Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Black & White Charity Ball to help Mansfield families in need

Cindi Walker and Karen Tecklenburg, co-chairs of last year’s Mansfield Cares ball.
Cindi Walker and Karen Tecklenburg, co-chairs of last year’s Mansfield Cares ball. Courtesy photo

Glitz and glamour will be on display as throngs of guests arrive at Mansfield’s premier charity event on Feb. 27 at Walnut Creek Country Club for the Black & White Charity Ball.

Hosted by local nonprofit Mansfield Cares, the event draws a sizable crowd every year, including the city’s most elite dignitaries and business owners who gather for the elegant party to raise money for economically challenged families in Mansfield.

The sparkling evening will include cocktails, dining on lavish hors d’oeuvres at themed food stations along with dancing and exciting live and silent auctions. Heading up a dedicated event committee are co-chairs Cindi Walker and Christy Silvas.

“The Mansfield Cares Black and White Charity Ball is an opportunity to visit with old friends, make new friends and dance the night away,” said Walker. “But most importantly, help our community be a better place.”

Guests at the party will enjoy live music by the King David band while they browse an extensive silent auction that will offer gift cards and baskets from numerous restaurants, boutiques and entertainment venues as well as jewelry, electronics, golf packages, autographed sports memorabilia, concert tickets, and other tempting items.

In a twist, the fifth bidder on silent auction items is entered in a drawing the win a fabulous prize. So bid big if you’re fifth. More fun at a wine pull, and no telling how much cash lands in the winner’s pocket in a split the pot contest.

Bidding should be fierce during the live auction for an opportunity to take home fabulous libations from a liquor wagon. Or your heart’s desire might be a custom designed one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry or perhaps a party on the patio package including food and entertainment.

“Mansfield Cares is referred to as the safety net for our community,” said President Lisa Stewart. “That means we don’t direct all our resources to just one cause. Instead, we provide financial assistance to a number of organizations that benefit those who truly need help.”

Stewart said the organization’s broad reach funds food vouchers, angel tree gifts, school supplies, and scholarships for Mansfield school district students as well as the free medical services at the Caring Place clinic. Mansfield Cares also helped establish a new food bank operated by Harvesting International.

Tickets are $125 in advance or $150 at the door. Purchase online at www.MansfieldCares.org or contact Stewart at lisatcu1@gmail.com.

Inaugural Dream Makers Banquet Feb. 25 to honor educators, supporters

A night dedicated to exceptional educators and those who support them will be the hallmarks of a brand new event hosted by the Arlington ISD Education Foundation on Feb. 25 at Cacharel Grand Ballroom.

Dubbed the Dream Makers, the banquet will put the spotlight on teachers who received the latest round of grant awards from the foundation for classroom projects. Sharing the spotlight will be those who have done the heavy lifting over the years to make the educational grants possible.

Guests will enjoy cocktails at a cash bar and later a gourmet meal prepared by Cacharel’s award-winning chefs along with a silent auction featuring the exemplary artwork of 53 Arlington fifth-grade students.

Board member and event chairwoman Linda Dipert said the foundation’s mission is to award extraordinary teachers for their innovative ideas. “The Dream Makers Banquet is to recognize and celebrate these educators, their students and our community supporters.”

Since 1994, the foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to schools across the district. Last May, the foundation awarded more than $40,000 in grants to 12 campuses to fund a diverse range of classroom initiatives including STEM projects, reading and literacy programs, two elementary choir groups, a college preparation initiative for a junior high and a social studies project.

Founding members Lynn Hale, Smith Brownlee, David Jackson, Lisann Peters, Alice Peterson, Jean Richerson, John Dowdy, Billie Farrar, Dan Dipert, Tom Cravens, Tom Cronk, Bailey Ruff, Bob Duncan, Ann Morris, Ron Howell and Alvie Burdine will be honored at the event.

Also to be recognized are past presidents David Jackson, Ron Howell, Alvie Burdine, Bill Lynch, Jim Maibach, Greg McCarthy, Elizabeth Banda-Calvo, Laura Jones and Mike Jarrett.

Tickets are $35 per person or $350 for a table. Make reservations by Feb. 13 at www.ArlingtonEF.org or call Executive Director Brian White at 682-867-1927.

HRA’s Fashion-ABLE event: Not your ordinary fashion show

Arlington-based nonprofit Helping Restore Ability (HRA) invites the community to a brand-new event in a chic Dallas venue, Lofty Spaces, on Feb. 25 to help raise money for a good cause.

Hosted by the recently established HRA Woman’s Auxiliary, the evening will feature drinks and bites from Le Gourmet Valet and the musical styling’s of the Marcus Rockwell Trio.

The main event will thrill the audience as models with disabling conditions walk the runway outfitted in Ming Wang and ZAR Clothier’s fall fashion collections in the show with a “Work to Gala to Weekend” theme. Accessories by Kendra Scott will splendidly accent the fashions.

HRA’s amazing programs are aimed to help folks with disabilities remain self-sufficient so they can maintain their independence and dignity. Monies raised at the event will enable HRA to care and advocate for Texans with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities throughout the state.

“Helping Restore Ability gained inspiration and excitement last year when Jamie Brewer became the first model with a disabling condition to ever walk the New York Fashion Week Runway,” said HRA executive Kimmie Hack. “Inspired by her courage and determination, we want this event to bring awareness of inclusion and independence to all Texans with disabling conditions.”

Fashion show emcee will be the talented attorney, actress, model, super mom and football wife Dawn Neufeld. Former NFL pro Gary Baxter will lead the catwalk.

“I am so excited about this amazing fashion show,” said Neufeld who help plan the event along with auxiliary members Rosalind Rice, Sheryl Holloran, and Sharon Little.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to put the spotlight on our models — all of whom have had to overcome adversity. And we get to raise funds for Helping Restore Ability at the same time. It’s a win-win,” Neufeld added.

Tickets are $30 per person and sponsorships start at $500. Make reservations at hrafashionableshow.eventbrite.com or purchase at the door if space is still available. The Lofty Spaces venue is located at 816 Montgomery St. Questions? Call Hack at 817-635-6020.

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