than 500 women.

The league “has changed to evolve with the times as well as the needs of young women throughout the years,” Harse said. “Whether establishing emergency shelters for young girls and women in need of temporary care to providing educational assistance, the league’s main goal has always been to give protection and opportunities to young women.”

Paula Snider is president. Other officers are Sue Nivens, Kathy Fain, Shirley Harden and Georgia McCraken.

RSVP by calling 817-738-9092, or email Learn more at

Survivors in Style benefits nutrition programs for those battling disease

Survivors in Style hosted by Cuisine for Healing is set for Thursday at the Omni Hotel. The event will feature a fashion show celebrating the lives of 18 cancer survivors who will model the latest spring fashions after guests enjoy delicious appetizers and wine, and drawings are held for fabulous prizes.

“Spring is in the air, and we are excited to celebrate fashion, healthy food and cancer survival during our sixth annual Survivors in Style,” writes Sue Austin, president of Cuisine for Healing. “We wish to thank our event sponsors, supporters, models, family and friends for their continued support as we grow to serve more clients in need through our Outreach Food Program.”

Linda Cloud and Kellye Garrett are the event co-chairwomen, and Amy Yudiski is honorary chairwoman of this sixth year of the event. Proceeds benefit Cuisine for Healing as it continues its programs of “making nutritious, delicious food readily available to people combating disease while providing education about the power of healthy food.”

Melissa Adair of Dillards, who is providing the fashions, and Shannon Sanderford, Miss Fort Worth, will serve as co-masters of ceremonies during the moving program. The models will share their stories of triumph and hope. The delicious food served will meet all the certification guidelines set forth by Cuisine for Healing.

Tickets are $65. Make reservationsat or contact Austin at 817-921-2377. Learn more at


‘Rock the Red’ for American Heart Association Saturday

Arlington mom Carla Riffel will again host a dance fitness charity event, Rock the Red, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium in memory of her daughter Brandy Leamon. Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association.

The dance fitness charity event will be held on the 50-yard line where “licensed fitness instructors will team up and lead participants in various dance fitness styles such as U-Jam, Zumba, Pound rockout and hip-hop fitness routines that you can easily follow.”

Attendees will enjoy a self-guided tour of the stadium including a look at locker rooms, field clubs and the interview room. Special guest is Pepper Von, creator of Fierce Funk, who will help kick off the evening’s festivities.

Riffel’s daughter died in 2009 at age 30 from an autoimmune disease that attacked her heart. She had battled the disease from the age of 17.

According to a news release, Rock the Red raised more than $25,000 for the Heart Association in the first two events and attracted more than 1,400 participants.

“Just as the AHA helped Brandy through numerous heart surgeries, I hope to transform and improve as many lives as I can,” writes Riffel. “By teaming up with the American Heart Association in Tarrant County, we can all make a difference.”

Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for kids 6-11 (under age 5 are free) on event day. Sign up at, or call Kendall Preston 817-892-4524.

At a glance

▪ Sanctuary Servants and Greeters Expo is May 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hosted by the Grace Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, the event will raise money for scholarships and feature many vendors and exhibitors including Avon and Mary Kay. Other categories for sale include sunglasses, jewelry and bio scans to determine needed food supplements. Contact Myrtis Ross at to inquire.

▪ Legacy of Women nominations are due May 15. Each year, SafeHaven of Tarrant County honors women across Tarrant County who “demonstrate remarkable success in their chosen field of arts, business, education, health and human services and volunteerism.” Winners of the awards will be presented at a luncheon on Oct. 1 at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth.

Nomination criteria and information on how to submit your nominee is available at Nominations are due May 15. To learn more, contact Valerie Salter at or 817-535-6462, ext. 106.

▪ Run 4 Kids is Saturday at Dragon Stadium, 1085 S Kimball Ave. in Southlake. Hosted by Southlake Kiwanis Club, the event features a 1K fun run at 7:30 a.m. and a 5K race at 8 a.m. Registration is $30 for the 5K and $20 for the 1K, and race day sign-ups are available. If you register in advance, click on “Community Storehouse” and the charity will receive a $5 donation from Kiwanis. Learn more at, or call 817-577-9299 to inquire.

▪ LifeGift “Second Chance Run” is May 16 at 8 a.m. in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The 5K and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk helps bring awareness and raise money for LifeGift, a procurement organization that recovers organs and tissue for individuals needing transplants in 109 Texas counties.

▪ Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, an organ recipient, invites the community to join Team Fickes at (choose his team) or call 817-581-3600 to sign up.

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