Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: 60th Birthday Bash for H-E-B Chamber of Commerce Sept. 12

David Medina, left, is in charge of the 60th Birthday Bash for the H-E-B chamber. 1956-57 chamber board Chairman Bill Souder, center, is shown in the photo at right.
David Medina, left, is in charge of the 60th Birthday Bash for the H-E-B chamber. 1956-57 chamber board Chairman Bill Souder, center, is shown in the photo at right. Courtesy photo

A milestone birthday calls for an exceptional party, and that’s exactly what the H-E-B chamber is planning to celebrate six decades of serving the businesses in Hurst, Euless and Bedford. The entire community is invited to the 60th Birthday Bash on Sept. 12 at the beautiful Hurst Conference Center.

An exciting night featuring dinner, live entertainment, auctions, a champagne toast and video horse-racing will await guests there to congratulate the chamber for 60 years of promoting its members and supporting the community.

In charge of the event is David B. Medina from Forest Ridge Funeral Home, and the committee members helping him with the heavy lifting are mayors from Euless, Bedford and Hurst — Linda Martin, Jim Griffin and Richard Ward, respectively.

What’s a party without great music and entertainment? No worries because a talented lineup of artists will provide continuous live entertainment throughout the evening. Taking the stage will be pianist Isaac Foreman, the L.D. Bell High School string quartet, Projeke 57, the Tarrant County College Northeast Campus Dancers and popular band Time Warp.

A champagne toast will be the spotlight moment at the party before a huge birthday cake is served to attendees. Partygoers can also visit the photo booth and/or do a little of their own singing at the karaoke area. And don’t miss the historical display of photos documenting the past 60 years in Hurst, Euless and Bedford.

Those who love to shop silent auctions will appreciate the convenience of mobile bidding during the party. Auction swag includes gift cards and certificates for dinners and other products, a 16 GB iPad Air, Apple TV, Texas Rangers tickets, Lone Star Park track passes and a mini helmet autographed by Dallas Cowboys legend Drew Pearson.

Video horse-racing — how often do you get to enjoy this activity at a party? There will be six exciting races with 12 horses per race. To ramp up the fun, you can buy naming rights for your horse for $25. Choose a catchy name that promotes your company and listen for the announcer to call out your horse’s name during the race for the finish line.

“The H-E-B Chamber of Commerce has been serving our members and the community for 60 years, and we look forward to the next 60,” said board Chairman Michael Land. “Come enjoy a festive evening with friends and coworkers — the 60th Birthday Bash will be an event not to be missed.”

Individual tickets are $75, and sponsorships are still available. Make reservations and purchase tickets online at or call the office at 817-283-1521.

Operation Back2School set for Saturday

Before school starts Monday, approximately 4,500 economically disadvantaged students in the H-E-B schools will be sporting new backpacks filled with all the supplies needed to start the new year. This is possible through the efforts of nonprofit organization 6 Stones, which started the program back in 2010.

Adrianna Watson, 6 Stones director of school-based initiatives, said Operation Back2School will focus on 2,500 elementary students who need supplies. High school and junior high kids in received their school gear during campus registration last week.

Students who are on the free or reduced-price lunch program are identified as economically disadvantaged, and since 54 percent of H-E-B students fall into this situation, Watson says the needs are great.

Saturday’s event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Campus West, 209 N. Industrial Blvd. in Bedford.

Parents at the Saturday event will be connected to free and low-cost services they can use year-round. More than 50 social service agencies and community partners will have exhibits set up handing out information, signing people up for services and doing health screenings. “Everything from JPS medical clinics, WIC, vision screenings, low-cost dental and healthcare, and much more will be available,” Watson said. Cowtown Clowns will be there with balloons and face-painters, Raising Cane will have free lemonade, and many exhibits will have games and free gifts.

Northeast Tarrant Lions President Pat Hannah said Lions volunteers will again be on hand to do vision screenings along with Essilor Vision Foundation. “Last year 50 kids left the event with new glasses thanks to these two groups,” said Watson.

Firefighters from Hurst, Euless and Bedford will be on hand Saturday autographing each school supply kit as they present them to students in attendance.

“Once again this incredible community is coming together to make an impact in the lives of H-E-B ISD students,” said Watson. “With help from our sponsors like HomePoint and over 1,000 volunteers from all over our community, 4,500 students will start school equipped with the supplies they need. But just as important is the encouragement that comes from a community supporting them to transform lives of these students and bring hope to their families.”

To make a donation or inquire about volunteering, contact Watson at 817-868-7400 or email her at .

At a glance

▪ The House of Blue Leaves runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 30 at Onstage in Bedford. The award-winning comedy is rated PG-13. The theater is in Bedford Boys Ranch, 2819 Forest Ridge Drive. Purchase tickets at or call the box office at 817.354.6444.

▪ Woofstock is Friday at 8 p.m. at Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive in Bedford. A “groovy” dog-friendly show featuring great tunes and ice-cold refreshments for a relaxing time on a slow summer evening. Admission is free. Questions? Call 817-952-2323.

▪ Pet Health Fair is Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. at Boys Ranch Activity Center, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive in Bedford. Veterinarians, groomers, trainers, boarders and other dog-related vendors will be on hand to ensure the good health of your furry companions. Admission is free. Call 817-952-2323 to inquire.

▪ Beatles tribute band Me & My Monkey will perform Friday at 7 p.m. at Leon Hogg Amphitheater, 1951 Bear Creek Parkway in Euless. Concessions are available, and admission is free. This is part of the MasterWorks concerts from Arts Council Northeast.

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