Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Free Hispanic Wellness Fair on Aug. 1 is for the entire family

Gloria V. Martinez, executive director of the Hispanic Wellness Coalition.
Gloria V. Martinez, executive director of the Hispanic Wellness Coalition. Courtesy photo

Good health is the No. 1 priority for everyone, but expensive medical checkups to ensure good health can be a stumbling block. Check that obstacle off the list by joining the thousands of people expected to attend the 17th annual Hispanic Wellness Fair at the Forest Hill Civic & Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1.

More than 100 free medical exams will be available to families in Fort Worth and surrounding areas, organizers say. The fair targets the Hispanic community but is open to anyone in Tarrant County in need of healthcare services and education.

“The health screenings and information we offer are designed to help our target audience make quality decisions when confronting health issues,” said Gloria V. Martinez, executive director of the Hispanic Wellness Coalition, which hosts the event.

“What makes our health fair unique is the extensive follow-up we do on particular attendees that are determined to be high risk and require immediate medical attention. These at-risk individuals are rigorously screened on-site in a private area we call The Comfort Center. No one else provides this customized care, and we’re proud to make it available to those attending the fair.”

The event aims to provide access to healthcare prevention services and information to those who cannot afford it. “The objective is to introduce the Hispanic population to the community’s health resources, break the barriers of communication by introducing health services to participants, and build trust among the providers and those in need,” said spokesman Michael Gomez.

Among the adult health services offered are Tdap vaccinations, mammograms, cancer, diabetes and cholesterol screenings, body fat analysis, pregnancy tests and hearing tests. Children can get vision screenings, vaccinations and school physicals. Dental health education and spinal screenings will also be available.

A discussion forum on adolescent suicide will be held along with sessions on financial literacy and how to prevent fraud. Information on immigration physical exams will be available. Don’t miss the healthy-cooking demonstrations, and focus on fitness at fun exercise demos.

A new venue this year, the convention center at 6901 Wichita St., will provide attendees more spacious areas for private sessions and medical screenings than in the past. Guests will enjoy free parking on-site, shuttle transportation from the Tarrant County College South Campus, free Wi-Fi and other new amenities.

“The HWC expects to attract Fort Worth attendees who are familiar with the event but is also excited to have this opportunity to serve a wider-based community,” Gomez said. “Forest Hill is 48 percent Hispanic, and adjoining cities include Mansfield, Arlington, Burleson and other surrounding communities.”

Learn more at www.hispanicwellnesscoalition.org, or contact Martinez at 817-735-2784.

Black & White Gala Aug. 15 benefits health programs

Glamour and elegance — in black and white — will rule the night air as guests converge at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel on Aug.15 for the Black & White Gala hosted by Texas Health Resources Foundation.

Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception before dinner and then live, big-board and silent auctions along with live music by the Mars Hill Band.

Heading the event committee are Chairman Pat Beavers and Vice Chairman Karen Grunert with help from a huge committee of dedicated volunteers.

“The first Black & White Gala took place in 1993, thanks to the leadership of founding chair Kay Walls and her awareness of the low immunization rate in Johnson County,” said Beavers. “Since then, this annual gala has developed into an integral part of the fundraising success for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne, thanks to a robust event committee of highly engaged individuals that are dedicated to improving the health status of the people — men, women and children — of Johnson County.”

Auction swag includes a custom Wavefront Interlase LASIK procedure, including pre- and post-op visits and sunglasses donated by Cleburne Eye Clinic and Texas Eye & Laser Center along with a private suite for 25 people at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, including $250 for food and beverages, donated by Lone Star Park and Sheryl and Gus Bates III.

Historically, the gala benefits the free programs at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne that provide childhood immunizations, mammography and prostate screenings, educational materials and community outreach to families who would not otherwise receive these services. This year’s gala proceeds will purchase a breast biopsy guidance system for 3-D imaging and three Panda iRes bed warmers for the hospital to serve infant patients.

Individual tickets are $175. To make reservations, contact Ryan Barrera at 682-236-5240 or reserve online at www.texashealth.org/bwgala.

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Twenty-six local charities found checks in their mailbox recently from the Southlake Women’s Club Foundation as proceeds from this year’s Art in the Square were distributed.

An impressive total of $190,000 was generated for charity by the event despite problems with stormy weather during the three-day show.

“Accolades go to over 800 adult and student volunteers logging over 4,800 hours of volunteer time, over 150 sponsors of event and the crowds of visitors that supported this year’s event,” said spokeswoman Sherri Whitt. “The Southlake Women’s Club is honored to help support the causes of these 26 charities in Northeast Tarrant County that help women, families and children overcome challenges that they experience daily.”

Casino Party Aug. 7 to benefit Grapevine chamber

Back again for an encore after a successful first year is the Casino Night party hosted by the Past Chairman’s Council of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce. Guests can dress in whatever suits their fancy for the soiree set for Aug. 7 at Austin Ranch at Hilton DFW Lakes.

The evening will feature food stations throughout the venue and a cash bar. Casino games include blackjack, craps, roulette, poker and bingo. Each guest will receive a ticket to put into a drawing for the item of their choice, and casino chips remaining at the end of the night can be used for a chance to win other prizes valued at $250 or more. Prizes will include hotel stays, athletic equipment, and sports and entertainment tickets.

In charge of the event are past chairs of the board Wanda Blagg, Sue Franks and Ron Stacy.

“The Past Chairman’s Advisory Council wanted to help the chamber maintain its land and facility for future business generations,” said CEO RaDonna Hessel about how the event was established.

“One requirement for the party: no speeches, just music, games, food and fun,” Hessel added. “It is awesome to see the tremendous support that these past business leaders continue to provide to our entire region.”

Tickets are $50 each and include $1,000 in chips. Make reservations online at www.GrapevineChamber.org or call the chamber office at 817-481-1522.

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