Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Community Storehouse to provide ‘A Big, Bright Night’ of hope for children

The wine pull at the 2015 Hope Dinner.
The wine pull at the 2015 Hope Dinner. Courtesy photo

Folks in denim and diamonds will be boot scootin’ and partying on Feb. 27 at the annual Hope Dinner, which benefits the amazing programs at Community Storehouse. Guests will enjoy a brand new venue — the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth — where dinner, cocktails, live entertainment, auctions and gaming will combine for a memorable evening.

“Community Storehouse is the only children’s charity in Northwest Tarrant County focused on keeping children in the classroom while going through struggling times,” agency officials say. “Support can include tutoring, counseling, supply donation, and even financial planning.” The charity provided over 46,000 services valued at $1.8 million to more than 4,000 children last year. It serves children in the Keller, Northwest and Carroll school districts.

“Christian Community Storehouse is very excited about our new venue,” Executive Director Barbara Board said. “Helping local low-income children succeed in school can be an overwhelming responsibility, conquered only when a community of folks work together for the good of these children.”

Those planning the event have themed the evening “A Big, Bright Night” and have pulled out all the stops to make certain your experience is unique and inspiring and sprinkled with excitement. Hazard County Band will be back again playing Texas country music with a rock edge, and media personality Scott Murray will keep things moving all through the party.

Brand new this year are casino tables so that guests can enjoy blackjack, roulette, craps and other gaming fun. And don’t worry about keeping any eye on the silent auction while you’re in the casino because mobile bidding will enable you to bid and track your items from your smartphone.

Attractive items in the silent auction include Dallas Zoo package (it includes a VIP animal viewing), Disney tickets, spa, and salon and golf packages, to name just a few. Live auction swag will have bidders competing for a fabulous Vaquero golf package, catered dinner for 10 and a unique night out for you and your friends catered by Central Market.

At a wine pull, you can pick a cork and pull a bottle of chardonnay to cabernet valued at $25 and up. And a fun twist is the opportunity to buy a ticket to win your choice of live auction items (excluding trips). Chances to win are good because only 100 tickets will be sold.

Tickets are $110 each or $200 per couple. Purchase online at www.HopeDinner.com or call 817-431-3340

Junior Woman’s Club ‘Prom Squad’ to provide free prom attire

High school prom is one of life’s most memorable experiences for a lot of girls, but the expense of dressing for the occasion may put it out of reach for some students. The Junior Woman’s Club of Fort Worth is on the job to make sure those girls in local schools who can’t afford the expenses can still participate and enjoy the magical occasion without worry.

The club formed the Prom Squad a number of years ago with the goal of providing prom dresses, shoes, accessories and hair services at no cost to high school seniors ready to celebrate their prom in style. Teens participating in the program are referred through high school counselors.

“There are hundreds of high school girls in our community who can’t afford prom dresses and the Junior Woman’s Club Prom Squad aims to give these girls the prom experience they deserve by hosting a boutique where they can shop for dresses, shoes and accessories free of charge,” said Rebecca Kiel, who is heading up the program.

“We’ll also be providing jewelry by Kendra Scott and complimentary hair services from Dean Allyn Salon,” she added. Every effort is made to accommodate the students’ needs, but dress and shoe sizes are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upcoming shopping days are 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19 from a and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 20 in Margaret Meacham Hall at 1326 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth. Participating young ladies must get an invitation from their school counselor to shop at the Prom Squad.

For students who have not received information about Prom Squad, contact Kiel at rebeccalynnekiel@gmail.com to inquire. To properly plan for the best shopping experience, arrangements to shop should be finalized by Feb. 15.

Visit the club’s website at www.JWCFW.com to learn more about the organization. Club President Crystal Rehling can be reached at president@jwcfw.com.

Haltom Stampede on Saturday raises money for back-to-school fair

Not many local races have been around for 30 years, but the Haltom Stampede is celebrating that milestone and grows in popularity each year. Is that because of the cool buffalo trophies? Or is it the uniquely designed long-sleeve shirts? Or is it because it’s a well-run event for an outstanding cause? You can decide for yourself by participating in the 5K and Fun Run on Saturday at the Haltom Recreation Center, 4839 Broadway Ave.

Proceeds from the event help finance a back-to-school fair each year for needy students in the city. Spokeswoman Christi Pruitt said in the six years since the fair began, they have helped around 5,000 students with school supplies and backpacks. According to Pruitt, all Haltom City schools are Title I with high percentages of students classified as economically disadvantaged.

“We’ll be celebrating 30 years with a walk-through museum complete with displays of photos, memorabilia, awards and shirts from all the years of the Stampede,” Pruitt said.

“A photo booth complete with fun props will help commemorate the occasion with your running buddies. Great music, vendors, and pre- and post-race snacks will be provided by Farmers Market of Fort Worth, Schlotzsky’s Deli of Haltom City, Boopa’s Bagels and Hillshire,” Pruitt added.

The highly coveted trophies are handmade ceramic buffaloes by Maria Amaro from the parks and rec staff. For the anniversary, trophies will be mounted this year courtesy of the Trophy Shoppe in Saginaw.

Race participants and spectators can stroll among exhibits set up by Modern Dentistry with games and goodies, Baylor SportsCare, BodyWorks Chiropractic and their pre-race stretching, tips and coupons. Stop by Jersey Mike’s for some great giveaways, and Camp Gladiator will have fun interactive games.

“Come be a part of history at one of Tarrant County’s longest-running races,” Pruitt said. “There is such rich history with the Stampede, and we want everyone come make memories and celebrate all the years of the Stampede.”

Sign up on site or register at www.HaltomCityTX.com or call Pruitt at 817-831-6471.

Social Eyes guest columnist coming soon

Be on the lookout soon for the occasional Social Eyes column written by a guest columnist.

I am working on a special assignment for the next several months, so I sometimes won’t be available to cover all our great community events and happenings. But we’ll be in good shape because a most capable writer will fill in where needed.

Her name is Rhonda Aghamalian, a freelance writer and communication professional. She’s written many stories in our publications over the years, so some of you may be familiar with her. Or you may know her because she’s my daughter!

So be on the lookout for Rhonda’s byline from time to time. Rest assured she can cover the social scene very well, and I know you’ll love her style.

Please make note that it’s important that you continue sending your news tips and requests for coverage to me as usual.

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