Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Grand Slam Gala to benefit live theater and youth arts education

Starla Dalton, Melissa Unger, Ginger Baker, Beth Marshall, Michelle Hoover, Kim Lawson and Rene’ Demaree. Theatre Arlington’s Grand Slam Gala is March 24 at Globe Life Park.
Starla Dalton, Melissa Unger, Ginger Baker, Beth Marshall, Michelle Hoover, Kim Lawson and Rene’ Demaree. Theatre Arlington’s Grand Slam Gala is March 24 at Globe Life Park. Courtesy photo

With Rangers opening day only a month away, baseball fever is in the air and the folks at Theatre Arlington caught it. Their annual party set for March 24 will have a new casual vibe and a spunky new venue: the Jack Daniels Suite at Globe Life Park.

Guests at the event can expect the grand slam of fun during an evening featuring popular recording artist Michael Hix and the Holla, a cocktail hour, elegant buffet dinner, games and choice libations at a cash bar.

“We are so excited about our Grand Slam Gala this year at Globe Life Park,” said Kara Lidell, who is co-chairing the event with Diane Kinzlmaier. “It is our major fundraiser and will help us continue to produce quality shows on our stage. So we want our guests to put that tux away and come join us for this casual fun event supporting Theatre Arlington.”

A dedicated event committee includes Becky Phillips, Michelle Hoover, Susie McAlister, Cynthia Nichols, Tara Lockhart, Melissa Unger and Peter Scott.

Audience participation in a heads-or-tails game is a fun part of the evening to both watch and get involved in, and the lucky person left standing will take home a gorgeous piece of jewelry. There will also be a Gold Glove raffle for an item from the Big Board auction that guests will enjoy.

The Envelope Please is an exciting game where guests choose an envelope from either a $25, $50 or $100 category. Inside the envelope are gift cards and certificates valued at least at the chosen level but possibly more. “Envelope Please is one of the most popular games at our gala each year,” said Theatre Arlington spokeswoman Kim Lawson. “When guest arrive many of them head straight for this game knowing they are sure to win a prize.”

Proceeds from the Grand Slam Gala not only support the shows on the stage but also the amazing education program and theater provided to at-risk students in Arlington schools. Tickets are $100 each. Reservations are due by March 17. Call 817-261-9628 or purchase online at www.TheatreArlington.org/Gala.html.

Local charities and community projects invited to submit grant inquiries by March 10

Arlington nonprofit Women Inspiring Philanthropy is inviting community charities and projects to submit letters of inquiry by March 10 in order to be considered for a grant during the 2017 cycle.

The Women Inspiring Philanthropy website has detailed criteria for grant eligibility. Each year Women Inspiring Philanthropy accepts proposals in five focus areas: culture, education, environment, family, and health and wellness. A committee evaluates applications, makes site visits and selects finalists for the general membership to consider. The first step in this process is to submit a letter of inquiry. Only selected letters will be invited to later submit formal grant proposals.

As of the end of last year, Women Inspiring Philanthropy has invested over $275,000 through grants to community groups including Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington, the Levitt Pavilion, Dental Health Arlington, YWCA and others. The all-women organization funds the grants by each member donating at least $1,000 per year.

Women Inspiring Philanthropy founder Linda Dipert announced that the organization now has more than 100 members who get the word out to the community about the granting process. Once Women Inspiring Philanthropy reviews the letters of inquiry, the members fan out across the community in teams to personally meet with organizations being considered.

“Unlike most foundations, we love being first in for funding a new community project because it’s so important to help something new get started. Our members have all been in the position of being last in for getting funds, and we know how challenging it is,” Dipert said. “We are willing not only to be first in to commit to funds — we’ll also actually go ahead and disburse the money to get the project started while they continue to secure other donors.”

Mayor Jeff Williams recently presented the Champion of Youth Award on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington to Women Inspiring Philanthropy for the community impact they are making in the city.

Get the letter of inquiry form and detailed information about grants at www.arlingtonwip.org.

Silver Eagle Luncheon to honor community leaders and raise money for Scouts

Longtime Arlingtonites O.V. “Rusty” DiSciullo and Graham Schadt will be honored for exceptional community service by the Cross Timbers District of the Longhorn Council of Boy Scouts at the Silver Eagle Luncheon on March 3 at the Arlington Hilton Hotel.

The public is invited to attend the free luncheon to learn more about the work of the Longhorn Council as it serves 1, 200 youths participating in scouting activities.

“On a daily basis, scouting teaches positive character traits, solid values and productive citizenship — all very important to tomorrow’s workforce,” writes John Coyle with the Longhorn Council, adding that the financial gifts from community leaders at the annual luncheon make the many scouting programs possible.

The honorees will be presented a Silver Eagle statue during the event that will be emceed by Henry Lewczyk from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.

“Our honorees are community leaders [who] represent the Scout Oath and Law. They are people who are or have been involved, productive citizens of their community,” said Tracy Carroll from Longhorn Council.

DiSciullo owned a successful engineering firm in Arlington for many years and was active in many civic endeavors including more than 60 years in the Rotary Club. Schadt had a successful Arlington real estate business, was active in Rotary and experienced a long history of involvement in Boy Scouts.

Past recipients honored with the Silver Eagle award include Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, Wayne Coble, Tom Cravens, Don Duke and Lana Wolff to name only a few.

There is no charge to attend the luncheon, but reservations are required. Contact Carroll at 817-231-8563 or email Tracy.Carroll@Scouting.org.

Warrior Band on the Run March 4

Those industrious members of the Martin High School Band Booster Club are bringing the Warrior Band on the Run 5K back for a second year on March 4 at Martin High School, 4501 W. Pleasant Ridge Road.

Runners will use a USATF-certified 5K course that meanders through neighborhoods around the school. Walkers are welcome to participate as well. A warmup at 8 a.m. precedes the 8:30 a.m. start time. Vendor exhibits, activities and live music by the Big Red Ants band will entertain guests before and after the race and awards ceremony. For those who cannot be there on race day but want to help, there’s an opportunity for virtual runners to sign up.

Funds raised with go toward band programs and projects. “Our goal is simple: to provide a strong financial platform to help build a best-in-class band program for our Arlington Martin high school students,” said race director Jill Granger.

Band members will be positioned all along the course offering encouragement, playing their band instruments, or handing out water. Marines will be on hand to support runners and assist with race safety.

Register at www.warriorbandontherun.com.

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