Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Runners, walkers to step out in Mansfield for heart health

Run With Heart in 2015.
Run With Heart in 2015.

Hundreds of runners and walkers from across North Texas will line up on Jan. 30 at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center hoping to draw attention to the things that can prevent heart disease at the Run With Heart event.

Serious runners, casual walkers — and everything in between — will find a distance they like because participants can choose between a half marathon, 5K or 1-mile fun run/walk.

“Run with Heart is a celebration of those living a heart-healthy lifestyle and survivors of heart disease. It is also a time to honor those who have lost their battle with heart disease,” said event spokeswoman Angel Biasatti.

The route — new this year — begins at the hospital, at 2700 E. Broad St., and meanders through the city. Chip-timing is available, and awards in various categories will be presented after the race.

“Join us for a heart-healthy warm-up provided by Methodist Mansfield’s physical medicine department before the race along with a kid’s area with the Cedar Hill Fire Department clowns, face-painting by Mansfield High School students and balloon artists from Timberview High School. Then after the race, enjoy heart healthy food, fun music and the awards ceremony,” Biasatti said.

Among a slew of community leaders supporting the event and serving on the steering committee are Mansfield Mayor David Cook, Mansfield schools Superintendent Jim Vaszauskas, Clayton Chandler, Randall Canedy, Sherman Hatch, Michael Klein and John Phillips just to randomly name a few.

Event proceeds will support the Amon G. Carter Foundation Heart and Vascular Center at the hospital and the Tarrant County American Heart Association. Get details and register online at, or call Biasatti at 682-242-6400.

Junior League offers help to nonprofits with abuse prevention programs

After a year’s research into community needs, members of the Arlington Junior League have chosen abuse prevention services as an area to focus on and to provide volunteer and perhaps financial support.

JLA Community Vice President Shelly Osten said letters were recently sent to local organizations that have abuse prevention programs inviting them to send a letter of inquiry to Kendria Taylor at

Interested groups must have volunteer opportunities enabling a minimum of 60 hours service for each volunteer during the period of June 1 through May 2017. Groups applying for help must be a 501(c)(3) or government entity.

The Junior League of Arlington is organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Learn more at

HRA forms Woman’s Auxiliary

Arlington nonprofit Helping Restore Ability (HRA) recently established a Woman’s Auxiliary and invites women in the community to explore membership in the new organization.

Women included in the inaugural group include chairwoman Rosalind Rice along with Dawn Neufeld, Jessica O’Neill, Rebecca Massiatte, Sheryl Holloran, Sharon Little and Kirsten Silwanowicz.

HRA — now in its 40th year — provides a host of services to individuals with disabilities by assisting them to remain self-sufficient so they may continue to live in their homes, go to school and/or work, and maintain their independence and dignity.

The newly formed Woman’s Auxiliary will work with the staff at HRA functioning similarly to a subcommittee to increase community awareness about HRA and to promote support for and attendance at the agency’s special fundraising events each year.

“The goal is to extend our reach and exceed our goals through this auxiliary’s individual and group forces,” said Kimmie Hack, director of strategic engagements at HRA.

“The importance of this auxiliary is to serve the agency in a capacity where our mission will be carried out on a larger scale than what we can do on our own.”

The auxiliary will meet monthly over breakfast or lunch in a location centrally located to members. There are no dues — the focus is on successfully meeting goals the group sets. Anyone living in Arlington or the Dallas-Fort Worth area is welcome to join.

“These women will represent a nonpartisan viewpoint, sharing ideas, business acumen and social circle reach — resulting in friends and funds for the agency. We could not be more excited to kick this off going into our 40th anniversary year,” Hack said.

Anyone interested in learning more about joining the HRA Woman’s Auxiliary should contact Hack at 817-635-6020 or email her at

Events at a glance

Theatre Arlington presents the comedy Light Up The Sky through Jan. 31. The show is by American playwright Moss Hart and revolves around a group of bustling New York theater folk opening a new show out of town in Boston in 1948. The show features a truck driver-turned-playwright and his grandly temperamental leading lady along with an interesting cast of hilarious characters. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $23. Purchase at or call the Box Office at 817-275-7661.

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