A brand new fundraising event — the Inspiring Hope Luncheon — will launch on May 6 at noon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington hosted by The Salvation Army.
“The luncheon will give supporters, volunteers and local dignitaries the opportunity to learn more about the good work of The Salvation Army while providing much-needed funding for the Gene and Jerry Jones Family North Texas Youth Education Town (YET) and the Family Life Center,” said spokesman Alexis Spears in a news release. Both of the facilities are located in downtown Arlington.
Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys and longtime partner of The Salvation Army locally and nationally, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon.
The YET serves disadvantaged youths in Arlington with programs to help them improve their communication skills, increase their graduation rates and work toward productive careers after they graduate.
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The 16-unit Family Life Center at the Arlington Salvation Army headquarters provides housing for families as they transition into stable housing and learn about job searching, financial responsibility and other life skills.
Cardboard Boat Regatta sails on Saturday at Hurricane Harbor
What do castles, locomotives, arks, carriages, tennis shoes, toothpaste tubes and race cars have in common? They are all names of cardboard boats that have sailed in the Cardboard Boat Regatta since the event began 25 years ago.
On Saturday, the 26th edition of the event hosted by the River Legacy Foundation will bring Six Flags Hurricane Harbor to life as amateur boat builders gather to sail their cardboard creations in the Wave Pool at the park and compete for trophies and bragging rights.
“I love that the Cardboard Boat Regatta is not only a significant fundraiser for River Legacy Foundation, but has evolved into a fun and popular community event that attracts students, families, and corporations who participate for the hands-on math and science applications, team spirit and just plain fun,” said spokeswoman Kristi Payne.
“What our participants can create out of cardboard is amazing, and I cannot think of anything more rewarding for our student participants than getting the hands-on learning experience of designing and building a boat completely out of cardboard and successfully race it in the Wave Pool,” said Payne, adding, “Of course, sinkings can be pretty fun too, and there is a trophy for that.”
Guests at the event can also enjoy unlimited rides on the Tornado, Tsunami Surge and Typhoon Twister with the purchase of a $10 wristband. If you didn’t plan in advance, on-site boat-building kits are available. Popular for the little ones are the Raingutter Regatta and playtime in Hook’s Lagoon, and don’t miss out on fabulous prizes for winners of the Whale Sail.
Save by purchasing tickets for $6 through Friday at River Legacy Living Science Center. Tickets at the gate are $8. Proceeds from the event benefit the educational programs of River Legacy Living Science Center and improvements to River Legacy Parks.
Teachers honored at Celebration of Excellence by AWARE Foundation
You can’t find a happier crowd that the one that gathers each year at the UTA Bluebonnet Ballroom for the Celebration of Excellence dinner event hosted by the AWARE Foundation. The popular awards dinner attracts hundreds of education enthusiasts who want to sing the praises of individual teachers doing an exceptional job in the classroom. The event is slated for May 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Since 1989, the all-volunteer organization has awarded in excess of $385,000 to more than 200 Arlington teachers through the Awards of Excellence presented at the annual banquet each spring. AWARE is an acronym for Arlington Will Award and Recognize (Educational) Excellence.
“Everything we do at the banquet is designed to provide a memorable evening for the teachers, and it’s wonderful to see our teachers enjoying the night’s celebration,” said AWARE President Gena Williams.
Forty-one teachers who were nominated this year in various grade-level categories will be introduced on stage, and each will receive a $50 award from the foundation. A $100 gift goes to teachers who become finalists. Anyone from the community may nominate a teacher for the award.
“Since January, the selection committee has been busy observing AWARE nominees and interviewing our finalists,” said Beth Hellier, who heads up a large selection committee of community volunteers that observes each nominated teacher in the classroom setting.
“It was difficult for most teams to choose a winner and runner-up because the nominees are all outstanding educators.”
Those winning the Award of Excellence receive $3,000, and runners-up each receive a cash award of $1,500. The awards have no restrictions and can be used as the teachers wish. In a random selection, two of the winners will get the use of a car from Sewell Lexus for the summer.
Lisann Peters, one of the founders of the AWARE Foundation, will be recognized with a special honor at this year’s banquet for her extraordinary contributions to Arlington’s schools. Also on the program are the always entertaining talks by last year’s winners who share what the award has meant in their lives.
A massive prize drawing has become a signature moment at the banquet, and there’s a buzz of excitement among the throngs of teachers as they arrive and sign up for a chance to win. Restaurant and retail gift cards, spa services, and weekend stays at Great Wolf Lodge are only a few of the goodies to be given away.