Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: Women in education making a difference in H-E-B

Ulana Ratley, Sabra Doggett and Toni McCutchen of DKG Kappa Delta Chapter.
Ulana Ratley, Sabra Doggett and Toni McCutchen of DKG Kappa Delta Chapter. Courtesy photo

When Delta Kappa Gamma members Toni McCutchen and Ulana Ratley dropped by the newspaper offices early last fall to present a media award to the Star-Telegram, it didn’t take long to discover that the active club is doing all sorts of worthwhile projects in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford area.

DKG’s local affiliate, the Kappa Delta Chapter, is a 25-member club of active and retired women educators from the mid-cities who are involved in the organization’s mission of promoting educational excellence.

Both women had recently attended the DKG state convention in Frisco where their chapter won a slew of awards including the Golden Rose award given to club member Sabra Doggett for extraordinary service along with other awards for the club newsletter and yearbook. The group also received the president’s award (PACE) for chapter excellence as well as the Annie Award that recognizes an outstanding club program.

It was at the state convention that the club nominated the Star-Telegram for the Media Award in recognition of the news coverage given to the activities of the H-E-B chapter of DKG.

McCutchen is the recently-elected president succeeding Ratley. The club meets monthly at the H-E-B school district’s Pat May Center. Ratley said guests are welcome to attend meetings. Among the Kappa Delta chapter’s many local community service projects are a teacher scholarship fund and providing volunteer help at the school district’s Family Support Services department.

“The Kappa Delta chapter is a tremendous support for our district homeless and at-risk students. They provide hygiene and food items to the district’s food pantry, as well as conduct a coat drive for the district’s clothes closet,” said Ellen LoBue, a manager for the Family Support Services of H-E-B ISD. “The service they provide is so valuable to the goal of keeping our homeless and at-risk students succeeding in school.”

LoBue said the chapter also partners with St. Phillip Episcopal Church on an annual fundraiser — Jump for Joy — that provides funding for emergency rent and utilities and student activity fees for needy students and their families.

McCutchen said that each March the club opens up the Twice Around Boutique at the Pat May Center where they sell accessories to raise money for educational programs.

For any women in education who may be interested in joining the Kappa Delta chapter of DKG, contact the president at tonimccutchen@att.net. Learn more about the state organization at dkgtexas.org.

Grant money available for arts-related programs

Arts lovers, here’s a chance for you to help your favorite arts-related cause. The Arts Council Northeast has announced they are accepting grant applications until Nov. 30 for arts programs in schools, nonprofits, cities and even individual requests. $50,000 in grants were awarded last year.

Arts programs in Hurst, Euless, Bedford and 13 other Northeast Tarrant cities are eligible to apply. Grants will be awarded in the first quarter of next year. Since 1997 the council has generated more than $1.5 million to support the arts in local communities. The grants program is a partnership with the Texas Commission on the Arts.

“If your organization is outside our area of service and provides an arts-based program that benefits our 16-city area, please submit an inquiry letter describing your program or project prior to submitting an application,” said Arts Council President Lee Koch.

A broad range of projects have been funded in past years including iPads for progressing pianists’ (Keller ISD), a special weekend for the deaf and hard of hearing at Imagination Celebration (BISD), and the Cliburn's Musical Awakenings program. Other former grant recipients include the Trinity Arts Guild, Regal Opera Company, ONSTAGE in Bedford, and the Northeast Orchestra.

Applications and criteria are at www.artscouncilnortheast.org. Contact Bobbie McFarland at 817-283-3406, ext. 301 or info@artscouncilnortheast.org with questions.

Hurst boutique raises money for rescue shelter in Rwanda

Restoration Boutique located at 133 E. Harwood Road in Hurst sells donated, restored, hand-crafted, and new items to benefit a Dallas-based nonprofit, I Will Stand International. The charitable organization was established in 2014 to fund a rescue shelter in Rwanda, Africa, to help women and children at risk of abuse, poverty and neglect.

A fundraising event — Night of Hope Dinner and Auction — is set for Dec. 4 at the Iron Cactus located at1520 Main St. in Dallas to raise money for the charity. Guests at the event will get the opportunity to meet IWSI founder Andrea Williams, enjoy delicious food and musical entertainment and bid on great silent auction items.

Tickets are $50 per person. Purchase online at www.iwillstandintl.org or contact Williams at 214-245-5260. To contact the Restoration Boutique, call 817-857-1066.

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