Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Christmas in Cowtown Gift Market – It’s here, y’all!

Adi Borovick and Jessica Busby are co-chairing Christmas in Cowtown.
Adi Borovick and Jessica Busby are co-chairing Christmas in Cowtown. Fort Worth Junior League

For anyone who considers shopping a competitive sport, let the games begin Oct 13 at the 10th anniversary of the Fort Worth Junior League’s Christmas in Cowtown. The charity shopping event at Will Rogers Memorial Center in the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall will feature more than 200 specialty merchants cherry-picked from across the country. Expanded shopping time this year will include Sunday shopping with the event open to the public Oct. 13-16 offering jewelry, toys, home decor, holiday decorations, art, linens, fashion, gourmet food and much more.

“Shopping at Christmas in Cowtown is your one-stop shop to find unique gifts and treats for family, friends and, last but not least, yourself,” said Adi Borovick, who is co-chairing Christmas in Cowtown with Jessica Busby.

There’s lots to love about this event, but two compelling facts make it a no-brainer to attend. First, there’s no guilt for excessive shopping because all the ticket proceeds go directly into the community for worthy projects. Secondly, finish your holiday shopping list calmly nearly two months before the frenzied December calendar consumes your mind and your life.

Since the event was established in 2007, proceeds have enabled the Junior League to give more than $2 million back to the community. “This year we are proud to contribute $100,000 to the Presbyterian Night Shelter Morris Foundation Women and Children’s Center as our signature project,” said league President Tiffany Rubenkoenig.

“Our volunteers will assist with an empowerment program for residents to learn life skills and focus on personal fulfillment to build a foundation to bring these families out of homelessness.”

For those wanting a head start on shopping, all 200-plus elite merchants will open their market stores at a Preview Party on Oct. 12 to offer private shopping while guests nosh on signature dishes from top local restaurants set up in tasting stations, sip cocktails and enjoy live music from local artist Phil Pritchett. Complimentary parking and porter service are provided. Hours are from 6 to 9 p.m., and tickets are $80 per person.

Another exclusive shopping experience is available Oct. 13 at the High Heels & Holly Private Shopping & Luncheon, where guests can shop early from 9 to 11:30 a.m. before a decadent luncheon catered by Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen is served. Tickets are $75 and include complimentary valet parking and porter service. Advance ticket purchase is required for both parties, and RSVP deadline is Oct. 10.

The Junior League’s 2016 community projects benefit ACH Child and Family Services, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth, Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, Daniel Migael Foundation, Fort Worth Drowning Prevention, Fortress Youth Development Center, Friends of Forest Hill Public Library, Presbyterian Night Shelter, the Cliburn Foundation and Union Gospel Mission.

With all the shopping and parties, don’t forget to get your 2016 Christmas in Cowtown Christopher Radko ornament and participate in the raffle and the Pick-A-Package program, where shoppers pay $25 for a box containing a minimum of $50 in gift certificates from Christmas in Cowtown merchants.

Live nightly entertainment from 5 to 8 p.m. will feature local singers Andrew Sullivan on Oct. 13 and Billy Hazard on Oct. 14. High school choirs will sing favorite carols throughout the day Oct. 15.

Public shopping hours are noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct 14-15 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16. Admission is $12 per person. Get details and a list of merchants at www.ChristmasinCowtown.com.

United Way luncheon Oct. 5 will highlight community efforts

Prepare to be impressed with the strides that are being made in education, income and health initiatives that the United Way of Northeast Tarrant County will review at its annual Report to the Community luncheon Oct. 5 at Hurst Conference Center.

“This year’s luncheon will be a great opportunity to see how United Way has invested in the Northeast Tarrant County community over the past year and to get a sense of how we are looking to build for the future,” said Faye Beaulieu, Northeast Tarrant director of United Way.

Hosting the occasion will be event steering committee chair Glen Sirles, who will team up with celebrity emcee and veteran newsman Scott Murray to walk the audience through an engaging review of how the powerhouse agency has formed strategic partnerships to make a measurable impact in the community and find solutions to problems.

A special video message from NBA pro Myles Turner, a Euless Trinity graduate, will spotlight the Myles Ahead Service Challenge that encourages students at Trinity to volunteer 10 hours each month. And in a Shark Tank-like segment, the audience will hear about the brand-new socially innovative KERNEL program that encourages new approaches and strategies to find solutions to social challenges in our community. Details about the KERNEL Pitch event on Nov. 2 will be part of the message.

Luncheon guests who are looking for collectibles or doing early holiday shopping can bid in a silent auction where Turner-autographed jerseys and basketballs will be up for grabs and all proceeds will support United Way work in the local community.

Tickets are $28 each, and reservations are due Friday. Sign up online at www.UnitedWayTarrant.org/NortheastReport or contact Tonya Cunningham at 817-282-1160.

Wine, Women & Shoes Oct 14 helps at-risk students

Back by popular demand is the fashion fete fundraiser benefiting Communities in Schools of Greater Tarrant County. The “sip-sational” event is set for Oct. 14 at Ridglea Country Club. Seats are going fast for the affair, which raises money so at-risk students across the county can be served.

“Shoe lovers can kick up their heels while sipping varietals from some of the country’s top winemakers, shop the latest fashion trends in the multidesigner marketplace, dine on a delicious buffet dinner, cheer on local celebrity models as they strut the runway and swoon over charming ‘Sole Men’ serving up this season’s must-haves on silver platters,” said a spokesman for the event.

Mayor Betsy Price will do an encore modeling performance along with other local celebrities, including Jennifer Casler-Price, Kelly Allen Grey, Leah King and Rattana Mao, to name only a few of the models. They will do a fabulous runway show directed by Karl Marshall and wearing fashions by Dillard’s.

Chairwoman Kay Sanders is in charge of this fifth edition of the event with help from committee members Kami Bedford, Rachael Capua, Catherine Cargile, Angie Chavira and Beth Engelhardt, to name just a few.

One of the main ingredients for a successful evening are the gracious guys from the area — Sole Men — who schmooze guests and serve up designer fashion accents on a silver platter. Kudos to these gents as they sell raffle tickets, pump up the auction action and make the ladies attending feel pampered and special. This year’s shoe guys include Glen Hahn of Innovative Developers, Brian Happel of BBVA Compass, Barry King of Brothers Sauces, Peter Kreidler of Swiss Pastry Shop and many other charming volunteers.

Fashion partners include Mustard Seed Jewelry, Casey and Co. and florals by The Greenhouse. Other spectacular retailers include Esther Penn, J. McLaughlin, Keeping Up with the Joneses, Kendra Scott, Love 13, Pallet to Palette, Sassy Pantz and Stanley Eisenman Fine Shoes.

Guests will sip vintages from such wineries as Barton & Guestier, Connundrum/Emmolo, DeLoach, Deutsch Family, Emmolo, JCB, Justin/Landmark, Raymond, Via One Hope and the White Knight.

Tickets are $150 each. Twenty percent of the evening’s fashion sales also benefit Communities in Schools. Purchase online at www.winewomenandshoes.com/cisfw or contact Rachel.Peters@cistarrant.org for more information.

Briefly

  • NAMI Walk is at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Park Pavilion on West Seventh Street. Funds raised benefit Tarrant County NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). The 5K is pet-friendly and welcomes strollers, wagons and bicycles. Dress groovy, funky, cool and comfortable. 7:30 a.m. check-in and 9:30 a.m. step-off.
  • Rahr & Sons’ seventh annual Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk is Saturday. The brewery is at 701 Galveston Ave. Registration is $40 for runners and $10 admission to the biergarden for the general public. Register at 7:30 a.m., and event begins at 9 a.m. Visit rahrbrewing.com.
  • Bras for a Cause gala is Oct. 7 at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel. Tickets are $100 and benefit families fighting cancer. www.BrasForACause.com.
  • Legacy of Women luncheon benefiting SafeHaven of Tarrant County is Oct. 12 at the Hilton Hotel. Keynote speaker is NFL legend Terry Bradshaw. Ten exceptional women throughout the Tarrant County community who have gone above and beyond in their respective field will be honored at the event. Tickets are $125 each, and funds raised fight domestic violence. Purchase at www.safehaventc.org or call Valerie Salter at 817-502-7132.

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