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Eyes on Arlington: New beginnings for Junior League of Arlington

The Junior League of Arlington board of directors and leadership team were honored recently at the annual dinner and awards meeting where new officers became official and three special awards were presented to outstanding members.
The Junior League of Arlington board of directors and leadership team were honored recently at the annual dinner and awards meeting where new officers became official and three special awards were presented to outstanding members. Courtesy photo

Along with a celebratory annual dinner ushering in new officers, the Junior League of Arlington is also making plans to unveil a brand new fall fundraising event that will replace the longtime holiday gift market the organization has hosted for more than 30 years.

A launch party to announce the details about the new event is set for July 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. in Fort Worth where guests will enjoy mixing and mingling while sipping on bottomless beer, nibbling on delicious appetizers, taking tours of the facility, receiving a fun souvenir glass and enjoying live music.

“We are excited about our third annual fundraising event at Rahr brewery,” said President Emily Swanson. “We will have music from the Roadside Preachers, food and, of course, great beer. Since we are saying goodbye to our market event, Holiday Magic, we are thrilled to kick off our new fall event and unveil the exciting details of things to come for the JLA.”

Everyone from the community is invited to the launch party, dubbed Rock & Rahr, Swanson said. Mum about details surrounding the big announcement, she did reveal that the new event will feature a great music act and will be held Oct. 17 at Arlington Museum of Art in downtown. Stay tuned for more details.

In other Junior League news, the board of directors and leadership team were honored recently at the annual dinner and awards meeting, where new officers became official and three special awards were presented to outstanding members.

Congratulations to Swanson, President-elect Julie Reinhardt and other officers including Kate Grigal, Shelly Osten, Emily Fish, Theresa Austin, Rene Demaree, Ashley Garrison, Valerie Landry, Lisa Hudson and April Pettitt.

“As I head into my 14th year of service to JLA, I am thrilled to witness and participate in the impact this dynamic group of women is making on our community. We have a solid foundation from which we started in 1982, and my goal is to continue that legacy of service to our community,” Swanson said.

The all-women organization has 174 active members and 299 sustaining members and will fund $16,000 in community projects this year along with a slew of volunteer service hours. A host of community nonprofits receive grants and/or volunteers from JLA, and the group will continue to host the Glass Slipper Boutique, which provides prom attire for local students in need.

Adrienne Loper, a 17-year veteran of JLA, received the President’s Award given annually to the member that exemplifies the Junior League mission of promoting voluntarism and improving the community through the action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Accepting the Debra Deur Award given to a sustaining member who continues to further the mission of JLA was Sarah Wood.

“In recognition of a member who demonstrates the power of one woman’s dream, we award the Women With Vision award,” said outgoing President Jeannie Deakyne. Former state legislator Diane Patrick — also a sustaining JLA member — was announced as the recipient of this honor.

“Diane received the 2015 award for nearly five decades of dedicated service to public school education,” Deakyne said, adding that Patrick worked at the league, district and state levels.

Rolling out more news about upcoming changes, Swanson said the back-to-school fair the league has hosted for the past seven years will now be part of a larger initiative. After being approached by the Arlington school district in February about joining forces with the Dallas Cowboys and other community groups to create an even bigger event, the Junior League enthusiastically agreed. JLA will have a key role in the inaugural citywide back-to-school event.

“Junior League of Arlington members are dedicated to creating positive change within the local community, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to impact so many families with this event,” Swanson said in a statement.

Learn more about how to join the Arlington Junior League by contacting Swanson at or to inquire about the Rock & Rahr event. Tickets to are $35 each and are available online at or at the door.

Friendraiser party July 30 supports Dental Health Arlington

It’s time for the fun summer outing hosted annually by Dental Health Arlington. The fifth annual DHA Friendraiser invites the community to come to the Maverick Bar & Grill in downtown Arlington on July 30 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to enjoy live music, yummy food, lively games of pool and foosball, and an exciting raffle drawing.

“We are super excited about the bands that will be playing,” said Glenda Bell, director of DHA SMILES program. “Opening will be David Tribble on acoustic guitar. And then The Wonderfuls, a band that has outstanding reviews.”

Dental Health Arlington operates a clinic at 201 N. East St. that provides dental care to low-income individuals and families to help them avoid future health issues and emergency dental problems.

Another signature initiative of DHA is the school-based SMILES program that focuses on educating young children on the importance of preventative care and regular visits to their dentist along with providing free toothbrushes, sealants, and flouride to children in the community. SMILES annually benefits over 9,000 children in elementary schools.

Bell said the agency has high hopes for the fundraiser due to recent cutbacks in funding and the expense they expect to face when the clinic and offices have to relocate next year. The lease on the space they now occupy at 201 E. East St. will end in January and not be renewed since the property has sold.

“DHA is facing some challenges this year, and this is an opportunity for the Arlington community to come together and show their support and have fun at the same time,” said Bell.

Bell said DHA’s commitment to their patients’ care will continue throughout the process of finding a new, affordable location.

Friendraiser tickets are $15 at the door. Maverick Bar & Grill is at 601 E. Main St. To inquire, contact Bell at 817-277-1165 or learn more at

Scholarships presented by Arlington Woman’s Club

An impressive $17,500 was awarded to seven local high school seniors by the Arlington Woman’s Club at a reception this spring. The club established the scholarship program in 2004 and has awarded well over $150,000 to Arlington students since the program’s inception.

Congratulation to Cassidy Walsh (Arlington High), Nick Palma (Bowie High), Katie Plaue (Lamar High), Emily Tran (Martin High), Maria Santos (Sam Houston High), and Kendall Jones (Sequin High).

Allyson Guinn from Lamar High School received the Jean King “Excellence in Education” Scholarship established by King’s family to promote students interest toward a career in education. Guinn plans to attend UT Arlington.

AWC spokeswoman Bonnie Williams said scholarship winner Nick Palma appeared on the NBC Today at 6 morning television show on May 8 in the “Tell Me Something Good” segment where he spoke of his AWC scholarship award

Learn more about the organization at

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