Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Charity event Aug. 5 benefits the disabled with equine therapy

Page Loftwich, left, and Britney Gavitt will be featured at the Wings of Hope event.
Page Loftwich, left, and Britney Gavitt will be featured at the Wings of Hope event. Courtesy photos

Local charity Wings of Hope will host a fun event, Round-Up for Riders, on Aug. 5 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. The festive evening will feature a gourmet dinner, a silent auction, raffle and a unique auction called Boots Up.

“We are celebrating our 20th anniversary and are excited to join our donors and friends,” said Allison Gross from Wings of Hope. “Round-Up for Riders is such a fun event and a wonderful way to learn more about the mission of Wings of Hope and support our program. Our Boots Up is a unique auction event that recognizes specific areas of support within our mission and allows our donors to pledge each area of our mission with a monetary commitment.”

Guests can visit while they peruse silent auction items that include a stay at the Hilton, spa and golf packages, and fabulous Western attire from Leddy’s. Lucky winners of the raffle drawings will take home NASCAR tickets, a diamond pendant necklace from Kubes Jewelers, tickets to SeaWorld and other tempting goodies.

Wings of Hope serves people ages 3 to 80 who are affected by disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. “We offer many innovative programs including Operation Hoofbeat, a program designed specifically for the military, veterans and their families healing from the wounds of war. The vision of this program is to provide a sanctuary of hope and healing at no cost to those in need of services,” Gross said.

At the party, guests can participate in the Pick a Package for $30 and grab a surprise package from dining, entertainment, or shopping and services baskets. “The $30 contribution provides a full scholarship for a one-hour lesson for a rider in our scholarship program established by our founders Margaret Dickens and Patti Pace, who are still both very much involved today,” Gross said.

Individual tickets are $75, and sponsorships at various levels are still available. Funds raised will provide equine-assisted activities to children and adults with unique physical, mental and emotional challenges to “provide hope and healing through gentle horses.” Purchase online at or call Gross at 817-790-8810.

Registration for Back to School Roundup ends Aug. 3

It’s the 11th year for the annual Back to School Roundup, set this time for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. The event is organized and operated entirely by volunteers, and the nonprofit group that hosts it event continues its dedication to providing underserved students in Tarrant County and their families with back-to-school essentials so they are ready for a successful academic year.

Pre-registration is required for all attendees, and various locations will help with the process. Nine registration events are set before Aug. 3. Find a list of locations and what documents are needed for registration at If you know someone who needs this information but has no computer access, pay it forward by assisting them in learning where and how to sign up.

At the event, free school supplies will be given to around 10,000 students in pre-K through 12th grade, and children in pre-K through fifth grade will also receive backpacks.

Getting ready for school involves more than supplies — looking their best is also important, so kids can get free haircuts at the event. Being in tiptop health shape is also a big deal, so free dental screenings and fluoride applications will be available along with free immunizations. The whole family can take advantage of free health screenings and services from many health-related vendors at the event.

While the kiddos enjoy activities and games, parents can visit booths where representatives can give them information on literacy, parenting, nutrition, finances, fire safety and myriad social services.

Get all the details and learn who qualifies to attend at

Trophy Club Emergency Volunteer Association holds first-responder-themed essay contest

The Trophy Club Emergency Volunteer Association knows how important first responders are to safeguarding a community. Because it’s never too early to educate people on the importance of first responders, the group held an essay contest last month for all school-age kids to give them a chance to sound off on the subject.

Children in grades one through four wrote essays on “If I Were a Firefighter,” and writers in fifth-eighth grades covered “How the Trophy Club Community Can Best Support Our First Responders.” High school students opined on “The Difficulties of Being a Police Officer in 2016.”

“The contest leveraged social media to reach the parents and youths of the community to generate a greater awareness of the roles and values of first responders, as well as to recognize the positive relationships that exist between first responders and the communities they serve,” contest coordinator Sara Lapacka said.

Lapacka said the essays, evoking responses from compassion to laughter, were available for review during an awards ceremony June 30 at the Trophy Club police station.

Each grade level was eligible to win a $50 gift card in a “crowd favorite” category, based on Facebook likes, and a TCEVA Choice category chosen by a panel of judges.

Visit the group’s Facebook page to see a list of winners. To make inquiries, contact Lapacka at or 817-315-6661.

Sign up for leadership classes

Applications for those interested in joining the more than 400 graduates of Leadership Northeast have until Friday to sign up for the classes beginning this fall. Contact Kay Miller, program director, at 817-281-9376 or

Leadership Colleyville is accepting applications for its next class. Space is extremely limited (only 35 spots total). Contact Colleyville Chamber of Commerce President Connie Hanner at or call 817-701-9271 to sign up.

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