Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Social Eyes: Stage West presents Acting With the Stars fundraiser

It’s time to figure out how to show some love for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, and topping what you did last year can be a challenge. No worries: Stage West has the solution.

Enjoy unique entertainment in a luxury setting at this year’s Acting With the Stars event. The venue is the elegant Horizon Room at the Fort Worth Club, where the food is magnifico and the service impeccable. Valentine couples will love the three-course gourmet meal complete with chocolate and a beautiful rose.

The centerpiece of the evening features six local celebrities who each pair up with a professional actor to perform love-themed scenes from well-known stage plays. Karen Borta from CBS 11 news will be the emcee. Guests will then cast votes for their favorite pair, and after a few edge-of-your-seat moments, the winners of the 2014 Acting With the Stars trophy will be announced.

Before the show, there’s time for mingling while sipping cocktails and perusing some terrific gifts at a silent auction and raffle.

Be ready for some stiff bidding because the auction packages include: a vacation in Dillon, Colo.; Page for a Day with state Sen. Wendy Davis; Walt Disney World day passes for four; sports packages; numerous hotel stays; and tickets to theater programming in North Texas.

Competing for this year’s trophy will be Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy, paired with Amber Devlin; Janice Knebl, chairwoman in clinical geriatrics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, paired with Jim Covault; film producer Therese Moncrief, paired with Brian Mathis; Andy Taft, president of Downtown Fort Worth Inc., paired with Shannon McGrann; Steve Tatum, chairman and managing partner of Cantey Hanger, paired with Judy Keith; and Donatella Trotti, owner and chef at Nonna Tata, paired with Chuck Huber.

“This particular class of AWTS contestants may be my favorite yet,” said Dana Schultes of Stage West. “It's fascinating to watch how each star tackles the process of stepping so far out of their normal comfort zones. They are a great group of local stars. The competition is going to be fabulous fun.”

Tickets cost $125 each and include a drink coupon, dinner, chocolate and a rose. Tables of 10 cost $2,000. To make reservations, call the Stage West box office, 817-784-9378, or buy online at

Casino Party in the Stockyards

The Hyatt Place in the Fort Worth Stockyards will come alive Feb. 7 at Casino Night hosted by the AIDS Outreach Center.

Back for a third year, the popular casino party kicks off the March 22 AIDS Walk, the main fundraiser for the agency. Watch for details about the event in an upcoming column.

“Casino Night is just one event to raise funds for the agency’s annual AIDS Walk of Tarrant County,” said Larry D. Ellis of the outreach center. “It’ a great way to help raise money while enjoying gaming tables and wonderful people.”

Guests can dress casually to enjoy all the gaming planned including Texas hold ’em. And shopping at an auction will be fun. Maybe you’ll take home some new artwork, snag a few restaurant gift cards or win a certificate to enjoy a zip-line outing. A great blend of music played by a DJ will keep the party atmosphere going all night.

Tickets cost $25 (plus $30 for poker) and are available at the door, or call the AIDS Outreach Center, 817-916-5224. Partying starts at 7 p.m. Learn more at

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‘Adventures in Wonderland’ for Keller dads and daughters

The Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Ball has an “Alice in Wonderland” theme this year to enchant girls and their dads during a magical night Feb. 8 at The Keller Pointe, 405 Rufe Snow Drive.

The dance for girls ages 4-7 begins at 6 p.m., and girls ages 8-12 will enjoy the second dance starting at 8. Dads can twirl their daughters on the dance floor to lively recorded music by a DJ and enjoy delicious refreshments between spins. Girls can dress in their best dresses or wear a costume if they prefer.

Tickets are $9 per person, per dance. Photos and souvenirs are also available for an added fee. Advance reservations are required. Register online at, or call Travis Miller in the Parks and Recreation office at 817-743-4050.

Mardi Gras Casino Night benefits library

A big Texas-style dinner and casino gaming are on tap at the annual gala benefiting the Bedford Library Foundation on Feb. 8.

The library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive, will be transformed with Mardi Gras-theme decor so guests can enjoy dinner, gaming, a wine pull and visiting with friends during a silent auction. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7

Tickets cost $40 per person and benefit the Library Foundation as it provides enhancements to the library. To make reservations, call Emily Hilbish at 817-952-2350.


Nominations open for small-business awards

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce annually recognizes a small business, a nonprofit organization and a veteran-owned small business in the community at its Salute to Small Business Awards luncheon in May. Nominations are being accepted until Feb. 28.

The chamber’s Business Development Advisory Council carefully screens nominee companies for their “achievements, innovativeness, response to adversity and contributions to aid community-oriented projects.” Nominees should be current chamber members in good standing.

A small business is defined as having “500 maximum employees for most manufacturing and mining industries and $7 million maximum in average annual receipts for most nonmanufacturing industries.”

Learn detailed criteria and more about the selection process at or call the chamber at 817-275-2613.