Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Rockin’ the Foundation set for Sept. 19 to benefit education

Lisa and Carl Cravens head the planning for 2015 Tailgate Arlington.
Lisa and Carl Cravens head the planning for 2015 Tailgate Arlington. Courtesy photo

Come celebrate education as you enjoy world-class home-cooked barbecue after appetizers and drinks and later an evening packed with special entertainment at the annual Tailgate Arlington fundraiser hosted by the Arlington ISD Education Foundation. The party venue is the hip Arlington Museum of Art located in downtown Arlington.

“We are so excited to help support the Arlington ISD Education Foundation,” said Carl Cravens, who is chairing the event with wife, Lisa Cravens. “This year’s annual Tailgate party is themed ‘Rockin’ the Foundation.’ The monies we raise will go directly back into the district so teachers can create and implement new and unique learning opportunities our students.”

Guests can rock a casual vibe by choosing their favorite concert T-shirt and jeans to wear to the party. Revelers will enjoy lots of time to visit with friends while enjoying beverages at an open bar and checking out the silent auction that includes great golf outings and premium tickets to a Rangers game among lots of other cool items.

A huge planning committee working on the event includes Ann Morris, Beth Owens, Chad Bates, Cindy Dao, Linda Dipert, Nancy Tice and Paul Fulks to name only a very few. Top sponsors are Balfour Beatty Construction; Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott; and Reliable Paving.

A word to the wise: Arrive hungry at this event because bringing his A-game back after rave reviews last year is attorney and foundation supporter Kelly Curnutt preparing his amazing slow-smoked barbecue. Curnutt was mum about his secret to barbecue success, saying only that he developed his recipe and method when he cooked for athletic booster clubs during his kids’ high school years and has perfected it by smoking barbecue for 1,200 cadets at the Air Force Academy where his son is a cadet.

“We have a wonderful team of helpers who come over the night before and help prepare the food. We have a lot of fun, and it has become the ‘party before the party,’” Curnutt said. Wife Mary Tom Curnutt, discarding the traditional slaw and potato salad and using her special recipes, prepares a selection of delicious, unique salads and sides that guests rave about.

Things will heat up during a live auction while bidders compete to win a week’s vacation in the Bahamas at the Atlantis resort, a private catered dinner served by Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos and the board of trustees, and suites at a Cowboys game and at Lone Star Park.

Back by popular demand after being a huge hit last year is “The Claw.” For $100, blindfolded guests can reach their arms deep into a giant tumbler and come out with gift cards from retailers at the Arlington Highlands. More fun awaits at the photo booth where participants can snap a shot of themselves on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Live music by the show choir at Young Junior High and a performance by vocalist and musician Brad Thompson will combine to make the atmosphere rock.

“Last year’s Tailgate Arlington event raised a record-breaking $100,000 for the Arlington ISD Education Foundation,” said Brian A. White, foundation executive director. “This year we are expecting to top that mark so we can increase our support to our AISD teachers and students.”

Tickets are $150 each. Purchase online at or call White at 682-867-1927.

Bowling tournament Saturday to help those with intellectual disabilities

Saturday is the big day for local nonprofit Advocates for Special People. It’s the day for the annual bowling tournament, one of the main economic engines for raising money to help intellectually disabled adults and their families. The agency provides programs for socialization, recreation and living.

Bowlers are asked to form teams and get sponsors to back their team at Spare Times Lanes, 3149 S. Cooper St., from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Registration is at noon.

“We coach and support an athletic program where our special athletes are trained in basketball, volleyball, track and field soccer, and softball. Our teams regularly compete in Special Olympic competitions at the area and state level,” wrote Executive Director Steve Brooks in a letter to supporters.

Funds raised will also enable the agency to continue providing daily activities in gym games, arts and crafts, therapeutic exercises, bowling, swimming, community service and field trips.

Officers are Lisa Jamieson, Marilyn Priddy, Mary Odom and Dwain Bierbrauer.

Bowlers and spectators alike will enjoy perusing a silent auction or buying a ticket for a 50/50 raffle. Refreshments will be available at the bowling alley. It’s a family-friendly outing that’s fun to watch or participate as a bowler, with the added benefit of helping a really good cause.

To become a sponsor, donate an auction item or make an inquiry, contact Brooks at 817-308-6500. Learn more about the organization at

Events at a glance

▪ Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Center for Community Service, 4002 W. Pioneer Parkway. Those wanting to learn about joining are invited. A preview of upcoming programs on “How to Record Your Family Story,” “Colonial Costumes” and “The Story of an English Child Evacuee During WWII” will be of interest to members and guests. Arlington’s Lucretia Council Cochran Chapter has 200 members, and dues are $57. Women who are of lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution are eligible to join.

“We are here to use our strengths and interests to serve our community in a variety of ways. One of the things I love is that there is something for everyone: genealogy, veterans, education, historic preservation, the arts, patriotism,” said member Marilyn Funderburk. Contact her at 817-496-3593 to inquire.

▪ Arlington Garden Club meets Sept. 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the Fielder House Museum, 1616 W. Abram St. LaVonne Nowlin, Master Gardener, will kick off the first meeting of the year with a presentation on gardening in containers. Everyone in the community is invited. Learn more or inquire at

▪ Encore Club will have a Membership Tea on Sept. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the North Davis Church of Christ. The club was organized in 1975 to promote friendship among women through social, cultural and philanthropic activities. A basket raffle, refreshments and chance to get acquainted with members will await guests who want to explore joining the club. To inquire, email Linda Price at

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