Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Social Eyes: ‘Derricks & Diamonds’ is theme for Cowtown Ball

Dressed in their Western best, guests eager for a memorable evening under the Texas stars will arrive at La Paloma, the sprawling historic Fort Worth ranch of Marcee and Grant James, for this year’s Cowtown Ball on April 26. Oil barons, wildcatters, drillers and roughnecks will be equally at home at the signature event of the American Cancer Society, now in its 21st year.

Reata’s amazing Texas cuisine will keep partygoers fortified as they sip beverages provided by Deep Eddy Vodka, Forty Creek Whisky and Coors. Party action includes several acts of live entertainment; Vegas-style gaming; dancing; and live, silent and big-board auctions.

Co-chairwomen of the event are Lisa Lourcey Schmid and Maida Glasgow, and the honorary ones are Amy Yudiski and Sam Tallis.

“Moving the party outside will make this Fort Worth tradition even more exciting,” Schmid writes. “Boots and the great outdoors are a Cowtown tradition.”

Featured entertainer will be multiplatinum country singer Tracy Lawrence, known for such hits as Texas Tornado and Time Marches On. Other performers will be country singers Sonny Burgess, Jolie Holliday and Rick Huckaby. Entertaining VIP guests and sponsors before the main event will be country singer Deryl Dodd.

A preview of live auction items revealed a one-of-a-kind custom bar made by Adobe Interiors complete with copper top, leather trim and bar stools. A private party for 25 friends catered by Riscky’s Barbecue, a stay at the historic Crestview Farm in South Carolina and a private wine dinner in a beautiful Mira Vista home are also up for bid.

“We know this will be a fun party but also a great way to help the American Cancer Society make this a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” Glasgow said. “This is a way for Tarrant County to support the American Cancer Society as it celebrates its 100th birthday.”

How about a luxury ride for a year in a Mercedes-Benz from Park Place Motorcars if you win the raffle? Only 750 tickets for $100 will be sold, so the odds look good on this. Email to get your ticket.

Ball tickets are $250 each. Get tickets and details online at or contact Allison Greenhaw at 817-570-0618.

Victory Over Violence Walk is April 12

The Trinity Park Duck Pond will be surrounded by thousands of people on April 12 for the eighth annual Victory Over Violence Walk/Run that benefits the anti-violence work of The Women’s Center of Tarrant County.

Serious runners who prefer a USA Track and Field-certified course will be there along with casual walkers out for a fun morning. Mayor Betsy Price will kick off both the 1K and 5K runs. Bring the kids to enjoy games, face-painting, bounce houses and music.

Good Karma Kitchen, Chadra Mezza & Grill, Campisi’s, la Madeleine and other eateries will be there to keep hungry attendees fed.

Teams from across Tarrant County love to participate in this event. “There is a fierce battle for the largest team between the Arlington Police Department, the district attorney’s office and the [Dallas/Fort Worth Airport] Department of Public Safety,” said spokeswoman Nadia DiStefano. “Many schools are also getting involved, such as the Bess Race Running Eagles, the Alvarado Indians and the Tannahill Running Bears.”

Unique heart-shaped awards will go to the top overall male and female runners, plus the top three finishers in 16 age categories.

Early registration is $20 and race day registration is $25. Kids 17 and under are $12 in advance or $15 on race day. Proceeds directly impact The Women’s Center’s rape crisis and victim services programs.

Register at or call DiStefano at 817-927-4006 with questions.

It’s in the Bag Luncheon

Ask a woman what her most treasured possession is, and many would answer “my purse.” We take it everywhere we go, filled with life’s essentials. Regardless of how many we own, most women are ready and willing to make new acquisitions each season.

If this describes you, don’t miss the upcoming It’s in the Bag Luncheon on April 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ashton Depot in Fort Worth where guests can shop a silent auction of fabulous handbags, both new and vintage.

The occasion would be the perfect time to arrange a girlfriend get-together for your gal pals to enjoy an elegant three-course seated lunch after sipping wine and mimosas during a social hour beforehand. The lovely venue is located at 1501 Jones Ave.

Benefiting the Ladder Alliance and its programs to help victims of domestic abuse and low-income women, the event will also feature moving testimonials from two graduates who will speak candidly about their experiences. And new this year is a live auction of tempting treasures.

“We have a lovely bag from Kate Spade — the Grove Court bag in maize —which will be paired with dinner for two at The Capital Grille. Also, Jenny Davis, Indulge magazine fashion editor, found a fun Diane Von Furstenberg clutch that will be highly sought after,” said Kate Snow from the Ladder Alliance.

“Mayor Betsy Price, Betty Buckley and Kelsey Patterson with TCU will also be donating bags this year.”

Auction shoppers will also choose among spa treatments including a nonsurgical cosmetic face-lift and special facial treatments along with a beautiful piece of art from Fort Worth artist Nancy Lamb. The Omni Experience package includes an overnight stay, spa services and dinner at Bob’s Chop House.

Hosting the program will be NBC 5 news anchor Deborah Ferguson.

“We are looking forward to an even better event this year with an amazing emcee and new auction items. We are also looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments and success of this organization.” writes Danielle Marshal, event chairwoman.

A large event committee includes Jen Anhalt, Stephanie Corrigan, Karen Freeman, Vicki Giles, Kendal Smith Lake, Amanda Peterson and Renae Uhr to randomly name only a few.

Tickets are $100 each, and proceeds will enable the Ladder Alliance to continue extensive education programs that provide job skills for women. Purchase tickets online at or call Snow at 817-834-2100.