Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: Mid-Cities Chapter of The Links hosts black-tie boxing gala Saturday

The Mid-Cities chapter of The Links.
The Mid-Cities chapter of The Links. Courtesy photo

The unique blend of a black-tie dinner in the midst of a few bouts of professional boxing have proved to be a winning combination for the Mid-Cities chapter of The Links. The active charity will host its 24th annual A Knock-Out Affair: Round XXIV Black Tie Gala on Saturday at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Event proceeds will fund STEM programs and summer camps.

“We’ve moved to a new venue, the Omni Dallas Hotel, which enabled us to expand our corporate partnerships, grow our audience and offer a greater variety of entertainment to this year’s guests, all with the objective of raising even more money in support of individuals and families within our communities, which have the greatest of needs,” said Veronica Spencer-Austin, chapter president.

“In addition to professional boxing, this year we will be featuring a casino and raffle with fantastic prizes, professional dancers and a DJ that promises to have everyone dancing the night away.”

Guests arriving in sparkling evening attire will enter a beautifully decorated ballroom with a boxing ring set up in the middle where, after a fine dinner, they will cheer on pugilists in sanctioned boxing matches set up by Back Alley Boxing agency. Violinist Richmond Punch will perform during dinner, and DJ Keith Liscomb will spin tunes for dancing. Channel 11 newsman Steve Pickett will handle emcee duties.

Raffle winners will take home a Michele diamond bracelet by Fossil, private dinner by Chef Paul Ritter and vacations in Cancun and the Caribbean. Even those who will miss the memorable evening can still win a prize if they purchase a raffle ticket online at

The signature program of the Mid-Cities Links is a program for elementary and middle school students that provides mentoring and field experiences that focus on STEM careers. They recently partnered with other charities to send area youths to UTA’s materials science camp, and they annually award scholarships to deserving area high school graduates.

Janiece Evans-Page, vice president of the Global Giving and Fossil Foundation, is the honorary chairwoman of the event, and in charge of the event are co-chairs Angela Ross and Jennifer Stimpson.

Tickets are $150 per person. Contact spokeswoman Brenda Raney at to make reservations.

Discover Arts Council Northeast at fun evening Aug. 25

Bedford-based charity Arts Council Northeast will host End of Summer Bash from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at Haltom’s Jewelers in Grapevine.

The organization brings all sorts of wonderful arts programs to Hurst, Euless, Bedford and others in Northeast Tarrant County, most spectacularly the free Masterworks Concert Series. They also produce the Shining Stars luncheon, Taste of Northeast and other fine programs that promote the arts.

“Our End of Summer Bash is your opportunity to have a fun night out while learning more about the programs Arts Council Northeast provides in your community and find out how you can get involved,” said President Lee Koch. “Join us for a casual evening of shopping, wine and hors d’oeuvres. You’ll enjoy 20 percent off shopping.”

Space is limited, so RSVP quickly at, or call 817-283-3406.

Double feature Aug. 27 to have movie, concert

How long since you went to a drive-in movie? For many, it’s been years and years since last viewing the big screen while seated in a car, but you can take a nostalgic trip back in time at the Aug. 27 Drive-in Movie and Concert at The Parks at Texas Star.

A concert by Acoustic Shade starts at 6:30 p.m. where the band will play covers of your favorite artists from the past four decades. Around sundown, tune in your FM radio as Star Wars: The Force Awakens plays on the big screen.

“Euless had a drive-in movie theater back in the 1950s. We are excited to bring back a drive-in for one night. Bring the entire family — we hope to see you there,” said Parks and Recreation Department spokeswoman Suzanne Hendrickson.

For dinner, the yummy choices will be from food trucks. Serving up their specialties will be Top Nosh Truck (@TopNoshTruck) and Gypsy Scoops ( Guests are also welcome to bring a picnic, but organizers say no alcohol, please.

For those who prefer to watch the movie outdoors, bring a lawn chair or blanket to set up in a special area that will also have sound equipment.

Admission is free. The Parks at Texas Star is at 1501 S. Pipeline Road. Details about the band at Direct other questions to Hendrickson at 817-685-1662 or

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