“Today” show personality Jenna Bush Hager will be the featured speaker at the Love & Hope Gala on Sept. 28 at The Bowden event venue in Keller. Hosted by the Community Enrichment Center, the event is the economic engine that fuels the CEC’s efforts to help families in crisis situations.
Lauren Przybyl from Fox 4 news will be the emcee, and the king of cuisine, chef Tim Love, will provide guests with a memorable dining experience. Auctions of all varieties — silent, live and big board — will be mixed in with a raffle and a trunk show and a jewelry pull. In short, it will be a big night for partygoers.
Last year the CEC provided food for nearly 7,000 people and placed around 400 families in safe housing while helping nearly 200 families keep their utilities turned on and providing hundreds of counseling hours to women and children escaping domestic violence.
“These services not only provide short-term relief and refuge, but allow time to identify barriers to success and develop a coaching strategy to overcome those barriers and help ensure participants can maintain financial stability and not return to a point of crisis,” said CEC Executive Director Randy Clinton. “The purpose of the Love & Hope Gala is to help support and expand our services to people in need in Tarrant County.”
The Bowden will be transformed into a beautiful “Enchanted Garden” where guests in black-tie attire can participate in a raffle for a diamond pendant from Tiffany, a Kendra Scott Gives Back trunk show and jewelry pull, and professional photos by Scott Peek. Auction swag includes airline tickets, hunting trips and private parties at local venues.
Chairing the event is Mimi Tran with help from Patti Bomer, Debbie Clinton, Chuck Dowling, Tanya Morris and Debbie Wessel to randomly name only a few from the large event committee.
“We are extremely grateful for our amazing committee members who have worked so hard to make this event both fun and successful,” said CEC spokeswoman Kristi Holt. “Not only will guests enjoy a wonderful evening in an enchanted garden, they will learn how the CEC helps low-income, homeless families and victims of family violence. We will share with them stories of actual families who have found help and hope through the CEC.”
Tickets are $250 each or $400 per couple with table sponsorships for $2500. Reservations are due immediately. Contact Holt at 817-281-1164 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to attend.
Luncheon honors work of local volunteers while raising money for the arts
The Shining Stars luncheon on Sept. 22 celebrates over two decades of putting the spotlight on the remarkable contributions by local volunteers. In this 21st edition of the event hosted by the Arts Council Northeast, the audience will be inspired as they watch a professional video starring the Shining Star honorees as each one tells their own story of what their volunteer work means to them.
Before the program, attendees at the event will mix and mingle at an elegant reception sipping on mimosas while bidding on the juried artwork of local artists and perusing an exclusive silent auction of luxury items. It is sensory overload, and guests should arrive in time to take it all in before the luncheon begins.
Each year, local charities and nonprofit organizations choose their Shining Star to be honored at the luncheon. Over the years, the selection and announcement of each group’s honoree has taken on its own internal significance for many local organizations and is often considered the highest honor given to their club members. According to Arts Council Northeast president Lee Koch, 39 organizations participated in the process this year with eight groups being involved for the first time.
“Shining Stars’ 21st year will be a highlight of the fall social season as we honor many exceptional local volunteers while raising funds for Arts Council Northeast,” said Koch. “The wonderful art that will be up for bid at our opening reception is currently displayed at the Bedford Public Library for those who want to preview it.”
“This event raises money for summer arts camps for disadvantaged children, art classes for the elderly, free MasterWorks concerts from Euless to Roanoke, plus funds the grants the Arts Council Northeast gives to small arts organizations and individual artists,” Koch added.
NBC 5 news anchor Deborah Ferguson will be the event emcee. The live auction features a lovely strand of pearls, a private dining experience aboard a vintage rail car, a private catered cocktail party at the Hurst Conference Center, a Breitling Superocean watch, jewelry, and a Mercedes for a weekend. The winners of the raffle drawings will take home $500 Visa cards or a 60-inch Sharp TV among other treasures.
Chairing the event is Paula Thornton, and Cheri Ross, Patricia Nolan, Joan Matzke and Arna Posey are part of the hardworking event committee.
Events at a glance
The Colleyville Lions Club Sight First Hole-In-One Shootout is Sept. 15-17 at Bob Moore’s Sports Center in Colleyville. In its 29th year, this fun-filled event allows golfers to compete over three days to qualify for the Sunday evening finalist shootout for the grand prize of $75,000 cash. Other prizes, including several rounds of golf at local courses, will be awarded to the qualifiers. Sept. 15: noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 16: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 17: noon to 5 p.m. with finalist shootout at 6 p.m. Venue is at 6113 Colleyville Blvd. Cost is $10 per basket of golf balls. Information at 817-851-6408 or www.colleyvillelions.com
H-E-B Moms Club meeting is Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Euless,106 N. Euless Main St. Women interested in exploring membership are welcome to attend and learn more about Moms Night Out, book club, meal swaps, playgroups and other activities designed to support moms. For additional information, send an email to HEBMomsClub@Yahoo.com.
Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth opens its season on Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Modern Art Museum. “No Translation Necessary” will feature Gary Levinson and Francesca dePasquale on violin, Bion Tsang on cello, Pavel Nersessian on piano and Richard Young on viola. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.chambermusicFW.org. Inquire at 817-877-3003.