Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Mansfield Cares pulls out all the stops for gala on Feb. 28

Longtime Mansfield Cares supporters Linda Griffo and Beki Anderson. The Mansfield nightclub scene will explode on Feb. 28 with the grand opening of Club MC XVI.
Longtime Mansfield Cares supporters Linda Griffo and Beki Anderson. The Mansfield nightclub scene will explode on Feb. 28 with the grand opening of Club MC XVI. Courtesy photo

The Mansfield nightclub scene will explode on Feb. 28 with the grand opening of Club MC XVI. The city’s most visible charity, Mansfield Cares, is producing the one-night-only party and promises to replicate the chic hipness associated with famous nightclub openings across the world.

Based on the charity’s impeccable reputation for this annual event, it will no doubt be the hot spot in town for the generous folks in Mansfield who perpetually rally to support the gala evening.

“Come party for a cause,” said Cindi Walker, who is co-chairing the event with Karen Tecklenburg. “Join us for the exciting opening night of CLUB MC XVI.”

E! Entertainment won’t be there to catch arriving guests on camera, but partygoers in club chic (aka cocktail attire) will feel like celebs actually attending a nightclub grand opening and walking the red carpet as they enter Walnut Creek Country Club and are served a specialty drink created just for the occasion.

Guests will mingle as they stroll through a silent auction area featuring impressive swag as they nosh on heavy hors d’oeuvres and sip libations from a cash bar. Walker said attendees will love what the chef is preparing: seared tuna, shrimp, crab claws, oysters, beef tenderloin, lamb pops and Tuscan chicken. There’s also a smashed martini bar and sweet endings with key lime and mousse shooters.

The fab music mix of two Dallas DJs — one of them appears regularly at the Glass Cactus — will help you get your dance on and keep the club vibe going all evening. In other action, someone will take home a pile of cash in the Share the Love (split the pot) drawing.

“Bidders will vie to win a private dinner party for 20 at El Promo’s Cantina, Mansfield’s newest Mexican restaurant,” said Walker. “Chef Todd Bush of Oliver’s is offering a private dinner for four prepared at the residence of the auction winner.” Other items include gambling trips, luxurious resort vacations and more.

“We raise money to lift those that are experiencing economic difficulties. We are the safety net for our community,” said Tecklenburg. “In past years, along with many other programs we’ve financed, we’ve also built a food bank pantry and a free-of-charge medical-dental-optometric clinic that serves those in need.”

Make reservations online at www.MansfieldCares.org. Advance tickets purchased by Feb. 26 are $100 each. Tickets at the door are $125.

Fort Worth

Needlepoint exhibit back for an encore at Thistle Hill

The amazing needlework of 70 local artisans will be featured in a private collection at Thistle Hill Mansion produced by Historic Fort Worth Inc. Following up on a successful exhibit last year, this time more than 500 needlepoint creations will be on display, depicting all holidays, special occasions and every theme imaginable in “A Needlepoint Love Story, Chapter II.”

“This exhibit is unique in that stitchers aren’t juried to enter or judged to win,” said spokeswoman Suzy Coleman. “It is in appreciation for the time invested and talents of those who love to needlepoint and create these beautiful treasures.”

Meet the stitchers and preview the exhibit before it opens to the public at a champagne reception Feb. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets to this exclusive event are $75 per person.

The historic mansion will open the exhibit to the public Feb. 26-28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and March 1 from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15, and parking is available west of the mansion.

The proceeds from the event will benefit preservation programs at Historic Fort Worth Inc., including Fort Worth’s two cattle baron mansions, the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House and Thistle Hill.

Visit www.historicfortworth.org for details and a list of ticket outlets. Contact Coleman at 817-336-2344, ext. 100.

Meet the Champions event set for Saturday helps fight Parkinson’s disease

A lovely buffet dinner, silent auction and a cash bar at the third edition of Meet the Champions awaits guests on Saturday at the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Special guest is former CIA officer and author of such books as Argo, Tony Mendez. Mendez was awarded the Intelligence Star of Valor in 1980 for an operation that rescued six U.S. diplomats during the Iran hostage crisis. Mendez and his wife, Jonna, who was also in the CIA, will regale the audience sharing their unique experiences.

“Join us for a night of intrigue and espionage with a man of unparalleled courage,” said event spokeswoman Carolyn Thorp.

Started by Fort Worth native and championship boxer Paulie Ayala, the Punching Out Parkinson’s program aims to help those fighting the disease at Ayala’s University of Hard Knocks gym in a safe yet challenging environment for patients to work on their physical fitness, overall coordination and develop the mental determination often seen in fighters. Recent studies indicate improvement in participants in such programs.

The Meet the Champions event is one of the main fundraisers to support the program. Tickets to the event are $100 each. Call 817-763-5087 to inquire or visit www.PunchingOutParkinsons.org.

Northeast Tarrant

Art in the Square kickoff party is Sunday

Get a head start on viewing some of the beautiful work that will be found at this year’s Southlake Art in the Square spring juried art show set for April 24-26 by attending the kickoff party next Sunday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the foyer of Southlake Town Hall.

A fun family outing, the event will be filled with visual arts, music, food and wine. Guests at the party will get the first look at pieces created by the featured artists of the show. Music will be provided by Azura Winds.

The party is jointly produced by the Southlake Arts Council, Apex Arts League and Art in the Square/Southlake Women’s Club.

The art exhibit will remain in Town Hall for the next two months, giving everyone a chance to cast their vote for the People’s Choice winner. There’s a ballot box in Town Hall, or vote online at www.artinthesquare.com.

In other news, event spokeswoman Sherri Whitt announced that Jo Dee Messina will be the Saturday headliner entertainer at Art in the Square. Messina was nominated for a Grammy and is a multiplatinum, award-winning country singer/songwriter with nine No. 1 singles and 16 Top 40 singles, and has sold more than 5 million records worldwide.”

Contact Terri Messing at 817-307-2224 to inquire.

Kids Matter gala

It’s a sold-out evening for the black-tie classic Hollywood-themed formal dinner/dance hosted by Kids Matter International on Feb. 20 at the Southlake Hilton as the charity raises money and awareness for children in need.

Chairwoman Rexanna Sandlin led a steering committee including Mimi Best, Erin Condon, Marti Conner, Carinthia Kishaba Chennault, Lana Ebersole and others who have worked on the event.

Emerald City Band is the featured entertainment with a performance by Jennifer Perryman during the cocktail reception. Fabulous live and silent auctions will feature impressive items sure to help Kids Matter raise money to “bring hope and healing to orphaned, abandoned or disadvantaged children locally and around the world.”

Direct inquires to 817-488-7679 or visit www.kidsmatterinternational.orgfor details.

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