Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Colleyville Woman’s Club hands out $103,500

Six seniors from area high schools received Spirit of Youth Volunteerism grants at the Colleyville Woman’s Club’s recent Caring With Commitment Celebration.
Six seniors from area high schools received Spirit of Youth Volunteerism grants at the Colleyville Woman’s Club’s recent Caring With Commitment Celebration.

The Colleyville Woman’s Club funded $95,000 in grants and $8,500 in scholarships at its recent Caring With Commitment Celebration, where ESPN sports broadcaster Brooke Williamson was the emcee. With an appreciative audience of nearly 200 people gathered at the Colleyville Center, 24 charities and nonprofits accepted grants to help them continue projects that serve families in Northeast Tarrant County.

Along with the cash awarded for the community projects, Kathleen C. Blowen Circle of Hope scholarships were presented to one senior from L.D. Bell, Carroll, Heritage and Grapevine high schools. The Dick Dennison memorial scholarship was presented to senior Hannah Porter from Bridges Accelerated Learning Center.

“This was our 17th annual Caring With Commitment Celebration,” said Jean Leitenberger, vice president of philanthropy and chair of the event. “We have an Allocations and Grants Committee that reviews all incoming grant applications and awards the monies raised from our fundraising efforts, most notably our holiday home tour and fashion show as well as our bridge marathon and other special fundraising events.”

Also spotlighted during the festivities were nine companies and businesses that have provided exceptional support for the club. And 14 members were also recognized for exceptional contributions to the organization. Among them was the Spirit of CWC Award, presented to Tammy Nakamura for her remarkable support of the organization. Janet Smith received the Auragold award, and Karen Deakin received the Regency award. Other awards went to Eliska Matton, Marianne Zimmer, Christy Horne, Holly Pagnotta, Juli Gerrard, Cheri Kennedy, Ruth Ann Meek and Crysta Wooten.

Six seniors from area high schools received the Spirit of Youth Volunteerism grants. The club established the program in 2005 to encourage and recognize exceptional community volunteer service over the four years of high school. It is open to seniors in 16 area cities. Visit the CWC website to learn more, and make a note that applications to participate in the program are due Feb. 19.

“As a nonprofit organization dedicated to fundraising and helping others, we truly appreciate the tremendous support of our local businesses and community. With their help and the dedicated efforts of our members, CWC was able to provide grants to 24 deserving charities this year,” club President Carol Wollin said. “By understanding that it is the youth of today who will be tomorrow’s volunteers, we also recognized many youth for their volunteer service. We were so thankful to be able to celebrate them all at our Caring With Commitment Celebration.”

Visit www.c-w-c.org to see a complete list of award and scholarship recipients. The website also provides details on how to apply for grants and scholarships.

Luncheon helps those with disabilities remain independent

Arlington-based charity Helping Restore Ability will host its annual Hand in Hand luncheon at noon June 12 at the Omni Hotel in Dallas. Co-produced and sponsored by Attorneys Serving the Community, the event is the main fundraiser benefiting the agency and features a moving keynote address and an awards presentation.

The audience will experience an unforgettable presentation by keynote speaker Dick Hoyt. His remarkable narrative about his son, Rick Hoyt, who has used a wheelchair since birth because of cerebral palsy, is spellbinding. The two men, known as Team Hoyt, have been in 67 marathons and 234 triathlons and more than 1,000 race events in the past 30 years. Their story is incredibly inspiring and will move the audience to tears and moments of joy and awe.

Chairing the event are Kelli M. Hinson and Cortland Kelly Grynwald. Honorary chairman is Logan Sherman, a well-known figure in the Dallas running and medical communities and winner of the Cowtown 5K, 10K, half- marathon, marathon and ultramarathon. Emcee is actress Dawn Neufeld of Dallas, cast member of VH1’s Football Wives and most recently host of morning talk show The Broadcast.

“We are thrilled and honored to be chosen as the nonprofit beneficiary and partner of Attorneys Serving the Community this year,” Executive Director Vicki Niedermayer said. “With the increasing number of people with disabilities enrolling for services, we are experiencing unprecedented growth at record rates, and this luncheon will provide the funds for our agency to offer life-altering care for those we are here to serve.”

Platinum IDS will receive the prestigious Friend of the Community Award, presented annually to an individual or organization that has demonstrated exceptional support for Attorneys Service the Community and its charitable mission. The recipient of the Sam Provence Award will also be announced. The award is presented by Helping Restore Abilities to an individual who is an exceptional advocate for those with disabilities.

Tickets are $125. Make reservations at www.hratexas.org/hand-in-hand-luncheon-2015.html or call Kimmie Hack at 817-635-6020.

ArchiTour on Saturday to Ennis and Waxahachie benefits historic preservation

A fun Saturday outing will depart at 9 a.m. from Thistle Hill in Fort Worth and take those seeking architectural adventures to Ennis and Waxahachie to see some beautifully restored structures..

Tourists will ride comfortably on a tour bus and enjoy refreshments on the way to tour the Railroad & Cultural Heritage Museum in Ennis and the Ellis County Courthouse on Waxahachie’s charming downtown square.

After a barbecue lunch, the group will tour private homes on Waxahachie’s Gingerbread Trail. The excursion returns to Fort Worth by 5 p.m.

Tickets are $80 each. Proceeds benefit the preservation programs for Historic Fort Worth. Reserve online at www.historicfortworth.org, or call 817-336-2344.

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