Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Wine, Women and Shoes benefit to help students

An in-home dinner for eight from chef Marcus Paslay of Clay Pigeon will be available to bidders again at the Wine, Women & Shoes event benefiting Communities in Schools of Greater Tarrant County.
An in-home dinner for eight from chef Marcus Paslay of Clay Pigeon will be available to bidders again at the Wine, Women & Shoes event benefiting Communities in Schools of Greater Tarrant County. Courtesy photo

Picture this: a chic style show previewing fall fashions, boutiques brimming with gorgeous merchandise, fine wine, dinner, auctions, prize drawings and shoe guys (aka Soul Men) who know the difference between a wedge and a platform pump and how to pair Manolas with merlot.

What is it? The Wine, Women and Shoes event benefiting Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County, where you can round up your BFFs who are shoe fanatics to shop and sip for a good cause at the Oct. 2 event at the Ridglea Country Club.

“Our fourth annual Wine, Women and Shoes event offers a new seated buffet dinner with reserved tables, as well as VIP tickets for $175 per person with an exclusive pre-party on Sept. 24 at Neiman Marcus. Those tickets are going fast!” said Lisa Gunter, event chairwoman.

“We’re also excited about the creative new addition of one-of-a-kind, commissioned, shoe-themed art from local artists Nancy Lamb and Dan Blagg that will be auctioned off,” Gunter added. She also announced that the immensely popular private in-home dinner for eight from chef Marcus Paslay of Clay Pigeon, which raised thousands of dollars last year, will be available to bidders again this year.

Sassy celebrity models strutting the runway include Kelly Allen Grey, Nancy Lamb, Andrea Puente, Victoria Puente, Mary Rogers, Kami Schlossnagle and Wendy Stane (the Star-Telegram’s own marketing goddess) and many other amazing women.

Pick up some tantalizing threads from boutiques set up by Esther Penn, J. McLaughlin, Kendra Scott, Oui Please, Sassy Pantz, Style Nut Boutique and several other outstanding designers.

Vino samplings will be from Boisset, Deloach, Ferrari, Justin, Landmark, One Hope and Raymond Vineyards to name only a few.

Tickets are $125 each, and funds raised will enable Communities In Schools to serve more than 30,000 at-risk students across 50 schools in Tarrant County. Purchase tickets online at or call 817-446-5454.

Fighting prostate cancer with car power

Cowtown Cruisin' for a Cure on Saturday will feature a fabulous display of custom and classic cars, music, entertainment, and vendor booths — stuff you might expect to find at an event for car lovers. What you might be surprised to find is an area set up to offer prostate cancer screenings for men over 40.

Local businessman Chris Goetz, a prostate cancer survivor, founded the event in 2001. He partnered with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital and UNT Health Science Center to provide the free cancer screenings for men attending the show. Thousands of visitors can learn more about prostate cancer as they enjoy the show that sprawls across several downtown Fort Worth streets cordoned off for the festivities.

Besides the awesome cars, attendees can enjoy an awards presentation and participate in a car raffle. Some lucky winners will also take home barbecue grills or weekend stays at the Sheraton Fort Worth.

The show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enter at Ninth and Commerce streets or Ninth and Throckmorton streets. The awards and special presentations are on the Main Stage at Sixth and Houston streets. Admission is free. Details at

Fall-prevention week offers activities and education

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults? A startling 2 million older adults are treated in emergency rooms for fall injuries each year. (Around 30 percent require hospitalization.) With these grim statistics, it’s no wonder that education about how to prevent falls is needed.

The week of Sept. 23-29 will be proclaimed by the Tarrant County Commissioners Court as Fall Prevention Awareness Week, and a task force from Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition has organized a number of events to shine a light on the problems stemming from falls.

First up is some lively entertainment in Sundance Square on Sept. 22 at 11:30 a.m. starring the Steppin’ Grannies of Fort Worth, a hip-hop line dance group of senior grandmothers ages 60 and up, and the Dukes of Uke and the Uke-A-Ladies ukulele bands. The task force members will be there to hand out fall-prevention information.

“Falls can be reduced through interventions such as a fall risk assessment, regular physical activity to increase balance, medication management and home safety assessment and modifications,” said D. Nicoleta Bugnariu, the physician chairing the Fall Prevention Task Force.

On Sept. 23, a Senior Issues Forum from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Forest Hill Civic and Convention Center will offer workshops about not only fall prevention but also neighborhood safety, Social Security and postal fraud. It is hosted by U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey. Call Jay Jackson at 817-920-9086 to register.

Be sure to sign up for one of the free classes from the “A Matter of Balance” program designed to manage falls and increase strength and balance. Various dates throughout the year and several locations are available to choose from. Call 817-321-4976 or email to reserve your spot in a class.

The Fort Worth Fire Department provides a free in-home safety evaluation and comprehensive home safety checklist to help prevent falls for Fort Worth residents. Call 817-392-6862 to schedule a home visit.

Questions about the fall-prevention outreach programs? Contact Kathryn Rotter in Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley’s office at 817-884-1234.

At a glance

▪ Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas 11th Anniversary Luncheon is Sept. 30 at 11:30 a.m. at Ridglea Country Club. Special guest is popular blogger January Harshe, founder of Birth Without Fear. The event celebrates motherhood and the special women who donate breast milk to save premature and critically ill infants. Tickets are $65. Register at

▪ Oktoberfest 5K is Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Runners and spectators are invited to dress in their best German-inspired costumes as they enjoy live German Polka music, Bavarian treats, a stein-hoisting competition and craft beer samples in a biergarten. Pre-register on site at 7:30 a.m. $40 registration for runners; $10 admission to biergarten for general public. Proceeds benefit the Fort Worth Police Officers’ Award Foundation.

▪ Friends of the Arlington Public Library Book Sale is Thursday through Sunday at the Meadowbrook Recreation Center, 1400 Dugan St. in Arlington. Information at 817-548-9768.

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