Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Charlie Robison headlines Sept. 10 Steak & Stetsons benefiting Special Olympics

Charlie Robison will play for the upcoming Special Olympics Texas fundraiser.
Charlie Robison will play for the upcoming Special Olympics Texas fundraiser. Special Olympics Texas

Mosey on out to the Circle R Ranch in Flower Mound on Sept. 10 for a night of dancing, live music, a delicious steak dinner and the pleasure of supporting Special Olympics Texas.

Guests in their favorite Western duds will enjoy some “boot-scootin’ fun and entertainment, headlined by live music from country singer Charlie Robison,” said a spokesman for the charity.

Party guests will remember favorite hits from Robison’s Unleashed Live album, which he recorded with his brother Bruce Robison and friend Jack Ingram at the famous Gruene Hall.

“Because of the generosity of Joe Oliver, owner of Deal Me In Casino Parties, who is providing our casino gaming, and Charlie Robison, who is donating his talent, along with so many auction donors, nearly all the money raised at Steak & Stetsons goes right back into supporting our Special Olympics athletes and programs,” spokesman Alex Thieroff said.

Before dinner, guests can meet and mingle with community leaders and friends as they enjoy casino gaming and peruse a silent auction offering hotel and restaurant packages as well as a special Stetson package. Top bidders at the live auction will take home hunting trips, vacation stays and a Lucchese his-and-hers boot package.

Highland Village Police Chief Doug Reim is the chair of a hardworking event committee that includes Deborah Reim, Dean Strong, honorary chairman state Rep. Tan Parker and his district director, Patricia Robinson.

The lively program will include remarks from Colby Bannister and a piano performance by Tony Trojcak, both Special Olympics athletes.

Proceeds from the event benefit more than 3,800 Special Olympics athletes in the Fort Worth area. Tickets are $150 per person (coincidentally the cost of one athlete’s participation in one year of competition). Purchase online at For more information, contact Thieroff at or 817-332-3433.

Levitt Pavilion fall season opens with polka band Brave Combo

Fall happiness is football, great weather and five weeks of free concerts at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington. Friday is the season opener at Levitt featuring “everybody’s favorite mosh-pit polka band, Brave Combo.”

Now a tradition for the Levitt, the Grammy-winning band has done the opening-night honors since 2008. Its repertoire includes old-school rock, Latin, polka, twist, samba, hora and more.

On Saturday, Delta Rae will perform its brand of alt/pop incorporating aspects of Americana. It has performed at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits and on The Tonight Show among other big venues. The weekend wrap-up honors will be handled by bluesy rock musician Paul Thorn doing his trademark music sprinkled with humor showing his Southern roots.

“This fall concert season has shaped up to be especially strong,” spokeswoman Cathy O’Neal said. “We’ve got Delta Rae, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, Cas Haley, The Killdares and Billy Joe Shaver all returning to the Levitt, plus several bands making their Levitt debuts. Of course, we end the concert year rocking out with ‘the world’s greatest party band,’ the B-52s. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Levitt’s fall concert series continues through Oct. 2 with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner if you like (or purchase yummy food available on site) and enjoy fabulous music under the stars each weekend. The fabulous fall lineup of talent includes The Peterson Brothers, Aquile, Soul Track Mind, Seryn, Daphne Willis and Cas Haley.

Also, don’t miss the shows performed by Luke Wade, the Killdares, Shel, Jimmy Cobb & the UTA Jazz Orchestra, the Nightowls, Billy Joe Shaver and Bart Crow.

The one show with ticketed admission is the annual benefit — this year the one and only B-52s on Oct. 8. Tickets are $40 general admission and $195 for VIP tickets.

Detailed information is at or download the Levitt Arlington mobile app. Direct inquiries to O’Neal at 817-543-4308.

Winners of Salvation Army’s Most Amazing Race get $5,000

At least 30 teams of two are expected to compete Sept. 10 in one of the area’s most unusual events, the Salvation Army’s Most Amazing Race. The stakes are high because the winning team takes home a tidy sum of cash — $5,000 — along with bragging rights.

Competitors will race around 10 sites in central Arlington, most likely to begin at AT&T Stadium (with a challenge from the Dallas Cowboys) and will end up at the Levitt Pavilion before that night’s concert starring Aquile.

“There aren’t many races out there that can offer so many different challenges, and that’s what makes The Most Amazing Race so special,” event chairman David Sanders said. “It’s a race for all ages. Sure, the younger ones are in it to win it, but the various age groups all enjoy the experience of it.

“All of the monies raised go directly to so many great Salvation Army programs including those in our Youth Education Town like the GED programs and fitness activities,” Sanders added. “The new Arlington Salvation Army officers, Lt. Timothy and Andrea Israel, have jumped right in after only arriving in June to be of tremendous help.”

According to promotional information from the charity, the event is patterned like the popular TV show and will involve each team “following clues to reach checkpoints, where they complete a task before moving on to the next location.

“The tasks can be mental, like assembling a gas pipeline, or physical, like performing a choreographed dance. Sometimes tasks are downright thrilling, like jumping off a 10-meter diving platform. Others are just plain fun, like bouncing across a field inside a giant inflatable ball.”

There is no registration fee, but there is a minimum fundraising requirement to be eligible to compete. Teams compete against each other to raise the most money and try to earn a pass to skip a challenge in the race. Teams that raise over $1,000 will receive a five-minute head start.

The Salvation Army’s local programs include housing for 15 families in the Family Life Center, after-school and summer programs for youths, a weekly soup kitchen and summer cooling stations, to name just a few.

Register by Sept. 2 online at or contact Sanders at Fundraising continues until Sept. 9.

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