Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Champions for Kids breakfast set for Feb. 15 to benefit disadvantaged youths

Boys & Girls Clubs children at the 2016 Champions for Kids event.
Boys & Girls Clubs children at the 2016 Champions for Kids event. Courtesy photo

Two favorites among sports fans are John Rhadigan from Fox Sports Southwest and Tom Grieve of Texas Rangers fame. Together they will headline the Champions for Kids breakfast Feb. 15 hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington.

“We are looking forward to hearing from Tom Grieve, an Arlington resident who has been behind the scenes of some of baseball’s most legendary headlines,” said Boys & Girls Club executive Nadia DiStefano. “Plus, being a former Club kid, he is a role model for today’s youth who are learning to live healthier lifestyles.”

The annual event raises money for the youth programs that the agency offers to more than 5,000 disadvantaged kids in the Arlington area. Volunteers in charge of the breakfast are Lisa Hoffman and Kari Sargent with help from board members Mark Caffey, Jon Hoffman, John Landry, Mike Gerro and Kay Duggan to name only a few.

A spotlight moment during the morning will be the presentation of the Champion of Youth award given annually to an individual or group that has demonstrated a dedication to improving the lives of youth in the community.

“We are proud to present the 2017 Champion of Youth award to Women Inspiring Philanthropy, an Arlington organization that has already made a tremendous positive impact on countless children and families within the five years since its founding,” said Executive Director Steve Wurm.

Guests will be greeted by Club kids as they start the morning with Starbucks coffee at 7 a.m. before a hearty breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. Each table is hosted by a youth from one of the Boys & Girls Clubs facilities.

Rhadigan and Grieve will be talking about baseball, Grieve’s career and his experience as a member and alumni of Boys & Girls Clubs. “I grew up in the Pittsfield, Mass., Boys Club,” writes Grieve. “It was there that I learned how to swim and play basketball. I went to overnight camp and then became a counselor.”

“More importantly, I learned fair play, honesty and sportsmanship and that we should be judged by our actions, not by our religious beliefs or the color of our skin. I love Boys & Girls Club…it has had a profound impact on my life.”

As Grieve prepares to depart for Rangers spring training just a few days after the breakfast event, he will likely share his insights about this year’s team.

Tickets are $150 per person. Some sponsorship opportunities are still available. The venue is the Cholula Porch at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Learn more and register to attend at www.CFKArlington. Org or call DiStefano at 817-275-6551, ext. 228.

Ladies of Hope group supports Community Storehouse programs for children

For women interested in helping make a difference in the lives of children in the Northwest, Keller and Carroll schools, Community Storehouse has formed a group for women called Ladies of Hope.

“We are planning some fun social gatherings where we will talk about the mission of the Community Storehouse and ways the Ladies of Hope could be part of that,” wrote Executive Director Barbara Board in a recent newsletter.

Keller residents Julie Sizemore and Alex Davis were recently named as co-chairs of the newly established organization.

“I am excited about the idea of helping to build the Ladies of Hope because it’s a great way for women to come together and serve the community,” said Sizemore, who has been involved at Community Storehouse for the past eight years. “It’s a fabulous group of women from different ages, interests and talents.”

Community Storehouse programs are aim to be “the first responders to any issues that threaten to interfere with a child’s success in school and are strategically designed to address unmet, identified needs for the children within the community.”

Megan Stiller, who is on staff at the agency, describes the Ladies of Hope group as a relaxed group of ladies who are making an impact locally. The group will most likely get together at least quarterly for both fellowship and to work on current projects. Any woman who is interested in learning more about Community Storehouse and who has a passion for her community is invited to visit the group and explore becoming involved.

“Most of our get-togethers are for service projects such as making sack lunches, sorting T-shirts, etc.,” said Sizemore. “We always have a fun time visiting and meeting new people. We invite anyone to join us, and ladies don’t have to be a current Storehouse volunteer or have any involvement with previous events.”

The next meeting is Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. at the 3Vinos Winery located at 206 Main St. in Roanoke. Contact Sizemore at jsize05@gmail.com or call Stiller at 817-431-3340 with questions.

Run With Heart to help fight heart disease

Runners and walkers alike will enjoy participating in the half marathon, 5K run or one-mile fun walk or run on Jan. 28 at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. Proceeds from the race will go toward helping support cardiology services at the hospital and community education about heart disease.

The hospital’s program, Heart of the Community, strives to improve the cardiovascular health of the community through heart disease education, prevention and encouraging a heart healthy lifestyle.

“Step out for your health and a good cause at the fourth annual Mansfield Run With Heart,” said hospital spokeswoman Angel Biasatti. “Then grab your sneakers to honor those living with heart disease, loved ones, and emergency responders while supporting cardiology services at the hospital.”

Race day activities include on-site registration starting at 6 a.m. followed by the 7:30 a.m. start for the half-marathon. The 5K and 1-mile begin at 7:40 a.m. A festival after the race begins at 8 a.m. and awards are presented from 8:45-9:30 a.m.

Fresh fruit, breads, coffee, water, and heart-healthy goodies will be provided to participants both before and after the race at the Methodist Mansfield Finish Line Celebration.

Team awards for fastest times in several categories will be given including emergency responders teams, school teams, fastest open team, corporate teams and largest teams based on the number of registered participants across all events.

The hospital is located at 2700 E. Broad St. in Mansfield. Register and get details and the course route at www.mansfieldrunwithheart.org or call 512-565-2582.

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