Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Go Red for Women luncheon to raise awareness of women’s heart disease

Circle of Red supporters for Go Red for Women luncheon.
Circle of Red supporters for Go Red for Women luncheon.

The sobering truth is that heart disease and stroke cause more deaths among women each year than all cancers combined. But there’s hope because according to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

The Go Red for Women movement is working to raise awareness and save lives, and that will be the focus at the Feb. 26 Go Red luncheon at the Fort Worth Hilton Hotel. Top sponsors are Texas Health Resources and Pier 1 Imports.

In charge of the luncheon are co-chairs Laura Coffey and Sharon Leite with a big assist from Traci Bernard, Joan Trew, Paula Perrone, Anita Minor and a host of other capable committee members. They’ve arranged a memorable morning and afternoon for the luncheon guests.

The multifaceted event has all sorts of attractions and activities, so arrive early to get the benefit of everything offered. Fabulous breakout sessions including Cooking With Heart — a heart-healthy cooking demonstration from Texas Health Resources — lifesaving CPR training and private health screenings will await luncheon guests.

One of the most expansive silent auctions imaginable will take time to peruse, so make allowances in your schedule to survey the entire display and bid on your favorites. Mobile bidding will be available. Look for the FlightSafety Simulator Ride where the winning bidder will get to taxi, take off and fly an aircraft.

After a delicious heart-healthy lunch, a program packed with moving testimonials and a compelling keynote speech by Marjorie Jenkins from the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at Texas Tech University will be a treat for the audience.

“Texas Health Southlake is honored to partner with the American Heart Association Go Red for Women,” said Traci Bernard, hospital president. “We are committed to spreading the word about women’s health as it relates to heart disease.”

According to Bernard, “One in 3 deaths a year among women is caused by stroke or heart attack. Through education and lifestyle change this is often preventable. As a healthcare provider we celebrate the positive changes that awareness has made in our community.”

Dressing for the occasion is easy — just wear red. Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased online at Tarrantcountygored.heart.org, or call Brian Brooks at 817-698-5443.

Kids Matter Charity Ball Feb. 26 will warm your heart

Each November, scores of underprivileged children and their families are taken on a shopping outing at Kohl’s department store to select new clothes as part of the Around the Block program administered by Southlake charity Kids Matter International. The program has clothed more than 5,500 local children since 2007 and is still growing.

How can you help? One excellent way to offer support is to attend the Kids Matter Charity Ball on Feb. 26 at the Hilton Southlake Hotel. As the main financial engine of the charity, the event raises money to support the worthy programs provided to kids throughout the Metroplex and particularly those in the H-E-B area and Grapevine.

The black-tie evening will include a fabulous seated dinner, specialty cocktail bars, dancing, and live and silent auctions of luxury items. Guests will have a memorable occasion to remember and enjoy celebrating the good things Kids Matter is doing.

The stunning Orient-inspired decor of the event created by awesome floral designer Russell Glenn will wow guests as they enter the ballroom. Live entertainment by the Emerald City Band will have everyone on the dance floor.

Auction swag includes a luxury cruise in the Caribbean and spectacular jewelry designed by Bella Vaughan. Chairing the event is Roxanna Sandlin.

“Unfortunately, there are increasing numbers of children in the Dallas-Fort Worth area who are in serious need. Our goal is to help significantly more children each year,” Sandlin said.

Tickets are $400 per person. Purchase online at www.kidsmatterinternational.org or contact Lana Ebersole at 817-488-7679.

Nominations for youth volunteer service due by Friday

The annual Caring With Commitment event hosted by the Colleyville Woman’s Club each spring is an inspiring and uplifting celebration of community service. The event this year is set for May 19 and will shine a bright light on the good work done by local young people.

But first the club needs nominations for the youth awards, and anyone in the communities in Northeast Tarrant County can participate by submitting a nomination.

Nominees must be between ages 5 and 19 and must either reside in or attend a school in Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, Keller, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Southlake or Watauga.

“The awards recognize voluntary, not paid, service,” spokeswoman Carol Wollin said. “Fundraising activities and lobbying efforts, regardless of good intent, are excluded from consideration. Awards are judged in four age groups and each award may recognize several nominees.”

For graduating seniors, the club offers grants based on on a high school history of volunteer service as well as awarding need-based scholarships that benefit seniors at five specific high schools.

Detailed criteria and nomination forms are available at www.c-w-c.org. Direct inquiries to Nancy Coplen at 817-300-8351. Nominations are due by Friday.

Northwest Education Foundation highlights STEM Academy

Have a power lunch where instead of working through it, you can be a witness to some amazing Northwest school district students and what they have accomplished. The event is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the school administration building.

“The Friends of the Foundation Luncheon will showcase many of the amazing technologies and equipment that students enrolled in the STEM Academy at Northwest High School learn and use on a daily basis preparing them to be future ready,” foundation Executive Director David Hester said.

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call 817-215-0084 or visit www.northwestef.org to make arrangements to attend.

Black & White Charity Ball to help Mansfield families in need

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 financially 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 & White Charity Ball is an opportunity to visit with old friends, make new friends and dance the night away,” Walker said. “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. Live auction swag features a liquor wagon, custom jewelry and entertaining packages.

“Mansfield Cares is referred to as the safety net for our community,” President Lisa Stewart said. “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 students as well as 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.

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