Money and praise were at the top of the agenda at the 19th annual Caring With Commitment Celebration hosted by the Colleyville Woman’s Club earlier this month.
The money went to area students via scholarship awards and to local nonprofits through cash grants. The praise came by publicly honoring businesses that support the club and by recognizing exceptional volunteer service by youth.
“We celebrate not only a 19-year milestone for this annual luncheon but also 39 years that the Colleyville Woman’s Club, through community support, has been a friend to those in need by raising over $3,500,000 in charitable funds,” CWC President Karen Deakin told an audience of more than 150 guests.
Nearly $140,000 in scholarships and charitable grants were awarded at the luncheon event.
Media personality Scott Murray hosted the occasion and individually introduced 15 companies being honored with CWC’s Community Partner awards that recognize philanthropic support of the organization.
Continuing a tradition begun in 1995, the club honored a dozen students with Youth Volunteer Service Awards. With a long-held conviction that a strong service ethic in children will create volunteers needed for the future, the club has honored nearly 800 children in the past two decades. The volunteer program is open to children ages 5 to 19 in 16 cities.
Anyone wishing to nominate a youth can visit www.c-w-c.org and submit a nomination by Feb. 16.
Sarah Shamai, from Trinity Valley School, and Alannah Bruce, from Carroll Middle School, received the CWC President’s Award for exceptional volunteer service.
Shamai has traveled to Israel and Haiti to volunteer and established a nonprofit organization that provides needed undergarments to girls in three orphanages in Haiti. Bruce has volunteered more than 2,000 hours during her life so far and speaks to youth groups about celebrating their own uniqueness.
The Dick Dennison Memorial Scholarship was established in 1999 to honor Dennison, an executive from BNSF Railway and husband of CWC member Darla Dennison, and annually awards a scholarship to a student at Bridges Accelerated Learning Center. Receiving the award was La’ Meyia Barron-Sutton.
Circle of Hope scholarships were presented, as they are each year, to one student from five area high schools: Bridges Learning Center and to Carroll, L.D. Bell, Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage. Additionally, Spirit of Youth volunteerism grants were awarded to six graduating seniors based on their four-year history of volunteer service during high school.
Although justifiably proud to fund scholarships, the Colleyville Woman’s Club takes special pleasure in helping local nonprofit organizations continue to serve the community by granting cash awards each year.
This year $120,000 was presented to 22 area charities as a representative from each was introduced while the organization’s mission was described. Funding for the grants and scholarships is fueled by proceeds from the annual CWC fashion benefit and holiday home tour, along with donations from generous sponsors and supporters.
“The Caring With Commitment Celebration is not only my favorite event but it is the one that I am most proud of,” said event chairwoman Holly Pagnotta. “To see the joy on the faces of the youth and the grateful smiles of the recipients of our charitable donations makes all our hard work worthwhile.”
Special honors were also handed out to CWC members. The Legacy Award went to Nancy Coplen, and the Spirit of CWC award to Cecilia Monacelli. Also applauded for exceptional contributions were CWC Leadership Award winner Marty Reiswig and CWC Commitment Award recipient Zoe Kirby.
It truly takes a village to produce the massive awards event and several CWC members took lead roles in pulling it off. Velma Walker spearheaded youth recognition, Amy Dowell managed grants and allocations, while Amanda Calongne directed sponsor recognition and Sue Howery handled volunteer recognition.
“This event is where CWC highlights our fundraising activities for the year by giving our money back to the community by donating it to local nonprofit organizations and [by giving] student grants and scholarships. It’s our chance to honor student volunteerism, community business sponsors and CWC members. It is the highlight of the year,” Deakin said.
Visit www.C-W-C.org to see a complete list of honorees and scholarship and grant winners.
H-E-B school Hall of Fame nominations due June 2
Recognizing and honoring those who have been instrumental in supporting the H-E-B school district has been the focus of a special Hall of Fame awards banquet each fall since 2008.
The district is accepting nominations for the 2017 Hall of Fame. Categories include a distinguished graduate from L.D. Bell and Trinity high schools along with distinguished former school board members, community leaders, former district employees and volunteers.
Nominations will require a short essay about why the nominee is worthy of the honor. A committee will review the nominations and notify recipients before the fall banquet date.
For details and criteria, visit www.hebisd.edu or contact the communications office at 817-283-4461. The deadline for submitting online nominations is June 2.
Lions Club xSIGHTment 5K benefits visually impaired
Bring the kids and leash the dog for a family-friendly good time at the 5K and fun run June 3 hosted by the Colleyville Lions Club. This is the 20th anniversary of the xSIGHTment Run, which raises money for area charities that serve those who are visually impaired.
The Lions will be serving up their famously delicious pancakes at the Colleyville Center amid the hustle and bustle of a health expo, live entertainment, raffle drawings and a 5K and fun run to suit both novice and experienced runners. At an awards ceremony following the run, cash awards will go to the top male and female finisher along with medals to all participants.
Charities funded by the event include Blind Veterans, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Lions Organ & Eye Bank, Fort Worth Lighthouse for the Blind and Prevent Blindness Texas. Lions officers are President Juneria Berges and Vice Presidents David Phelps, Chuck Mogged and Jody Short.
Advance registration for the 5K is $25 at www.XSIGHTmenRun.com or $30 at the event. Festivities kick off at 7:30 a.m. at the Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk.