Northeast Tarrant

Eyes on H-E-B: Tennis tournaments will net help for kids at SafeHaven

Mid-Cities SOS President Tara Hutchins-Welsh with Anna Saunders, Barbara Reese and others.
Mid-Cities SOS President Tara Hutchins-Welsh with Anna Saunders, Barbara Reese and others. Courtesy photo

Mid-Cities SOS will serve up with love the charity tennis tournaments the group is organizing to once again benefit the children residing at SafeHaven of Tarrant County where victims of domestic abuse seek shelter.

Mixed-doubles matches will be played on May 8 at 6 p.m. and women’s doubles matches will run May 12-14 at Southlake Tennis Center. The deadline for players to sign up is Sunday. This is the 24th year the group has hosted the tennis benefit, chaired this year by Elaine Terry and Mia Poorman.

Mid-Cities SOS (Supporters of SafeHaven) is celebrating its 30th year of working to increase public awareness of domestic violence and the refuge and support available to victims. It also provides financial support and volunteers to SafeHaven of Tarrant County. Learn all about it at www.Mid-CitiesSOS.org.

Proceeds from both tournaments will purchase supplies for the play-therapy program at SafeHaven. Therapeutic play is a powerful tool the agency uses to help the children at the shelter resolve a variety of psychological difficulties.

“Presenting the tennis tournaments for all these years is a labor of love, but our partnership with SafeHaven goes beyond filling any resource or financial gaps that arise. We have formed meaningful relationships there that have directly impacted the victims of domestic violence in our area,” said SOS President Tara Hutchins-Welsh.

“I encourage anyone interested in donating their time, money or resources to a worthy cause to consider learning more about Mid-Cities SOS.”

Players and spectators at the mixed-doubles event will enjoy a fun Friday evening of lively tennis action and a delicious barbecue dinner, beer and a chance to win some great raffle and auction swag.

Diamond earring from Richard’s Custom Jewelers; a cooking class; dining cards for Wildwood Grill, Truluck’s and Del Frisco’s Grille; Rangers tickets; spa packages; and a tequila tasting will tempt bidders. And get a raffle ticket to win one of several beautiful themed gift baskets.

Players in the women’s doubles matches beginning May 12 will enjoy a light breakfast, snacks and a delicious lunch. A basket raffle will add to the fun. Each team is guaranteed five rounds of play in a round robin, with division winners playing in the finals.

Register by Sunday at www.usta.com (click on tennis link for tournament #800045115) or contact Mia Poorman at mia@southlaketennis.com or call her at 817-421-5605.

Hurst volunteer service nets big savings for city

A big crowd of nearly 300 people gathered at Hurst Conference Center recently to honor the generosity of people serving in Hurst’s municipal volunteer program, Volunteers in Action (VIA). Held each spring during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, the tropical-themed banquet featured lunch, entertainment and a recognition gift for all 220 volunteers.

“VIA volunteers have provided almost 540,000 hours totaling nearly $8.2 million in services to the Hurst community since the program began 36 years ago,” said Malaika Marion, managing director of community services. City volunteers serve in the police and fire departments, library and the senior center.

“Twenty-seven individual volunteers and 19 volunteer groups were recognized at this year’s banquet, proving that the city of Hurst has the most dedicated volunteers around,” Marion said.

In a special blue-jacket ceremony during a City Council session the day before the banquet, 23 volunteers received the prestigious blue jacket emblazoned with the VIA logo in recognition of reaching the 200-hour mark in time volunteered on behalf of the city.

“Their 200 hours of service is equal to five weeks of full-time work and is a value of $3,400 to the city of Hurst,” Marion said.

To inquire about the program, contact Marion at 817-788-7311. Learn about VIA at www.hursttx.gov.

H-E-B foundation’s 20th anniversary

Supporters, donors, friends and the community are welcome at the Superintendent’s Circle of Giving Celebration on May 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Viridian Lake Club. The event celebrates the 20th anniversary of the H-E-B ISD Education Foundation and its service to the school district and will feature a short program, entertainment, refreshments and congratulations all around.

In charge of the task force for the event is board member Kay Hatch, and hosts for the evening are Superintendent Steve Chapman and the foundation board members.

In the two decades since the foundation was established, more than $590,000 has been awarded in grants to fund a vast array of needs in H-E-B classrooms.

“Thanks to recent generous support from our community, including the H-E-B ISD staff members, we will announce the foundation board’s decision to add $20,000 to our endowment fund in honor of 20 years of service, thus helping to provide a legacy for ongoing support to the district’s students and staff,” said projects director Lerii Smith.

Attendees will hear remarks from special guests Ron Caloss, former superintendent, and founding board Chairman Garry Hamilton.

“We say, ‘Thank you,’ to all the volunteers and donors, past and present, who make our work possible,” said education foundation Chairwoman Alicia McGlinchey.

There is no admission charge, but reservations are required. RSVP to linda@heb.org. To inquire about the event, contact McGlinchey at mapsmom@gmail.com.

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