Proof that the TV-viewing public still loves the concept, the 20th season for ABC’s venerable Dancing With the Stars is approaching, and the savvy members of the Colleyville Lions Club will continue to capitalize on the show’s popularity with their own version — Dancing for the Stars, Season Six.
Colleyville Rotarians, though small in number, are large in enthusiasm for producing another year of the successful fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Colleyville Center. In this version of the show, there are no judges, and votes are cast by donating money in the name of the dancer of your choice. The dancer who collects the most votes/money wins.
Jon Bullock, past president of the club and organizer of the event, said: “This event has grown every year due to our whole community getting behind it. The proceeds from this event help not only our local schools and charities but also the Rotary International goal to end polio worldwide.”
Twelve Colleyville celebrities have generously volunteered to put on their dancing shoes for the competition. After some potent training with a professional dancer, these folks are ready to rock the dancing world: Joe and Kay Allen, Kevin Clift, Rena Frost, Pete and Donna O’Brien, Kerri Pfuehler, Kaye Rogers, Bob Stewart, John Strawn, Chris Strittmatter and Michelle Young.
Club spokesman Mark Bauer said last year’s event raised more than $40,000, which was donated to local charities. A great lineup of fun and talent for the party Saturday party position it for another good year.
Guests at Colleyville Dancing for the Stars — many dressed formally at the black-tie-optional affair — will enjoy libations from an open bar and a delicious dinner catered by Red Barn Barbecue featuring mouthwatering steak or chicken with all the delicious accompaniments. Exhibition dancing, musical entertainment, live and silent auctions, and a raffle for custom jewelry donated by Pieter Andries will round out the fun.
“The dancers have worked really hard to put on a show for everyone,” Rotary member Kay Allen said. “They will display everything from ballroom dancing to disco to country and Western swing, and they do it for fun and to raise money for their community. It will be a great show.”
Mid-Cities Panhellenic hosting college sorority forum today
If joining a college sorority is all Greek to you, then the informational session this afternoon to explain college sorority rush (now called recruitment) will give you the 411 on all things sorority.
High school seniors are invited to bring their parents and attend the forum, hosted by Mid-Cities Alumnae Panhellenic, from 2 to 4 p.m. at First Colleyville, 5300 Colleyville Blvd.
Leaders will answer questions about sororities and offer young women a chance to register with the association.
“We would encourage anyone who has even a slight interest to come and learn more about national sororities,” said member Joy Donovan. “Mid-Cities Panhellenic hosts this event year after year because joining a national sorority has been such a rewarding experience for us, we want to ensure young women who want to be a sorority member get that opportunity.”
Attendees will learn all about what to include in a résumé and enjoy a fashion show featuring ensembles appropriate to wear to rush parties.
President Laurel Dawson said: “Mid-Cities Panhellenic covers the [school] districts of Birdville, Carroll, Grapevine-Colleyville, H-E-B, Keller and Northwest. We want to assist young women with the recruitment process whether they attend universities in state or out of state.”
The information session is free and open to anyone interested in knowing more. No commitment is required. To learn more, visit www.midcitiespanhellenic.com, check out www.facebook.com/midcities.panhellenic, or call Donovan at 214-707-3724.
Wine events this weekend benefit Friends of the Library
A champagne reception and a four-course dinner paired with the wines of premier vintner Luc Morlet at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House on Friday promises to be an incredible evening that benefits the Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library.
Special guest is Morlet, founder/owner of the highly acclaimed Morlet Family Vineyards of St. Helena, Calif., who is sometimes referred to as the “French connection” to fine California wines.
“This is a rare opportunity to taste the wines produced by one of Napa Valley’s most creative and acclaimed winemakers,” said President Bunny Gardner said. “Enjoying good books and good wines are shared experiences, and this seemed a natural fit for the Friends fundraising event.”
A second event — a lively reception, yummy hors d’oeuvres and fun wine-tasting from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Classic Wine Storage, 2915 Riverglen Drive — will again feature Morlet.
Famous wine critic Robert Parker Jr. recently wrote, “Morlet is not only a fabulous winemaking talent, he knows how to bring the French savoir faire of complexity, elegance and precision to the ripe, concentrated, intense fruit of California.”
The Del Frisco event begins at 4 p.m., and tickets are $200 per person. Tickets for the 12:30 p.m. Classic Wine Storage event are $50 each. Space is limited, so make reservations early by contacting Friends of the Fort Worth Library at 817-346-2255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dream Makers luncheon benefits UTA nursing students
Honoring donors and endowments whose gifts support the dreams and scholarships of students in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at the University of Texas at Arlington, the 14th annual Dream Makers Scholarship Luncheon is March 2 in the Bluebonnet Ballroom on campus.
Special guests at the luncheon include scholarship recipients, faculty members, universivy President Vistasp M. Karbhari and master of ceremonies W. Stephen Love, CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council.
“It’s a real celebration of the coming together of the excellence of our students and the excellence of our community of supporters,” said Anne R. Bavier, who was named dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation six months ago. Bavier said she is pleased that kinesiology students are now a part of the college and emphasized the important role of these graduates as they work with the children in sports programs nationwide.
The event began in 2002 and has commemorated more than $1 million in scholarship and endowment donations to support the future leaders in healthcare as they work to improve the lives of their clients and patients. UT Arlington’s program is the largest producer of new nurses in the state.
A signature feature of the event each year is the chance for scholarship recipients to meet donors. Event committee members include Tim Armes, Donna Bertram, Doreen Bruner, Lori Donovan, Ceil Flores, Mary Ann Van Siclen and Roger Moore.
Bavier will speak to the audience about “Touching Lives and Transforming Health Care.” Student speakers are Meagan Peterson and Peter Deng.
Individual tickets are $95. For information, call Susan Ennis, communication coordinator in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, at 817-272-4793.