Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

John Michael Montgomery to headline Cowtown Ball

Kim Johnson is the 2015 Cowtown Ball chairwoman.
Kim Johnson is the 2015 Cowtown Ball chairwoman.

Supporters of the American Cancer Society’s annual Cowtown Ball will saddle up May 2 and ride on over to The Shack at the Panther Island Pavilion for the annual Western-style gala. Themed “True Grit & Glamour,” the party will again feature dinner, dancing, casino games, auctions, midway games and more.

Grammy nominee John Michael Montgomery will be the headline entertainer, singing from his extensive catalog of hits including I Swear and I Love the Way You Love Me.

“We would like for everyone to join us for a night of True Grit & Glamour,” said Kim Johnson, who is chairing the event along with the honorary chair, Mayor Betsy Price. “We are bringing a little sparkle to our rustic venue, The Shack at Panther Island Pavilion.”

Kaley O’Kelley, CBS 11 news anchor, will be the master of ceremonies.

Cooking up some of the tastiest vittles ever to grace a chuck wagon will be the cooks from popular eatery Mi Cocina. And while the cowboys and cowgirls chow down on the feast, taking the stage will be cosmic cowboy Gary P. Nunn. Audiences loves to sing along on his chorus of “I wanna go home with the armadillo.”

Competition for the auction swag could cause a big iron on the hip to be drawn as bidders vie for a party at Railhead with Luke Wade (The Voice), a fishing party on the coast and a resort stay at Crestview Farm in South Carolina.

Hotter than a posse on an outlaw’s trail are raffle tickets for a chance to win four different Mercedes Benz cars to drive for three months each.

“This will be a really fun evening for people to pull on their cowboy boots to two-step for a great cause,” said spokeswoman Joy Donovan Brandon. “During its 22-year history, the Cowtown Ball has raised more than $6 million for the American Cancer Society in Tarrant County.”

Tickets are $250 each. Reserve online at www.CowtownBall.com or contact Meredith Millard at 817-570-0618.

Golfer Lee Trevino to speak at Salvation Army luncheon

The Salvation Army, an institution whose raison d’etre is to do good, will present the annual Doing the Most Good luncheon on April 28 at noon at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. Legendary golfer Lee Trevino will be the keynote speaker.

The event, attended by several hundred loyal supporters each year, raises money to enable the organization to provide emergency assistance including rent, food, utilities and Christmas for people in need as well as services for victims of domestic violence.

“The Salvation Army operates a homeless shelter and social services center, two apartment buildings for the elderly, a substance abuse rehabilitation center, two thrift stores and a community center in the greater Fort Worth area,” spokeswoman Alexis Spears writes.

Trevino grew up on a small farm, picking cotton, in North Texas and went on to win six major championships during his impressive career. “When it comes to the game of life, I figure I’ve played the whole course,” Trevino wrote in a news statement.

Tickets are $150. Reserve seats at www.salvationarmydfw.org or call 817-344-1835 or send an email to dfwmc_events@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Northeast Tarrant

City Slickers Auction helps chamber programs

One of Colleyville’s most beloved events, the City Slickers Auction, is slated for 5-9 p.m. Sunday at the Hurst Conference Center. Hosted by the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce, the big shindig is a gigantic silent and live auction also featuring food, drinks and live music.

“It’s time to shine your boots, polish your belt buckle and dust off your hat for the Colleyville Area Chamber’s 32nd Annual City Slickers event,” the chamber said in a promotional statement.

Co-chairs of the event are Roxanne Schroeder of Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine and Roger Badchkam of Aflac.

Guests will have a busy night trying to peruse the hundreds of items up for bid and to taste the delicious food and drink offerings while they shop. The classic sounds of the Master Cylinder Band will lend a lot of energy to the informal evening of fun while folks visit, shop and dine.

New this year is the exclusive VIP Bourbon Room where guests will enjoy Texas bourbon, premium wine and delicious food provided by Mac’s On Main. Only a limited number of $50 tickets will be sold for this special experience.

The roster of restaurants serving up tantalizing samples includes Anna’s Mexican Grill, Boi na Braza, Boulevard Eatz, Cantina Laredo, Citrus Bistro, Italianni’s, LeSara, Market Street, Menchie’s, Palio’s, Red Dog Right and Texas Roadhouse.

The event is the main fundraiser for the chamber and enables it to continue the services it provides to businesses and programs benefiting the entire community.

Tickets, at $15 each or $25 for two, include unlimited food and beverage. Buy at the door or in advance at ColleyvilleChamber.org or call Erin Pedersen at 817-488-7148.

Southlake Art in the Square opens Friday

Where does art take you? Explore the answer to this thought-provoking query as you view the artwork of more than 150 artists selected by a jury to exhibit at this year’s Art in the Square festival running Friday through Sunday.

Art lovers and collectors will be there primarily for the art, but the Southlake Women’s Club — producers of the event — offers attendees more by providing an exceptional cultural experience along with outstanding entertainment, food and children’s activities.

“With the help of our many volunteers, the Southlake Women’s Club has grown Art in the Square from a small community gathering to a nationally ranked fine arts festival that’s regularly attended by thousands of people,” club President Terri Schrobilgen said.

Austin artist David Bjurstrom received the People’s Choice Award from residents previewing the work of several featured artists a few weeks ago at Southlake Town Hall Rotunda. His winning piece is a graphite pencil drawing titled Windmill.

More than 700 applications from artists across the country were submitted to the jury committee given the difficult task of choosing only 150 artists to make the final cut. No one will be disappointed by the diverse and varied selection available in every artistic category.

“Our goal at Art in the Square is to bring to the community an excellent variety of art mediums, styles and price points — all top quality and all interesting for browsing or purchasing,” event chairwoman Terri Messing said.

The Walton Stout Band is Friday’s headliner, and the top act for Saturday is country artist Jo Dee Messina. Messina has a slew of awards from her nine No. 1 singles and has sold more than 5 million records. A variety of bands and solo acts will perform on two stages throughout the festival.

Le Bistro area will offer a delicious variety of casual dining options including the Queen and King Pub and the Cadillac Ranch Beer Garden, where covered seating is available. And take a cruise along Route 66 to see what food truck road stops are there, including Bellatrino and Steel City Pops.

Proceeds from the event support Northeast Tarrant County charities. The Southlake Women’s Club Foundation has surpassed $2 million in funding for area charities since 2000.

The festival is on the grounds of Southlake Town Square and is open from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Details at www.ArtintheSquare.com.

Events at a glance

▪ Cardboard Boat Regatta benefiting the River Legacy Foundation is Saturday at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.

The regatta challenges amateur boat builders to build, navigate and float (or sink) their cardboard creations in Hurricane Harbor’s Wave Pool to win trophies and bragging rights.

Registration fees range from $55 to $90 and include admission tickets. Call 817-860-6752, ext. 107, or visit www.riverlegacy.org to make arrangements.

▪ Crawfish Boil benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth is Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. at River Ranch in the Stockyards, 500 NE 23rd St.

The event features live music from Me & My Monkey and Poo Live Crew, a Texas hold ’em tournament, 7,000 pounds of crawfish, cold beer and soft drinks. Tickets for Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldine concerts will be raffled, and a sports auction is planned.

Tickets are $75 pre-sale and $100 at the door. Information at www.FortWorthKids.org or call Christi Langas at 817- 834-4711.

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