Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: Pull a bus for H-E-B kids

Teams compete in Pulling for Hope in 2014.
Teams compete in Pulling for Hope in 2014.

Five teams. Five buses. One trophy. Some 3,250 winners. Sounds intriguing, right? Come see for yourself what it’s all about at the Dec. 4 Pulling for Hope challenge at Pennington Field at 10 a.m. The event will raise money for the 6 Stones Night of Hope Christmas program.

Three cities, a school district and a local business leader have collectively set a goal to raise $120,000 to provide a special Christmas for 3,250 schoolchildren in the H-E-B district who qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches.

“Pulling for Hope is a friendly competition between the cities of Hurst, Euless and Bedford as well as H-E-B ISD and Classic Chevrolet,” explained spokeswoman Ashley King.

Each team will have 21 pullers grunting and groaning as they pull a 20,000-pound bus in a quest to be the first to cross the finish line 75 yards away. Teams can shave one second off their time for each $5,000 they raise above their minimum team goal of $15,000.

Last year at the inaugural event, Classic Chevrolet took about 25 seconds to claim the first-place traveling trophy. The stakes are even higher this year because the losing teams must attend the Dec. 10 H-E-B Chamber of Commerce luncheon and perform Christmas songs onstage.

This year’s event will open with introductions and remarks from team leaders, mayors and 6 Stones Executive Director Scott Sheppard. A celebratory awards ceremony will follow the pull.

Working on the Pull for Hope committee are event coordinator Betsy Deck, assistant city manager in Euless, with help from Bedford Councilman Roger Fisher and school district communications officer Deanne Hullender.

Last year’s dedicated team members strained and pulled to raise more than $112,000, which meant 1,867 children were served by the program and experienced a great Christmas.

Donate to the team of your choice and support the Night of Hope program. Vote and donate at

Grant money for arts-related programs

Calling all nonprofit organizations, schools, libraries, PTAs, cities and artists: Arts Council Northeast, in partnership with Texas Commission on the Arts, is offering grants for groups in Hurst, Euless and Bedford.

Also eligible are programs in Colleyville, Grapevine, Haltom City, Haslet, Keller, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Roanoke, Saginaw, Southlake, Trophy Club, Watauga and Westlake.

“Raising money for the arts is an ongoing commitment and service that Arts Council Northeast provides through matching grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts and fundraising events that occur throughout the year,” said arts council director Lee Koch in a news statement.

“Through its grant program, offered yearly, Arts Council Northeast is able to offer financial support for arts-related programs in north Tarrant and southern Denton Counties. Since 1997, Arts Council Northeast has partnered with the Texas Commission on the Arts in generating over $1.5 million in funds spent in support of the arts in our communities,” Koch added.

The submission deadline is Nov. 30. Grants will be awarded in the first quarter of 2016. Direct questions to Bobbie McFarland at 817-283-3406, ext. 301.

Six inducted into H-E-B Hall of Fame

Two graduates of H-E-B schools, a community leader, a volunteer, a former employee and former school board member were honored recently at the Hall of Fame banquet at the Pat May Center in Bedford where an appreciative crowd lauded their accomplishments.

The event originated in 2008 as part of the 50th-anniversary celebrations for the school district. It was so successful that the decision was made to continue honoring local people for an annual Hall of Fame induction.

“This was a very special event, as we honored six distinguished individuals who have been instrumental in the success of this district,” said Hullender.

“Each of these individuals has either had a part in making H-E-B ISD the excellent district that it is, or they are supporting someone who has shaped this district during our 56-year history.”

Inductees included Michael Foster, an L.D. Bell graduate who is a medical researcher doing important work to combat deadly diseases including dengue fever and Ebola in places such as Nigeria, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Also recognized was James R. Powell, a 2001 Trinity High School graduate who is assistant general counsel at the North Central Texas Council of Governments. He is active in civic and professional endeavors and is chairman of the Northeast Leadership Forum.

New Hall of Fame member Steven Farco grew up in Bedford and serves on the City Council. He is a member of the H-E-B Education Foundation and is active in the chamber and a host of other civic groups.

Distinguished volunteer Lisa Theisen was honored for her 15 years of dedicated volunteer service. She has served in many capacities including the PTA executive boards of Wilshire Elementary School and Central Junior High School and on the H-E-B ISD Council of PTAs.

James “Bub” Downe was honored for his 30 years with the school district as a teacher, coach and administrator. He was the principal at Harwood Junior High, leading the school to become the first in H-E-B to receive recognition as a School of Excellence, also known as Blue Ribbon School, by the Education Department.

Also honored was Neal Adams who served on the school board from 1979 through 1986 and was president during four of those years. He was also on the board of the Texas Association of School Boards and was co-chair of the legislative committee. Adams has been the general counsel of the Texas Association of School Administrators for 30 years.

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