Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Culinary Celebration for Carroll Education Foundation anniversary Sept. 10

Carroll Education Foundation co-chairs Sarah Mason and Kathy Talley.
Carroll Education Foundation co-chairs Sarah Mason and Kathy Talley. Courtesy photo

Come help the Carroll Education Foundation celebrate its 20th anniversary at the Sept. 10 Boot Scootin’ Dragons annual culinary one-night stand. The delicious tradition will be a smorgasbord of great tasting delights from more than 20 local eateries as funds are raised to help students in the Carroll school district.

Hundreds of partygoers will descend on the Southlake Hilton dressed in snappy Western outfits to nosh on small gourmet plates served up by local restaurants and chefs while they sip specialty beverages and enjoy live music and other entertainment. Between bites, guests can peruse a silent auction and later bid at the live auction.

“This is an exciting year for the Carroll Education Foundation — we are looking forward to celebrating 20 years of giving back to the Carroll ISD teachers and students. Kathy Talley and I are privileged to represent our board members, who give so generously of their time, talent and treasures for the benefit of our district,” said Sarah Mason, who is co-chairing the event with Talley.

Stars of the bustling culinary scene in the beautiful ballroom and an exclusive tented area on the veranda include Brio Tuscan Grille, Central Market, Copeland’s, Del Frisco’s Grille, Feedstore Barbeque, FnG Eats, Howard Wang’s, il Calabrese and Kirby’s Steakhouse.

Also starring are Mason Dixie, Meat U Anywhere, Mi Dia from Scratch, Nothing Bundt Cakes, RA Sushi, Taverna Rossa, Trulucks, Wildwood Grill and Winewood.

The hardworking event committee includes Ed Bunner, Stephanie Pennington and Vanessa Hornyak. Foundation Executive Director Laura Grosskopf garnered sponsors and assisted the committee during many months of planning. Last year’s event enabled the foundation to provide 24 grants to Carroll educators totaling nearly $80,000.

The awesome Carroll Drumline will kick things off before emcees David Faltys, superintendent, and John Terrell, former mayor, get the live auction going. Former Dragon Jayden Goldberg will sing the national anthem. Performing live boot scootin’ music will be popular Denton band For Love and Country.

Convenient mobile bidding for the vast, impressive array of products and service in the silent auction will be available, and students from the Green Jackets and Emerald Belles will be mingling in the crowd to help those needing an assist. The unfortunate ones who can’t attend the soiree can still bid by contacting Grosskopf at

“The Hilton is our event sponsor and it is truly wonderful to be working with Mike Hutchison and his staff again this year. Our presenting sponsor is again Park Place Lexus, and we are very excited that through their generosity, we will be raffling off the use of a Lexus for a year,” Talley said. “Over the past 19 years, CEF has given over $1.2 million in teacher grants, Carroll senior scholarships and teacher recognitions.”

Live-auction swag includes a catered party for 20 guests in the Dragon Community Box on Senior Night, luxury vacations at exclusive resorts, a Texas-bred longhorn steer, a chance to be mayor for the night at the Home for the Holidays tree-lighting and much more.

“New this year is the Fund-a-Grant event following the live auction to allow generous donors the opportunity to give a fully tax-deductible gift towards grant funding at all 11 campuses,” Grosskopf said.

Tickets for $150 per person or $250 per couple allow guests unlimited food samplings and selected wines and beers and are available online at, or call 817-949-7064. A cash bar will be available for specialty cocktails.

Keller welcomes author Jacquelyn Mitchard for special events Sept. 16

New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard will be the featured guest at two events hosted by the Keller Library and Friends of the Keller Library on Sept. 16 as part of the Keller Reads! One Book, One City program.

The public is cordially invited to join Mitchard at the Keller Library from 3 to 4 p.m. for a lively discussion of her latest book, Two if by Sea. This free event will give attendees a chance to meet the author and have a lively exchange about the book.

“Our One Book, One City program offers the community a chance to discuss a bestselling, highly regarded work of literature with the author. Our goal is to strengthen our community by reading together,” Library Director Jana Prock said.

Mitchard’s suspense novel is the story of a former policeman whose wife and family perish in a tsunami. Amid these tragic circumstances, he rescues a young boy from the flood. He learns that the boy has a telepathic gift and that someone sinister is looking for the child. Her book is described by some as “an epic story of courage and devotion that spans three continents and the entire map of the human heart.”

Later in the evening, fans will be thrilled with the chance to enjoy An Evening with Jacquelyn Mitchard at the Sky Creek Golf Club. After a marvelous dinner, Mitchard will regale the audience with insights into her novel and take questions from the audience. The evening will end with short individual visits with her as she autographs her book for guests.

Mitchard is from Chicago and now lives in Cape Cod. The former journalist is best known for her book Deep End of the Ocean, which was the very first Oprah Book Club selection and became a bestselling novel.

Tickets to the event are $35 and may be purchased online at, or contact Prock at or call 817-743-4800.

It’s Bikin’ Time at the 28th Cowtown Classic Bicycle Ride on Sept. 10

It’s the 28th year for this staple among charity biking events in the Fort Worth area. Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Fort Worth, the event is set for Sept. 10 at North Crowley High School.

“Over the years, the Cowtown Classic Bicycle Ride has attracted up to 1,200 riders, and we are looking forward to another successful year,” Kiwanis board member Cheri Scharringhausen said.

“The ride is a major fundraiser that will benefit the Kiwanis youth programs supported by our club including sponsorship of Key Clubs at North Crowley, Paschal, Southwest and Trimble Tech high schools as well as the club’s Terrific Kids program at Diamond Hill Elementary School and others,” Scharringhausen added.

Kiwanis encourages those seeking a healthier, more active lifestyle to turn to cycling as part of an exercise program and invites anyone in the community to come out and participate in the race, which will offer three distances — 59, 45 and 21 miles.

The start/finish line will be on the south side of the high school at 9100 S. Hulen St. The fee is $33 per participant. Register online at The first 400 riders to register are guaranteed to get ride T-shirts.

Check the website for locations for packet pickup or pick up on ride day starting at 6:30 a.m. before riders roll out at 8 a.m. Direct inquiries to Terry Slotsve at or 817-346-7512.

Events at a glance

  • Grapevine Casino Night is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Austin Ranch, 2009 Anderson Gibson Road in Grapevine. Hosted by the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, the event features poker, roulette, blackjack, craps and bingo along with food and a cash bar. Casual attire. $50 admission includes $1,000 in chips and access to food stations all evening. Reservations at:
  • Viva Las Vegas! hosted by the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce is at 7 p.m. Friday at Noah’s of Fort Worth, 4301 Fossil Creek Blvd. Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 at the door and include bingo, casino games, Vegas-style entertainment lounge, hors d’oeuvres stations, drinks and prizes. Make reservations by calling the office at 817-281-9376 or online at
  • Entries from amateur and professional artists age 18 and over from Keller are due Sept. 6 for the annual Keller’s Got Talent show. Entry fee is $20 for two pieces of artwork. Download registration packet at
  • Guardianship Services Annual Luncheon is Sept. 8 at Ridglea Country Club. Tickets are $75 per person. Honored at the event will be Community Service Award recipient Greg Shannon of Senior Concepts. Make reservations by contacting Marnie Stites at or 817-921-0499, ext. 105.
  • Backpack program at Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA during August waives the joining fee while helping children in need. The $55 joining fee for new members who purchase a $20 backpack will be waived during the month. All backpacks will be given to the Arlington and Mansfield school districts at the end of the month for students starting school. Those who participate may also get discounted before- and after-school care and swim lessons, free youth sports and group exercise classes, and more. Details at

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