Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: Mid-Cities SOS party Oct. 22 celebrates 30 years

“The most rewarding part of leading SOS is attending our tennis benefit and Celebrity Chefs event and seeing the result of all our hard work to make them a success — while knowing that the women and children of SafeHaven are the beneficiaries,” SOS President Tara Hutchins-Welsh says.
“The most rewarding part of leading SOS is attending our tennis benefit and Celebrity Chefs event and seeing the result of all our hard work to make them a success — while knowing that the women and children of SafeHaven are the beneficiaries,” SOS President Tara Hutchins-Welsh says.

Come out to help Mid-Cities SOS (Supporters of SafeHaven) celebrate three decades of helping women and children who are victims of domestic violence at a party Oct. 22.

The Neighborhood Center at 1240 Bent Creek Drive. in Southlake is the venue from 6 to 8 p.m. where guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before an interesting program.

A video presentation will highlight the past 30 years of Mid-Cities SOS along with honoring the stellar lineup of former presidents of the group. Exciting plans for the Jan. 17 Celebrity Chefs event will also be announced, and a check will be presented from the SOS Tennis Benefit. SafeHaven Chairman Scott Rynearson is the special guest speaker at the party.

SOS President Tara Hutchins-Welsh has been a member for nine years and has served in a variety of roles, including co-chairing the Celebrity Chefs fundraiser they host each fall. As to why she serves, Hutchins-Welsh says, “The most rewarding part of leading SOS is attending our tennis benefit and Celebrity Chefs event and seeing the result of all our hard work to make them a success — while knowing that the women and children of SafeHaven are the beneficiaries.”

The club currently has around 80 members, most of whom have been active for about 15 years. More than $1.7 million has been given to SafeHaven by Mid-Cities SOS since the organization was established in 1985.

Martha Ragsdale has been an SOS member since 1992, is a past president and has served in a variety of roles over the years. Ragsdale chose to get involved in SOS because of her firm conviction that women must be treated as equals and have the opportunity for safe, healthy lives. “I am proud to be a small part of the [Mid-Cities SOS] endeavor. Something started by a small group of women in 1985 has now contributed over $1.7 million to SafeHaven of Tarrant County to provide refuge for women and children in need of safety.”

The club meets the first Friday of each month typically at 11:30 a.m. in various locations including one meeting per year at each shelter in Arlington and in Fort Worth. Special guest speakers and updates from SafeHaven staff comprise the programs. A membership tea is hosted in March. Annual dues are $35.

“There is a lot to be learned from our existing members,” Hutchins-Welsh said. “And in order for SOS to continue another 30 years it will require the younger generations to step up and fill their shoes. This is a passionate, energetic group that is focused on our mission to assist SafeHaven through fundraising, publicity and volunteerism.”

Plans are to increase membership by offering more opportunities for members to get involved directly with the shelters, hosting a quarterly social event for members, and discovering ways to build awareness of Mid-Cities SOS throughout the communities.

Reservations for the anniversary party are due Thursday. Admission is $15 for guests and $25 for members. Make reservations online at mid-citiessos.org/?p=1493 or contact Hutchins-Welsh at 817-975-1180.

St. Michael craft fair Saturday

Shopping anywhere is fun, but there’s just something special about a church craft sale. There’s always some amazing ‘find’ and stuff you don’t encounter in run-of-the-mill stores and malls. Experience your unique shopping outing at the St. Michael Catholic Church 35th annual craft fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Bedford.

Shoppers will find crafts, gifts, communion veils, jewelry, and holiday décor. There will be quilts, Afghans, floral arrangements along with baby and children's attire.

Visit the garden center and take home beautiful potted plants. Don’t miss the delicacies at the bake sale, and get the famous Ladies Bazaar recipes by buying a cookbook. There’s some cool things in the raffle, so get a ticket to win.

“We have something for everyone — including man cave items,” said Ladies Bazaar member Jane Goss. “Get a head start on holiday shopping. You are sure to find special treasures with our wide selection of items.”

Preview some of the offerings on the St. Michael’s Bazaar Workshop page on Facebook or contact Goss at 817-283-9116. Admission is free, and proceeds go to charity. The church is at 3713 Harwood Road in Bedford.

AMBUCS Run for the Ride Oct. 24 helps disabled

Run for the Ride 5K race and 1-mile fun run, hosted by the Mid-Cities AMBUCS club, is set for Oct. 24 at 8 a.m. at Bob Eden Park, 901 West Mid-Cities Blvd. in Euless. Named in honor of Bill Hurlbut, it’s the second year for the fundraiser that supports the AMBUCS programs to provide therapeutic tricycles for disabled folks.

If you haven’t seen a therapeutic tricycle for people with disabilities, take a moment to Google it and prepare to be impressed. Kudos to the Mid-Cities AMBUCS club for their tireless work in providing these devices to so many individuals in our community.

The vehicles are branded as Amtryke, which is fully owned and operated by the national AMBUCS organization according to their website. The Amtryke initiative is a perfect fit for an organization whose mission is “to create mobility and independence for people with disabilities.” According to the AMBUCS website, more than 30,000 Amtrykes have been provided around the United States.

“Mid-Cities AMBUCS was chartered 12 years ago,” said club president Cliff Bauerle. “We provide Amtryke adaptive tricycles, build wheelchair ramps, and provide scholarships for students enrolled in college therapy programs from our area.”

The club meets the first three Thursdays of each month at Dixie House Cafe at 7 p.m. in Euless, and guests are welcome to attend.

The Oct. 24 race will be timed by RunTime Racing Services and official results will be posted. All runners receive a “Run for the Ride” T-shirt, and medals will be awarded in various categories. Register the day of at 7:15 a.m. and races start at 8 and 8:30 a.m. A big moment comes at 10 a.m. with a moving Amtryke give-away presentation.

Registration fee is $25 per person by Saturday. Youth, senior and group discounts are available. Sign up online at www.ambucsmidcities.org or contact Bauerle at 817-308-6267 to inquire.

Events at a glance

▪ Bedford Library Bazaar is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Pennington Field, 1849 Central Drive. Come to shop or sell. For purchase arts and crafts, tools, antiques, household goods, toys and more. Call 817-952-2350 or visit www.bedfordlibrary.org.

▪ Hurst Craft and Holiday Market is Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hurst Senior Center, 700 Heritage Circle. More than 70 exhibitors will have beautiful handmade and unique items such as quilts, paintings, ceramics, clothing, jewelry, children’s books and toys, and home decor. Cafe open for refreshments. Contact Linda Provence at 817-788 7717.

▪ Bedford ONSTAGE presents Company through Oct. 25. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. The theatre is at 2819 Forest Ridge Drive. Purchase tickets at www.onstageinbedford.com or call 817-354-6444.

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