Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Taya Kyle will give keynote address at chamber dinner

Taya Kyle, widow of Chris Kyle, promoting her new book, American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith and Renewal, at the Barnes & Noble on Hulen Street in south Fort Worth in May.
Taya Kyle, widow of Chris Kyle, promoting her new book, American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith and Renewal, at the Barnes & Noble on Hulen Street in south Fort Worth in May. Star-Telegram archives

Taya Kyle, widow of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming annual dinner for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. The festive evening set for Sept. 24 at the Arlington Convention Center ballroom is themed, “The Future is Bright,” and is a celebration of business and community achievements.

“Having a much more integral part of the chamber’s premier event is a sincere privilege,” said Kelly Curnutt, recently appointed interim president and CEO. “Our theme is appropriate for recognizing the accomplishments of the prior year and laying the foundation for 2016 and beyond.

“With respect and pride, we look forward to an inspirational message from Taya Kyle,” Curnutt said. “And later in the program we will show appreciation to our growing membership, pay tribute to our new and outgoing board members and recognize with special awards those serving beyond all expectation.”

An opening cocktail reception is typically attended by hundreds of guests as they enjoy networking before the dinner is served. Attendees can peruse a silent auction while a quintet from the Sam Houston High Orchestra provides music. The Lamar High Madrigals will later perform the national anthem to begin the program.

A highlight of the evening will be presentation of the STAR Award to Linda and Dan Dipert. The award is the highest recognition given by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce to an individual for significant contributions to the community.

“The STAR Award is a great honor, and as a recipient I am inspired to do more for our community. What a privilege to be accepting it alongside Dan — my greatest mentor,” said Linda Dipert.

Being selected for the Arlington Business Hall of Fame is an extraordinary honor, and this year’s inductees are Jerry Jones and Mojy Haddad. The longtime Arlington businessmen will be introduced at the event and will join a distinguished list of other business leaders whose contributions to the city are identified with Arlington’s development and growth.

And always highly anticipated is the announcement of the chamber’s A-Team Member of the Year.

Tickets are $60 for chamber members and $100 for nonmembers. Reserve online at, or call the chamber office at 817-275-2613.

Kenny Loggins to do benefit show at the Levitt

If you are among the more than more than 127,000 people who enjoyed the 50 free concerts at the Levitt Pavilion last year, now is a good time to think about where the money comes from to pay so many fabulous bands to perform. One of the main economic engines to provide this free entertainment is the annual benefit concert held in the fall.

If you want to cheer now, go ahead — but hold your applause until this year’s Levitt Benefit star, Kenny Loggins, takes the stage Oct. 3. Fans won’t mind ponying up for the only Levitt concert all year that requires a ticket to get in because Loggins never disappoints an audience with his impressive repertoire of hits.

“Kenny Loggins rarely performs in our area, so we’re really excited and pleased to have him for our annual benefit concert to raise money for more than 50 free concerts,” said Patti Diou, executive director of Levitt Pavilion.

Maybe you remember some of his hits — there’s Celebrate Me Home, Danger Zone, Footloose, This Is It and Your Momma Don’t Dance among a slew of others. Over the past four decades, Loggins has had a dozen platinum albums, won two Grammys and earned the title of “Soundtrack King” because of the many songs he wrote and recorded for such Hollywood movies as Caddyshack, Footloose and Top Gun.

Opening for Loggins will be Aquile, from Season 3 of the reality show The Voice. The singer has been getting great reviews as he performs at venues across the country.

Expand the evening into an unforgettable experience by purchasing a VIP package that includes drinks and dinner prepared by Blue Mesa served at the Arlington Museum of Art, just a stone’s throw from the Levitt Pavilion.

VIP guests will visit during a cocktail hour and enjoy a silent and live luxury auction before the concert. Also included are reserved VIP seats at the concert and parking in the VIP lot along with a souvenir program. VIP tickets range from $150 to $180 per person. Call 817-543-4308 to make arrangements.

General admission tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the gate. Purchase at any fall concert or buy online at Remember, you don’t need to bring your own seating because chairs will be provided at the benefit concert. Food, soft drinks, wine and beer will be available to purchase.

Open house for women interested in philanthropy

For women who want to explore joining a group of dynamic women seeking to transform lives in the Arlington area through philanthropy, a get-acquainted meeting is planned for Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at an Arlington residence.

The group is called Women Inspiring Philanthropy, a nonprofit organization formed in 2012 with the mission of making annual grants to local organizations focused on culture, education, environment, family and health and wellness. The group wants to transform lives by putting heads, hearts and pocketbooks together.

The only membership requirement is to be female and give at least $1,000 a year. The group has around 70 members and has awarded more than $125,000 in grants since the group was established.

“We are still a young, fluid and evolving organization and we welcome and encourage you to join us,” said founder Linda Dipert. She stressed that the organization is not just about charity, it’s about making a difference.

Guests at the open house will get acquainted with members, enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and learn more about plans to continue making the community better through strategic investments, resulting in greater impact.

The meeting is informational only with no obligation to participate. To RSVP and learn further details, send an email to or call 817-271-5809.

Friends of the Poor walk is Sept. 19

Grab your walking shoes for this year’s Friends of the Poor Fun Walk at Vandergriff Park on Sept. 19 hosted by Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

The society is “a Catholic lay organization that leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering.” This is the eighth year for the Arlington walk, which raises funds to relieve poverty and raise awareness of the problem.

In charge of the walk are chairs Sandie Vance and Kristin Schwinkendorf with help from committee members Kay Norval, John Kitowski, Tilie Kitowski, Lena Campbell, Debbie Kerwin and Rozanne Veeser.

It’s a family-friendly event, and all walkers will receive a free T-shirt. Light food and beverage will also be provided. Walkers are encouraged to make a personal donation and to collect pledges from supporters. Register at or contact Schwinkendorf at

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