Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Evening of Hope Gala benefits AIDS Outreach Center

Guests at the 2015 Evening of Hope Gala.
Guests at the 2015 Evening of Hope Gala. Courtesy photo

An evening of black-tie elegance May 21 at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel will be a memorable affair as guests enjoy cocktails, dinner, auctions, music and haute couture fashions — all for an exceptionally good cause.

“Evening of Hope is an event to recognize an individual and an organization for inspiring our work and community, AIDS Outreach Center Executive Director Shannon Hilgart said. “It is a fantastically fun gala — with a fashion show — that raises funds for AIDS Outreach Center’s vital prevention services and programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. We plan to sell out again this year.”

Cocktails will start the fun while attendees browse a silent auction featuring dining cards, spa packages, electronics, art, sports memorabilia, a Dirk Nowitzki jersey and lovely items from the George W. Bush Library among other tempting swag. Kube’s Jewelers has donated gorgeous pieces to be raffled, and a wine pull will put great vintages in the wine racks of every participant. The live auction offers a Grand Caymans trip, a private party for 10 guests and several other luxury items.

For their remarkable service to the organization, Hilgart and board President Cheryl McDonald will present the individual Award of Inspiration to Kelly Smith and the community service Award of Inspiration to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Center spokeswoman Penny Rowell said a a 9- by 12-foot panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on exhibit as a highlight of the occasion. The quilt is sponsored by the Worthington, and the hotel will also have it on display in its lobby two days before the gala.

Talented actor and director B.J. Cleveland will emcee the program, where Paul Geisel will be the keynote speaker. Co-chairing the event are David Adcock and Scott Green. Directors of the fashion show are Neale Jones and Craig Canant of Dallas Light & Sound. Trey & the Tritones will play live music for dancing.

Strutting the runway wearing fashions by Pride Tux, ES Collection, Escada, Paparahzzi Couture and other fab designers will be professional models along with a slew of such local celebs as Stephanie Culver, DiAnn Sanchez, Carolyn Wang, Mark Petersen, Dan Villegas, Drew Herring and Alyce Jones to name only a few.

The gala’s theme is “What we do for love” — so show a little love by buying a ticket or a table so that the mission of serving people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS with dignity and respect” can continue. Reservations are due by May 16. Contact Rowell at 817-916-5224 to make arrangements to attend.

William C. Moyers headlines Stars in Recovery luncheon May 18

For 28 years the Stars in Recovery luncheon has been one of the most powerful voices in the community to shine a light on the problems of drug and alcohol addiction and other mental health issues.

Produced by the Recovery Resource Council to raise awareness and money for the mission to promote recovery from these problems, this year’s event is set for May 18 at the Omni Hotel. Lockheed Martin executive Eric Fox will emcee, and Fort Worth Councilwoman Kelly Ann Gray is the honorary chairwoman of the event.

The celebrity guest speaker is noted author, journalist and executive with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation William C. Moyers. Moyers (the son of journalist and former White House press secretary Bill Moyers) is many years into his recovery from addiction, and he joins a distinguished list of recovering celebrities who have been spotlight speakers at this event. Moyers will share with the audience his amazing story of his descent into drug use and difficult battle to regain his life.

“Addiction is a disease that affects so many people regardless of background. Attending our luncheon and learning about our work in the community is important because even if you don’t know someone with an addiction now, you eventually will,” spokeswoman Dimanche Brewer said.

Guests will have a chance to bid on impressive auction items including tickets to the Thanksgiving Day Cowboys game and a trip aboard a private jet to the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain resort, among other wonderful gifts and services.

New this year will be a chance to buy a $100 Grab Bag with contents valued at that cost or considerably more. Randomly placed in a few bags will be jewelry worth hundreds of dollars.

“There is a huge stigma around abuse — sometimes people don’t get help because of that,” Brewer said. “At the luncheon, people can see how raw and real addiction is and discover that it’s OK to ask for help.”

Tickets are $150 each. Buy in advance at www.recoverycouncil.org, or call Brewer at 817-332-6329. If seats remain, tickets will be available at the door.

Events at a glance

  • Nominations for Legacy of Women Award are due May 20. If you know a woman leaving a legacy in our community, nominate her for the 2016 Legacy of Women Award. The award, sponsored by SafeHaven of Tarrant County, honors outstanding achievement in the arts, business, education, health and human services, and volunteerism. The winners will be presented at the 24th annual Legacy of Women Awards Luncheon in October. Information, criteria and nomination forms are at www.safehaventc.org, or call 817-502-7132.
  • Founders Day Celebration is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wild Rose Heritage Center, 133 E. Bates St. in Keller. Hosted by Old Town Keller Foundation, the celebration commemorates the first time the train stopped in Keller, in 1883. The family-friendly event will feature old-time music all day, food, shopping at the Heritage Market, children’s crafts and games, and demonstrations of skills from yesteryear along with tours of the Heritage Center and a rummage sale. Free admission and parking. Call 817-228-3929 to inquire.
  • Salute to Community Bands is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in Texas Hall at UT Arlington. Enjoy beautiful music from the East Fort Worth Community Jazz Band (11 a.m.), Rockwall Community Band (12:15 p.m.), Greater Fort Worth Community Band (1:30 p.m.), Irving Symphonic Band (2:45 p.m.), Oak Lawn Band (4:15 p.m.), Mansfield Wind Symphony (5:30 p.m.), Carrollton Wind Symphony (6:45 p.m.) and Arlington Community Band (8 p.m.). Admission is free. Contact Velma Bogart at vlbogart@flash.net to inquire.
  • German Band of North Texas Spring Concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Orchestra Hall, 4401 Trail Lake Drive. The concert band plays a variety of German, Austrian and Czech music and is directed by Edward Lobb. Refreshments are available. Admission and parking are free. Inquiries to John Shafer shafer817@yahoo.com.

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