Please hold your applause until the end for the Greater Keller Women’s Club Foundation and its latest round of charitable giving. At the recent Distribution of Funds annual dinner, the women’s group awarded nearly $80,000 in scholarships and grants to local charities.
The genesis of all the giving came from a successful year of fundraising that centered on the juggernaut fashion event the club hosts each spring. Their revamped daytime fashion show morphed into an evening gala and resulted in notable profits to fund community needs.
“This year the GKWC raised $79,000 with the generosity of the Keller business community along with private supporters,” said Greater Keller Women’s Club President Janice Smith. “We provided 12 high school scholarships to our Keller seniors and grants to nine charities in our area.”
The celebratory dinner at Sky Creek Ranch was attended by around 100 members, honorees and special guests including Mayor Mark Matthews and Councilman Bill Dodge.
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Some $43,000 in grants were handed out to Northeast Tarrant County organizations to support programs and/or projects that address community-related issues. Gratefully accepting the awards amid the applause were representatives from Battered Women’s Foundation, Christ’s Haven for Children, Community Enrichment Center, Friends of the Keller Library, Metroport Meals on Wheels, Mid-Cities Care Corps, Neuro Assistance Foundation, Summer Santa and Victory Therapy Center.
“We all believe in our community and wish to make it a better place every day,” Smith said. “Our volunteers’ time and hard work are the No. 1 asset we have as a philanthropic organization.”
A dozen excited high school seniors from Fossil Ridge, Timber Creek, Central and Keller high schools accepted a collective $36,000 in scholarships. The Holly Bowden Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of the 1995 graduate of Keller High School who died in 1996, was given to Christian Lee Turnley.
Putting the spotlight on member achievements, two club members received special honors during the evening’s festivities. Jean Manuszak was awarded the Gladys Barrett Award for exceptional service to the club. June Aurelio was named as the 2015 Shining Star who will be honored at the Arts Council Northeast annual luncheon recognizing local volunteers for outstanding community service.
To find out more about the Keller women’s group, visit www.GKWC.org. Local nonprofits that want to apply for grants should make a note of the April 1 deadline for applications.
Empowered Women are focus of July 23 luncheon
The arrival of the Empowered Women event carries with it a duffel bag full of thought-provoking inspiration and fun as the Colleyville Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual luncheon for local businesswomen. This fifth edition of the outing is set for July 23 at the Piazza in the Village in Colleyville.
Get the maximum pleasure and networking benefits by putting a table together for your colleagues, clients, neighbors and friends, and create a memorable summer experience that includes lunch, an entertaining guest speaker and raffle drawings for great prizes.
“We are thrilled to have Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price as the guest speaker of the Empowered Woman’s event,” said Tom Smith, chairman of the Colleyville chamber board of directors. “Many people look forward to this event as a celebration of the strong and diverse women in this community.”
Attendees will love the keynote address from Price as she chats with the audience about contemporary topics that are important to women. Price will address health and wellness issues, the importance of finding balance in your life, education and the relevance of women in leadership. NBC5 newswoman Deborah Ferguson will emcee the occasion.
In charge of the event are chairwomen Mimi Tran from Frost Bank and Leslie Hill from Colleyville Center. Major sponsors are TXU, Trinity Aesthetics & Laser and Allen Samuels Dodge/Hyundai.
Chamber spokeswoman Erin Pedersen announced the gifts and services that lucky raffle winners will have a chance to win: beauty and skin services from Trinity Aesthetics & Laser, designer handbags, floral delivery for six months and other fabulous finds.
Cowboy Santas hosts Christmas in July on Thursday
Summertime is not too early to begin work on the fall toy drive operated by Cowboy Santas, the Fort Worth nonprofit that provides toys and books to young children from low-income families during the holiday season.
A party hosted by the charity at Rahr Brewery 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday will give community and business leaders a chance to reconnect as they enjoy music, barbecue, hors d’oeuvres and delicious beer and beverages.
“It’s open to all,” said Marc Spencer, president of the Cowboy Santas Board. “Come and enjoy an afternoon packed with energy, friends, food and refreshments while learning our exciting plans for the holiday season and even ride a mechanical bull.”
Event organizers have worked with Rahr to make arrangements for getting the maximum benefit to the Cowboy Santa program in a fun, casual atmosphere.
Attendees will get a sneak peek of the holiday season and receive a commemorative Cowboy Santas pint glass, complimentary Rahr beer samplings, tours of the brewery along with live Texas music from Randy Brown. Delicious barbecue will be catered by Red, Hot and Blue.
Guests are asked to bring books, toys and/or cash donations to get a head start on the program, which will get in full swing this fall. The charity is based in the Fort Worth Parks & Community Services Department and serves more than 10,000 children in Tarrant County around Christmas time.
Suggested donation for attending the party is $20. Learn more about the charity at www.CowboySantas.org.
At a glance
▪ Seventh annual Empowering Seniors Expo is accepting applications for exhibitors and sponsors through Aug. 24. Exhibitor fee is $250. Details and application online at www.EmpoweringSeniors.com, or call Theresa Parsons at 817-581-3600. The event is set for Oct. 2 at FBCE Campus West, 209 N. Industrial Blvd. in Bedford.
▪ Golf Tournament benefiting the Keller High School band is Aug. 9 at Tour 18. Four-man scramble is $125 per player or $450 per team. Register at www.IndianBand.org, or contact Kyle Bergin at email@example.com.
▪ Entries for the North Richland Hills 2015 I Dig My Garden photo contest are being accepted through July 31. Entries must be photos from North Richland Hills residential or commercial properties. Categories include: balcony bliss, beautiful backyard, critters and creatures, smartscape, outstanding ornamentals, pretty pond and voluminous vegetables. Entry forms are available at www.nrhtx.com/photocontest.
▪ GRACE Gala raffle tickets are on sale. Register early to be eligible to win a $15,000 diamond necklace, a staycation at Possum Kingdom Lake valued at $8,000 or a two-seater Mule valued at $10,000. Tickets are $50 each or five for $200. Winner will be announced at the GRACE Gala on Oct. 10. Purchase at www.GraceGala.org.
▪ Hot & Hungry pet food drive hosted by Don’t Forget to Feed Me continues through July 31. Requests for pet food go up in the summer, and the agency is asking for food or cash donations for the July drive. Details at www.dontforgettofeedme.org.
▪ Historic Preservation Award nominations are due by Thursday to Historic Fort Worth. Details and form at www.HistoricFortWorth.org.