Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: GAP Walk-a-Thon Saturday dedicated to slain police officer David Hofer

Trinity GAP members with a shelter pet up for adoption.
Trinity GAP members with a shelter pet up for adoption. Courtesy photot

Grab your walking shoes and head out to Trinity High School track from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday for the GAP Walk-a-Thon. Hosted by the Girls Awareness Program (GAP) club, the annual fundraiser helps pay for vet care and boarding at the Euless Animal Shelter to save the animals until they can be adopted.

“Our walk this year is dedicated to the memory of Euless police officer David Hofer. He and his fiancee, Marta Danylyk, adopted one of our GAP dogs, Mickey, in December,” said Steffenie Vela, GAP club sponsor. “Shirts have been sold for $10, and $5 of the proceeds are going to Marta to help care for Mickey.”

Walkers are invited to bring a friend along with their friendly leashed dog — or choose one of the shelter dogs to walk with — to illustrate the event’s theme, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Walk Alone.” Teams are encouraged, and it is suggested that team members get sponsors for their walkers.

“Many of the shelter pets require vet services to help them heal [and] become well and more easily adoptable,” writes Michelle Smith, a GAP rescue volunteer, who explained that adoption fees and GAP donations pay for the vet services. GAP aims to keep adoption fees low so it can sponsor every pet that comes to the shelter. “We don’t pick and choose to save only the cute, furry, highly adoptable pets. We work hard to save them all.”

Besides the chance to adopt a new furry member for your family, the event will have vendors, raffles and a bake sale. Microchipping for $20 will be offered.

Can’t make it to the walk? That’s OK because online donations are gratefully accepted. Make your contribution and see all the pets in need at trinitygaprescue.org. Contact Vela at steffeniegaprescue@gmail.com for more information.

Bennett’s Bash to raise awareness, funding for kids battling cancer

A gala evening April 30 at the Hurst Conference Center will feature a cocktail reception, silent auction, live entertainment and dinner to raise money for young patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dubbed “Bennett’s Bash,” the event is named in honor of Bennett Coleman, who lost his battle with cancer in 2014.

Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. followed by a short program featuring Bennett’s family. The evening will conclude with a performance by Whiskey Pants. Attire for the event is boots or cocktail. A two-night stay at Boca Raton Resort & Club is only one exciting auction item that will be up for grabs.

“Bennett’s struggle introduced us to the painful world of cancer,” writes Ben and Megan Coleman, Bennett’s parents. “But the people of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital were there to make sure we never walked alone. As an organization they do so much more than treat life-threatening diseases. St. Jude lovingly and professionally cares for the entire family’s well-being.”

Reagan Stricklin, owner of Impact Floors and event sponsor, said it is an honor to be affiliated with St. Jude’s as it helps families struggling with illness

The event committee includes Meg Reavis, Bonne Whittaker and Val Haynes. Tickets are $65 per person or $100 for VIP ticket. Purchase online at stjude.org/bennettsbash.

Bedford Artsfront exhibit opening is Saturday

After a successful beginning last year, Bedford and its cultural commission will continue the Storefront Art Program designed to bring additional arts and culture to residents and visitors.

This year’s exhibit is at the Bedford Central Plaza, at the corner of Central Drive and Harwood Road, from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

“Join us as we welcome the newest art installation in the unused storefronts of Bedford Central Plaza on Saturday,” said city spokeswoman Natalie Foster. “Crazy Cowboy Restaurant and the Bedford Cultural Commission will be hosting the event in the parking lot, and there will be something for everybody.”

“The event will have live music featured by local performers, an ArtsFront exhibit opening, artisan shopping and fun for the whole family,” Foster said. Admission to the event is free. Learn more by calling 817-952-2317.

MOMS Club new member brunch April 22

The MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club is an international nonprofit organization specifically for at-home mothers everywhere. The H-E-B chapter will host a new member brunch at 10:30 a.m. April 22 at Bedford Boys Ranch.

“This will be a great opportunity for prospective members to meet other moms and get acquainted with the club and the different activities that it has to offer,” said member Jessica Parsley. “The club supports the community through service projects and fundraisers to help local organizations benefiting women and children.”

Parsley said the club is “an amazing group of women and children” where members can find a support group with common needs and interests.

“We have age-specific biweekly playgroups, kids outings, Mom’s Night Out, book club, brunches and more. Both you and your children will have the opportunity to create lasting friendships,” Parsley said.

Learn more about the national group at www.momsclub.org or contact Parsley at hebmomsclub@yahoo.com.

H-E-B Chamber of Commerce annual golf classic is April 21

A wonderful day of golf and fun at the Texas Star Golf Course in Euless hosted by the H-E-B Chamber of Commerce is set for April 21. Tee time is 1 p.m. in the Florida scramble format.

“The H-E-B chamber’s annual golf tournament will be a terrific time for all levels of golfers — there will be three flights, with trophies for first- and second-place teams,” said chamber CEO Mary Frazior.

“Door prizes are plentiful, and you’re guaranteed to have lots of fun and fellowship. Proceeds from the tournament go to support chamber programs such as Challenge By Choice and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy,” Frazior said.

Golfers will enjoy a putting contest with $10,000 cash prize and hole-in-one contests with Southwest Airlines tickets and a set of Taylor Made irons as prizes. Participants can also compete in contest for chipping, longest drive and closest to the pin.

Texas Star golf pro Dan Walden will be assisting golfers on the driving range, and lunch will be provided by Chick-fil-A in Euless. Later a delicious steak dinner from Outback Steakhouse in Hurst will be the finale before awards are presented.

Register at www.heb.org. Fees are due by Sunday.

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