Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Evening of Hope Gala benefits Aids Outreach Center

At the 2014 Evening of Hope gala, Rhonda Mae Cox, Kelly Smith and Shannon Hilgart.
At the 2014 Evening of Hope gala, Rhonda Mae Cox, Kelly Smith and Shannon Hilgart. Courtesy photo

When you wish upon a star it is an expression of hope — hope for something good, something better in the future.

And the “Wish Upon a Star” theme for the Evening of Hope gala set for Saturday at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel is the same. The event is the expression of hope for a better future for those suffering from HIV/AIDS.

The party is an evening of cocktails, dinner, awards, dancing and a fashion show in style overdrive. The event bursts with glamour, but behind the stalking models and high fashion lies a profoundly important cause: supporting the Aids Outreach Center as it raises money for HIV/AIDS education, advocacy and services.

Co-chairing the event are David Adcock and Scott Green, who are in good company with honorary chair Betty Buckley. Emcee will be WFAA sports anchor Dale Hansen, and the keynote speaker will be Dan Freemyer of Broadway Baptist Church. And turning in their usual solid performance will be Trey and the Tri Tones as they beckon dancers to take a spin on the dance floor.

“Evening of Hope represents the largest single fundraising effort by AIDS Outreach Center. I think that Fort Worth sees the need and understands the positive impact that AOC has on people’s lives,” Green said.

“The challenge is to provide continuing care, coupled with dignity and respect, to those folks who are living with HIV/AIDS,” he said. “This is the opportunity for each of us to come together and make this happen.”

Awards of Inspiration in three categories will be presented to Clint Bradley (individual), the Meadows Foundation (foundation) and JPS Healing Wings Outpatient Clinic (corporate).

Guests will be wowed by a fashion parade showcasing a collection of must-haves by big-name designers Misook and Escada. And adding to the festivities will be fabulous raffles and auctions featuring a 1.24-carat diamond from Kubes, a weeklong Caribbean island vacation and a designer garment by Misook.

Tickets are $175 per person. Reserve online at www.aoc.org or call the office at 817-916-5224.

Event celebrates ACH’s heritage,services at 100th anniversary

Congratulations to ACH Child and Family Services as the organization celebrates its centennial year of providing services to strengthen families in North Texas. A Silver Tea open house last week paid homage to the storied history of the organization and its founders.

The first tea to benefit All Church Home, now known as ACH, was hosted by Fort Worth socialites in 1927. ACH was founded in 1915 as the Church Women’s Cooperative Home by a group of women from churches of several denominations in the Fort Worth area to help destitute women and children.

In the 1930s, a change in services to caring for orphaned and abandoned children led to the name of All Church Home for Children, which later morphed into the current name to reflect family services provided in more recent years.

“The Silver Tea is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a longtime Fort Worth tradition and pay tribute to the visionary women who created ACH a century ago,” wrote Val Stocker, Women’s Auxiliary member and wife of ACH board Chairman Dub Stocker. “We are proud to continue their legacy.”

Guests at the tea learned about current ACH services and applauded lifetime volunteers.

“The work of ACH has impacted generations of North Texans, both individuals in need and those who give back,” wrote Karen Haun Barlow, chair of the Silver Tea, a member of the ACH board since 1984 and a third-generation volunteer. “It is life-changing to see children and families at risk become independent, productive and fulfilled.”

ACH serves children and families in crisis by providing free counseling, parenting classes, an emergency shelter for teens, transitional living for young adults and residential behavioral care.

It served nearly 14,000 children and families last year.

According to ACH, Tarrant County led the state with more than 6,000 reported cases of child abuse or neglect last year and as many as 2,000 youths in the county are homeless or without a safe place to live at any given time.

Learn more at www.achservices.org/100-years.

Events at a glance

▪ Cocktails in the Garden is rescheduled for Friday because of rain. Hosted by Arts Council Northeast, the event is an opportunity to learn more about the organization’s programs and how to get involved and to enjoy a casual evening of wine, beer and appetizers. Admission is $25 per person or $35 per couple. To reserve and learn the location for the party, call 817-283-3406 or email lkoch@artscouncilnortheast.org to make reservations.

▪ Wellness Health Fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church at 7312 Forest Hill Drive will have exhibits on health education and illness prevention. There will be free services for the entire family. Visit the booths of the Forest Hill Police Department, Carter BloodCare, Walgreens, MedStar, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Catholic Charities Fort Worth, Sam’s Club, Nova Family Dentistry and Advanced Physical Medicine. Direct inquiries to Rosemary Williams at divarose2011@gmail.com or 817-975-3209.

▪ Art submissions for the 2016 Cowtown Marathon are due Friday. Design elements must include the year 2016, have a Western flair, include the phrase The Cowtown and have all races (ultra, marathon, half marathon, 10K, adult 5K and kids 5K) under the art and must include Fort Worth, Texas within the art. The winning artist will receive a small fee and must give rights to the art to The Cowtown. Direct inquires to info@cowtownmarathon.org.

▪ Metroport Meals on Wheels 24th annual Golf Classic and Auction is June 8 at Trophy Club Country Club. Shotguns starts at 7:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on the Hogan and Whitworth courses. Features silent and live auctions, live entertainment, great food and drinks. $250 per player. Register at www.metroportmow.org.

▪ Student Art Competition winners from last month’s Art in the Square presented by Southlake Women’s Club. First place, Courtney Ma/Colleyville Heritage High School; second place, McKayle Carter/Timber Creek High School; third place Alexis Helm/South Grand Prairie High School. Honorable mention Jasmine Le and Eliezer Garcia/South Grand Prairie High School; Canaan Casteel and Shivangi Patel/Colleyville Heritage High School; Itze Cuevas/Westlake Academy; and JC Patino/Carroll Senior High School.

▪ Easter Seals benefits from Kendra Scott jewelry party 5 to 8 p.m. June 9 at the Kendra Scott store in University Park Village. This will be a fun shopping event with 20 percent of sales benefiting Easter Seals North Texas services for children and adults with disabilities and their families. Enjoy bubbles and bites while you shop. Inquire with Megan Smock at 817-759-7914 or events@ntx.easterseals.com.

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