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Josh Weathers headlines Feast in the Fort on Nov. 10 to fight child abuse

Josh Weathers
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Celebrities will generously lend their star power to the upcoming Feast in the Fort concert and party hosted by The Parenting Center on Nov. 10.

Headline entertainer is Josh Weathers, known across the state for his special blend of R&B, funk, rock and soul music. Also appearing is Fort Worth’s own Pam Minick as emcee, and special guest is world champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman.

After a successful launch last year, The Parenting Center is bringing the event back for an encore as it raises funds to continue services to parents, caregivers and families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Last year more than 6,000 cases of child abuse and neglect were reported in Tarrant County (79 percent perpetrated by parents), the second highest in Texas.

“Last year was the 40th anniversary of The Parenting Center, so it was the perfect time to celebrate the legacy of support we’ve offered to families throughout Fort Worth,” said Crystal Cardwell from The Parenting Center. “As a small but longtime nonprofit, we are excited to grow our fundraising and expanding our awareness through the second annual Feast in the Fort.”

Despite his impressive rodeo career, Hedeman says being a parent trumps it.

“For me, being a dad has always been one of the most important things in my life. As parents, we all make mistakes,” he wrote in a news release.

“Today my co-parenting focuses on being objective, being real, being fair and always making sure the actions and decisions we make as adults are what is best for our child. The best advice I can give to other parents is to acknowledge mistakes, learn from them and repair as much as you can while moving forward.”

The special evening includes a dinner prepared by Ellerbee Fine Foods and Hurley House, a live auction and the concert.

Auction swag includes a private dinner party with Mayor Betsy Price, a special session at The Woodhouse Spa, a limited-edition Winchester safe and a night on the town featuring dinner at Del Frisco’s and seats at the Dolly Parton concert at Verizon Theatre.

Chairing the event are Becky Renfro Borbolla and Corrine King with a big assist from committee members Crystal Cardwell, Debbie Cooley, Julie Hatch Fairley, Serene Fletcher, Gissel Sebasigari, Kristi Hutto, Marcelle LeBlanc, Rattana Mao and Courtney Reece.

The event venue is River Ranch in the Stockyards. Tickets are $225 for dinner and auction and $45 for general admission to the concert only. Purchase online at theparentingcenter.org/2016-feast-fort or call The Parenting Center at 817-332-6348.

Camp Fire’s ‘An Artists’ Christmas’ Nov. 12 will be evening of elegance

Transforming the Fort Worth Zoo into a stylish party venue for an evening of art and elegance might be a challenge for some, but not for the Camp Fire organization. It has been hosting An Artist’s Christmas auction and gala for more than three decades and promises an enchanted evening for guests at the Nov. 12 soiree.

More than 80 pieces of art from local and regional artists is the main event of the party, but guests will also enjoy cocktails, a gourmet seated dinner, luxury auction items, entertainment, dancing and a sparkling program. And it is a chance for art collectors to make unique acquisitions while supporting important youth programs.

“An Artists’ Christmas art auction and gala is the largest fundraiser supporting Camp Fire’s commitment to our community,” said Randi Mitchell, who is chairing the event. “My family and I are thrilled to be a part of not only this charitable event, but also to participate in Camp Fire programs and activities as well.”

Committee members include Whitney Burns, Terri Hollander, Angela Jacobson, Jake Jacobson, Kirby Jacobson, Linda Jacobson and Erma Lee. Other hardworking members are Erin Naterman, Katie Olson, Amanda Plotnicki, Liz Spurgeon, Kelli Walter, Drenda Witt and John Witt.

Party guests will mix and mingle as they bid on the art in the juried exhibition and decide which raffle items strike their fancy. After dinner and the program, a live auction will include program artwork and jewelry as well as vacation and entertainment packages such as a TAG Heuer Aquaracer watch, tickets for the Cowboys-Tampa Bay game and 25,000 miles of American Airlines vouchers.

Live music from Aurora Bleu will pull people to the dance floor, and Andy Taft from Downtown Fort Worth Inc. will emcee the evening.

“Camp Fire First Texas has been a cornerstone of youth development in North Texas since 1914,” Mitchell said. Funds raised will help the organization continue early childhood education and programs for youth at risk of not graduating, along with signature camping and outdoor programs.

Tickets are $250 each and reservations are due Friday. Purchase tickets at www.CampFireFW.org or call 817-831-2111 to reserve or to get raffle tickets.

Ruby Slipper Soiree Nov. 10 supports CASA

A shoe-and-accessory fashion show along with fine wines, specialty cocktails, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, raffle and prize drawings, shopping and fun activities await guests at the Ruby Slipper Soiree on Nov. 10 hosted by the Mid-Cities chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. Proceeds from the event will go to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Tarrant County.

Showing their latest fashion collections will be Elaine Turner Designs, Brighton, Kendra Scott and Premier Designs. Models will be TCU students from the Theta sorority. Designers will sell pieces from their collections after the show and donate a portion back to CASA.

“The Ruby Slipper Soiree is successful thanks to our amazing style partners and generous sponsors,” said Lisa Hernandez, event co-chair. “We are pleased to announce that this year’s event will be bigger and more exciting than ever before. It’s truly a great way for everyone in our community to unite for such a great local cause.”

To throw in some extra fun, a free raffle ticket will go to all guests wearing ruby slippers (aka red shoes). Various wine selections from Kenwood Vineyards and appetizers prepared by chef Charles Youts of The Classic Cafe at Roanoke will be served during the event.

Candy Canes — a proprietary vodka and rum cocktail infused with white chocolate, cream and fresh peppermint from Candy’s Signature Cocktails — will be served throughout the evening. The Spirits and Sparkle Pull will offer a fun chance to win a bottle of Candy’s Signature Spirits, wine or jewelry.

“CASA trains ordinary people like you and me to be volunteer advocates who stand up on behalf of abused and neglected children in our community and help them find safe and permanent homes,” said Heather Pearson from CASA of Tarrant County. “The Ruby Slipper Soiree is an incredibly fun way to raise awareness and funds for CASA.”

Tickets are $50 each. Purchase at www.speakupforachild.org under the events tab or contact Whitney Zastrow at 512-587-9531 or whitney.zastrow@aa.com.

Briefly

  • Applications for artists are due Wednesday for the 18th Art in the Square on April 28-30 at Southlake Town Square. Professional artists and emerging artists are invited to apply to be juried. The emerging-artist program is designed especially for DFW artists new to outdoor juried shows. The show is presented by the Southlake Women’s Club and ranked 12th in the elite 20 list of the Art Fair SourceBook. Artist guidelines are at www.zapplication.org. Event info: www.artinthesquare.com.
  • Kick the Can is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in Sundance Square Plaza. Hosted by the Tarrant Area Food Bank, the event kicks off the holiday season of food and fund drives. Relay teams from workplaces and schools kick cans across the plaza. A local radio personality will give a running commentary on the antics of racers and their cheering squads. Awards for fastest time, cutest costume, most spirited and others will be given. Admission is free.
  • Seventh annual Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Will Rogers Memorial Center, Cattle Barn 2. More than 100 artists and crafters will sell their uniquely hand-crafted items. No manufactured goods or direct sales. Bring a toy for Toys for Tots and get a free raffle ticket. Pet adoptions via Humane Society of North Texas will be there. Admission is free and pets are welcome. Details at funkyfinds.com/holiday.
  • The Great Conversation dinner is Nov. 7 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. Charles Haley, former Dallas Cowboy and NFL Hall of Famer, will be the featured guest interviewed by radio personality Norm Hitzges. Funds raised benefit Tarrant County’s Children’s Advocacy Center, Alliance for Children. For tickets, contact Paige McNamara at 817-335-7172 or purchase online at www.allianceforchildren.org.
  • The Worth Honoring luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at the Hilton Fort Worth. Hosted by the Presbyterian Night Shelter, the event will recognize those that have courageously served in the Armed Forces. The Community Champion Award will be presented to honor military veterans who, through their works and lives during or after military service, have made substantial contributions to Fort Worth. Tickets are $75 for veterans and $125 for others. Purchase at www.journeyhome.org.
  • Heroes of Hope Luncheon celebrating the Joy of Life is at 11:45 a.m. Nov. 10 at Ridglea Country Club. The event celebrates the 70th anniversary of Cancer Care Services for their financial, emotional, spiritual and social support of cancer patients. The charity asks for a donation as the price of admission. Reservations are required. Contact Deanna Stuart at deanna@cancercareservices.org.
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