Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Boots & Bling rides in Sept. 19 to help those with intellectual disabilities

Carolyn Sims is chairwoman of the Boots & Bling casino party benefiting North Texas SNAP.
Carolyn Sims is chairwoman of the Boots & Bling casino party benefiting North Texas SNAP. Courtesy photo

City slickers need to don that sparkly Western gear and mosey on over to the Hurst Conference Center on Sept. 19 for the Boots & Bling casino party benefiting North Texas SNAP.

Special Needs Assistance Partners serves individuals with intellectual disabilities, and the Western-themed gala evening will raise funds to continue its remarkable programs. Guests will enjoy a seated dinner, gaming, dancing, activities and a dessert bar. Chairwoman of the event is Carolyn Sims, former chief of staff for Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes.

Cowboys and cowgirls can mosey over to the silent-auction corral and try to lasso one of the spa packages or maybe a weekend vacation at Buffalo Thunder Casino Resort in Santa Fe, N.M. Sidle up to one of the fabulous themed wish bowls to view the gifts they contain to figure out where to drop your ticket to win gift cards, movie tickets, pet pampering and others. And don’t forget to try your hand at the wine pull to see what vintage you get to take home.

Prepare to be inspired by a moving program that includes a video presentation that will bring to life the services that SNAP provides, followed by a testimonial from a SNAP member.

“Our members have the same hopes and dreams as their peers living without intellectual disabilities — they want to have jobs, make friends and build long-lasting relationships,” said Executive Director Brandy Schimmel. “North Texas SNAP receives no federal or state funding, operating solely on benevolent gifts and fundraising events such as Boots & Bling Casino Night. We are committed to helping our members achieve their life goals and providing them with a solid support system for generations to come.”

DJ Scott Smith will play hits from every music genre for great listening and dancing. And the emcee for the evening is SNAP board member Mark Harrison. The gaming tables fill quickly, so better giddyup and get a seat so you can parlay that winning hand into a chance to win a prize at the casino drawing.

Generous donors have donated a $500 Visa card and an iWatch that will go home with the winning ticket holder. Raffle tickets are available online or at the event for $10 each or four for $25.

Tickets are $100 and tables of 10 are $850 (includes a plated dinner and $1,000 chip voucher for gaming). To inquire or make reservations, contact Schimmel at 817-545-9456. Learn more at

Run in the Dark Sept. 19 to brighten a child’s future

A brand new venue will host the 16th Run in the Dark benefiting Community Storehouse on Sept. 19. The festivities will take place at Bluestem Park at Alliance Town Center.

“We are thrilled to be hosting one of the first events at this brand new park developed by Hillwood,” said Executive Director Barbara Board. Participants and spectators will enjoy a 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run and a host of activities at the event, typically attended by more than 3,000 people.

The first overall male and female and the top three male and female finishers in various age groups will win awards, and the first 1,000 finishers in the fun run will receive glow-in-the-dark wristbands. The coveted Storehouse Cup goes to the school with the highest attendance and participation, while the Community Team Cup goes to the largest team from a business or group.

There’s a lot more than just the races. Spectators will also have a fantastic time at various activities and enjoy live music from the After5 Band. Don’t worry about feeding your hungry family because a bevy of food trucks will be there to satisfy big appetites. And the youngsters will love carnival-style games in the kids zone open from 4:30 to 9 p.m.

“All monies raised at this event helps to support over 12,000 children living in our community who are at or below the poverty level,” said Board. “We make sure children are ready and eager to start school in the fall. Our goal is to ensure that no child who needs us is turned away.”

Last year, Community Storehouse provided more than 42,000 services to more than 4,000 children in the Keller, Northwest and Carroll school districts, and it expects to serve over 5,000 children by the end of 2015.

The walk starts at 7 p.m. and runs take off at 7:45 p.m. The venue is at 9800 Hillwood Parkway. To learn more, visit or email Megan Stiller at

Walk Sept. 19 helps those battling kidney disease

Unite to fight polycystic kidney disease by participating in the 11th annual North Texas Walk for PKD on Sept. 19 at Southlake Town Square.

Hosted by the PKD Foundation, the event unites patients and their families from across North Texas to help raise money to find a medical treatment. The Southlake event is one of 66 walks around the country.

Those looking for a challenge beyond the walk can participate in the 5K Run the Square. Kids can participate in the Penny Kids Dash — a short fun run open to registered children 12 and under. Check in at 7 a.m. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and the children’s walk at 9 a.m. with the main walk event stepping off at 9:30 a.m.

Funds raised benefit those fighting the life-threatening genetic disease, which can lead to dependence on dialysis or the need for a transplant. Learn more at

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