Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Boys & Girls Clubs’ Party for a Purpose is Oct. 1

Guests at the 2015 Party for a Purpose.
Guests at the 2015 Party for a Purpose. Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington do a remarkable job of serving at-risk youths, and they also happen to be excellent party-throwers. For example, their 57th annual Party for a Purpose on Oct. 1 will have another irresistible theme, “Casino Royale,” and will be a top event of the season.

Party guests are invited to wear secret agent or Bond Girl attire (aka cocktail) as they arrive at a party venue that James Bond himself would feel at home in: Park Place Motorcars in Arlington.

The evening of 007 fun will feature a moving program, a fabulous gourmet meal and spy-worthy cocktails (martinis shaken, not stirred). At the after-party, the Jam Wows will play dance music between turns at the tables in the Casino Royale.

“We are thrilled that this year’s Party for a Purpose gala will be held at the brand-new, beautiful Park Place Motorcars dealership in Arlington,” said Carol Camp, who is chairing the event with Gara Hill. “Our sponsors and patrons are sure to have an unforgettable time — from the James Bond-style martinis during the cocktail hour to the casinos and live music during the after-party.”

Committee members include Songul Agir, Robyn Barrere, Karen Bass, Kay Duggan, Lindsy Fernandez, Mike Gerro, Holly Harvey, Lori Henegar, Leslie Hogg, Tricia Maibach and LouAnn O’Donnell to randomly name only a very few.

Intelligence gathered by our spies has uncovered top secrets about some incredible auction swag. A one-week stay at The Reef Atlantis in the Bahamas, a vacation stay at a lovely Pelican Bay beach home in Naples, Fla., a luxury suite package at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Texas Rangers luxury suite and tickets to see Willie Nelson perform at Billy Bob’s Texas are just a few things discovered during the mission.

Silent and big-board auctions will have Bond-worthy goodies, and some lucky winner will find out that diamonds are forever by taking home a 1-carat variety of the sparkling gem.

Tickets are $175 per person, and funds raised support the Boys & Girls Clubs programs that nurture and enrich the lives of children in our community. Purchase online at www.PFPBGC.org, or contact Holly Clinton, hclinton@bgcarlington.org, or 817-275-6551.

Book sale will benefit Arlington libraries

Feeling the need to escape a frenzied daily life? One excellent escape is in the pages of a good book. Read your cares away by loading up on the wonderful book bargains Sept. 21-25 at the Friends of the Library fall book sale at Meadowbrook Recreation Center, 1400 E. Dugan St.

“Featuring 52 special categories, the sale will offer the rare and the current, the historical and the humorous, the beautifully illustrated and the unusual. Most hardbacks are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents,” said Cathy Dietz, book warehouse manager.

An expansive juvenile/young adult section is one of the sale’s biggest draws and offers a wide range of selections. “Many are like new and make excellent Christmas presents for the young,” says Kathy Delaney, children’s coordinator. “Also, the prices are good for those just building their children’s libraries.”

Collectors will love the best-in-sale section that also features newer fiction, audio items and unusual books. A large selection of military and aviation materials, old maps, interesting Texana (such as a signed Last Train to Blanket), a 24-piece set of early 1900s Charles Dickens works and a new biographical area will delight shoppers.

Don’t miss the “Blue Book Special” on Saturday that offers timed buys in various categories. On Sunday all books are half price.

Sale chairman Wayne Halliburton said, “There will be a nice selection of books donated from Arlington ISD along with the usual great selection of books in all categories, especially records and CDs. We’ve also had a couple of large donations from the public in addition to all the library books we receive each sale.”

Teachers and nonprofit groups with proper IDs can take advantage of the special close-out program at 5:15 p.m. Sunday. “This allows them to select for a very small donation any of the remaining items and is another way to contribute back to the community,” said Halliburton.

Since the sale began in 1987, proceeds of more than $800,000 have been donated to library programs including the summer reading program and funding for staff training.

Sale hours are 2-7 p.m. Sept. 21 (members only), 2-7 p.m. Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25. To volunteer, call Dietz at 817-307-5611. For sale information, call 817-274-9710.

Arlington chamber event Sept. 29 to celebrate bright future

Nothing says more about a healthy business environment than the huge crowd that will gather for the annual meeting and awards dinner hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 29 in Arlington Convention Center Grand Ballroom.

Considering the excellent membership participation and growth at the organization, event organizers chose the perfect theme for the chamber’s premier event: “The Future is Bright.”

“The chamber is focused on growing our local business community in Tarrant County,” said board Chairman Robert Kembel. “With the addition of Michael Jacobson as our new president combined with the mission of ‘together, championing economic and community prosperity,’ this event marks a new beginning for the chamber.”

Hundreds of guests will mix and mingle and peruse a silent auction during a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. before the 7 p.m. program where Jacobson and Kembel will review the past year’s activities along with a look ahead.

A big moment comes when the 2016 Star Award, the chamber’s highest recognition for remarkable contributions to the community, is presented. Congratulations to this year’s recipient, Steve Zimmer, recently retired from Accenture, for his longtime service to Arlington.

Congratulations also go to this year’s inductees into the Arlington Business Hall of Fame: the Texas Rangers and General Motors. The Hall of Fame is reserved for business leaders identified with Arlington’s development and growth and for their significant business accomplishments and contributions.

“The award winners represent the best of our local small-business, manufacturing and entertainment. Each of our honorees represents the best in class and Arlington is blessed they reside in our community,” said Kembel.

Tickets are $60 for members and $100 for nonmembers. Make reservations at www.arlingtontx.com or call the office at 817-275-2613.

At a glance

The seventh annual Cara Young Fish for Life Tournament is Sunday at Lake Grapevine. Weigh-ins are at Cabela’s Fort Worth store. The free kids fishing tournament will also be held at Cabela’s the same day from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for kids 12 and under. Hourly weigh-in and prizes for the big fish each hour. A $50 Cabela’s gift card will be awarded for the biggest fish of the day. Events are in memory of Arlington resident Cara Young and proceeds benefit Cook Children’s Medical Center. Details at bit.ly/2cxobTh.

A big shout out to

  • Arlington sisters Emma and Rachael Spicer, who raised money for oncology patients at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital (where their mom works in the oncology unit) by setting up a lemonade stand during the summer. The girls donated more than $200, which was presented to the hospital foundation to buy turbans for cancer patients in need.
  • Arlington North Rotary presented a check for $5,000 to the capital campaign for Arlington Public Library at its meeting last month. The generous donation was presented by Mike Becknell as a surprise to library director Yoko Matsumoto and Andi Davis, development coordinator.
  • Bryan Barrett of Kennedale competed in Omsk, Russia, last month in the International Russia World Cup Strongman competition. He was the only representative from the United States.

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