Having a ringside seat is not just a metaphor when we’re talking about the Aug. 28 annual fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. Ringside at this event literally means guests will be seated around a ring — a boxing ring to be more exact.
The Scott G. Sherman Boxing at the Ballroom party uniquely combines a black-tie dinner with a series of boxing matches between professional fighters duking it out in a ring set square in the middle of the Renaissance Worthington ballroom.
Guests in sparkling evening attire will enjoy a cocktail hour where they can visit and peruse a silent auction before a gourmet dinner. Auction swag includes a VIP trip for two to the Breeders Cup in Lexington, Ky., an old-school arcade video game, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a Garth Brooks concert package. And whoever is left standing in a knockout raffle will take home a cool five grand.
ESPN broadcaster Ian Fitzsimmons will be the evening’s emcee, and sports personality Mark Elfenbein will be the fight announcer for five bouts of boxing including the popular contest between two female pugilists and the crowd-pleasing mixed martial arts fight. Paulie Ayala Productions is managing the fight card. What would boxing be without the ring girls, who this year are sponsored by Stoli Elit Vodka.
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“Boxing in the Ballroom is an event that our supporters look forward to all year long. And with good reason. Truly there’s not a more enjoyable way to raise funds for a cause that makes a real difference,” event chairman Scott Price said. Others on the committee are Larry Anfin, Paulie Ayala and Leti Ayala along with the Scott Sherman family serving as honorary chairs.
According to Boys & Girls Clubs spokeswoman Christi Langas, several boxers have gotten their professional start at this event and have gone on to win titles, including Maurice Hooker from last year’s gala, who just won the NABO Junior Welterweight crown and Samuel Clarkson, a longtime crowd favorite, who won a title last weekend in Pennsylvania.
Tickets for the event are $300 each. Proceeds benefit programs for disadvantaged youths. More than $2.5 million has been raised since the event began. Buy tickets at www.FortWorthKids.org or contact Langas at 817-834-4711.
Hot Hatch Chile Run
The Hot Hatch Chile Run is set for Aug. 22 to raise money for the Neuro Assistance Foundation and its work to help people who have spinal cord injuries and disabilities.
It’s year seven for the event, which coincides with and is named for the annual Hatch Chile Festival at Central Market, the event sponsor. The 5K and 1-mile runs begin and end at the Central Market store in Southlake.
“This year is going to be the largest yet. We have so many amazing sponsors with giveaways and fun things to do,” said Cindi Cooperman, executive director of Neuro Assistance Foundation. “Springfree Trampoline is going to have two trampolines there, and the Dallas Stars will have their giant inflatable slap shot cage. Martin House Brewery will be on the patio with their local brew.”
Festivities planned for the charity run will complement some of the action that Central Market has planned for its yearly festival to celebrate the seasonal return to Texas of the special peppers grown only in Hatch, N.M.
“We have a very special guest, Kiley Derese, coming out to the run for the first time. She received an adaptive van from Neuro Assistance Foundation just a week ago. With her adaptive van, she is now able to get out in the community, and her parents are bringing her to the event to do the 1-mile in her power chair,” Cooperman said.
Register for the adult 5K early for $30, or $35 on race week. Youth 5K/1-mile registration is $20. Adult 1-mile fees are $25 early and $30 on race day.
All runners get a tech shirt and a delicious complimentary breakfast of Hatch chile tacos, incredibly delicious Hatch quiche, roasted potatoes, fruit, juice and coffee at Central Market Cafe. Spectators can buy the breakfast for $6.
Stick around after the race for the awards and a party that includes music, beer (the first one’s on the charity) and a health fair.
Events at a glance
▪ The March of Dimes will host a community baby shower from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at its office at 555 Hemphill Drive. The party is for local pregnant women and parents who participate in their community education programs
New or gently used baby items (no car seats, cribs, strollers or recalled items) and/or monetary donations are requested. Diapers, wipes, bath accessories, bottles, and new or gently used preemie, infant, toddler and maternity clothes are in high demand. Donate at marchofdimes.org/texas. Contact Wanda Wesson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to inquire.
▪ Arlington Master Chorale auditions are from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 in the choir room at First Baptist Church of Arlington, 301 Center St. To schedule an audition time, contact chorale director Randy Jordan by email at email@example.com. Auditions take about 15 minutes and include checking vocal range, tone quality, pitch memory and sight reading. No solo piece is required for the audition.
The 100-voice chorale performs three concerts a season and specialty performances with symphonies and other musical companies at venues that have included Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth and the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.
▪ Chalk Art Festival continues West 7th festival series from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 15. Attendees can watch three commissioned street painting artists create colorful artwork with chalk. Amateurs are invited to come up with their own 4-foot by 4-foot chalk art on site. Prizes will be awarded, and applications must be completed online.
A children’s chalk art area along with music by DJ Jason Esquire and lots of food and beverages for sale sound like a fun way to spend the day. Some of the proceeds will benefit the Art Station as it provides art therapy and community programs.
Details and application for the contest are at www.west-7th.com/event/chalk-art-festival.
▪ Summer Saturday Speaker Series at Bob Jones Nature Center continue with Animals of the Cross Timbers from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 29. It will give you a peek into history to learn about the time when bison roamed vast grasslands along with prairie dogs, mountain lions, black-footed ferrets and burrowing owls. Master naturalist Hester Schwarzer will make the free presentation at the Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake. RSVP at www.BJNC.org or call Executive Director Lori Higgins at 817-491-6333.