The annual Meet the Champions fundraiser for the Punching Out Parkinson’s group will offer a star-studded lineup of special guests Jan. 25 at Lone Star Park.
Guests at the event will be spellbound by the inspiring talk by Dewey Bozella, winner of the 2011 ESPN Arthur Ashe Courage Award. His story of being wrongly imprisoned for murder for 26 years and then his journey to a professional boxing match at the age of 52 is truly amazing.
Sharing the billing with Bozella will be Boxing Hall of Fame member Terry Norris, a WBA light middleweight champion. The audience will love his success story.
Fox 4 sports anchor Mike Doocy will be the master of ceremonies for the evening.
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Funds raised help continue the Punching Out Parkinson’s team that works out at Paulie Ayala’s Fort Worth gym as they use the training to battle the debilitating effects of the disease.
According to party organizer Gary Schmitz, the program is successful and growing. “We currently have more than 50 people ranging in age from 40 to 83 that are effectively using this training. Last year at this time we were at 15 to 20 in our program.”
Guests will also enjoy a fabulous dinner and have time for socializing and mingling during a silent auction and raffle.
Tickets are $50 each. To reserve your seat, go to www.punchingoutparkinsons.org/meet-the-champions-ii.html. Direct inquiries to Schmitz at 817-881-8298.
Pantego Pancake Breakfast & Raffle
Who can resist the tantalizing aroma of pancakes and bacon? And few can cook up a breakfast any tastier than those Pantego Lions.
The club’s annual Pancake Breakfast & Raffle is set for Jan. 25 from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Odis Pharr Community Center, 3535 Marathon St.
And here’s the best part: There’s no admission fee because you can enjoy the delicious meal for only the cost of a $6 raffle ticket.
“The raffle ticket will get you a breakfast. Therefore you could not only win a prize but also have breakfast for only $6,” said Calvin Kost, who heads up the event.
Might as well buy a slew of raffle tickets because the proceeds will help the Lions to continue serving local schools and charities, including A Wish With Wings, Arlington Charities, Meals on Wheels, Arlington Life Shelter, SafeHaven, SpiritHorse, the Salvation Army and Miracle League.
Kost and the other Lions members are hitting the streets asking local merchants to donate gift cards and merchandise for the raffle. The goal is to have at least 40 prizes to raffle off.
A Pantego Boy Scout troop raises money for projects by helping the Lions with ticket sales and then splitting the ticket proceeds with the Lions — a definite win-win scenario. As of press time, they were still seeking a retail location so be on the lookout for them.
Tickets are also available at the door or from any Lions Club member. Call Kost at 817-861-3510 with questions.
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Jeans to Jewels
Supporters of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce will enjoy an evening at Austin Ranch at the Hilton DFW Lakes on Thursday at the annual awards shindig. Organizers say the attire is “Jeans to Jewels” — the theme of the event.
The party includes a wonderful dinner, entertainment and fun for all guests. The spotlight moment of the night comes when winners of several awards are announced.
The D.E. Box Citizen of the Year goes to an individual who has helped to improve the economic, civic and cultural well-being of the Grapevine area. The person who has made exceptional leadership contributions will be named the winner of the Don Ramey Community Spirit Award. The award for Member of the Year goes to a business that has made outstanding contributions to the Grapevine chamber, city of Grapevine and civic organizations during the past year.
The Ted Willhoite Legacy Award for someone who has shown a pioneering spirit in inspiring and educating others will also be announced along with the Women’s Division Woman of the Year award.
Local companies that have made exceptional contributions to the chamber and the community will be inducted into the Business Hall of Fame.
Tickets are $50, and reservations are due today. Call the office at 817-481-1522 or sign up online at www.grapevinechamber.org.